Painting a Bedroom

painting a bedroom

Colors hold some immense power in the design and appearance of your home. Every shade of color throughout your home tells its own story and expresses individual style.

A bedroom is one of the rooms in your home where you spend a lot of time. Therefore, you need a suitable color scheme for your walls that is appealing for a long time without feeling the need to constantly switch up the colors.

Within the bedroom, a chosen color scheme ought to promote relaxation while being energizing enough to help you get out of that cozy bed in the morning. 

Take some time to consider the following painting ideas for your bedroom.

Which paint color is best for bedrooms?

lavender bedroom


Designers have long suggested a few different colors for bedrooms, each with unique value that they bring into the space.

White bedroom walls have been a staple for many years, as they feel relaxing and brighten up the space during the day. It is a popular choice because you can layer in colorful accessories that further stand out as a result of the plain background.

Lavender is an underutilized neutral color that exudes relaxation, tranquility, and some romance. Choosing a pale lavender color brings a sense of serenity to the bedroom, and you can complement this aesthetic with cozy chairs and sofas draped in solid purple or lavender fabrics to carry the shade throughout the room.

A similarly underrated color scheme for bedrooms is mixing green and pink to create your botanical-inspired surrounding. You can further beautify your walls with a floral-patterned rug to evoke an on-trend biophilic appearance.

Whichever color you choose for your bedroom, ensure you accessorize it with contrasting fixtures whose colors stand out. This will require you to take some time to observe color schemes and the accessories that suit them best.

How to choose the right paint for a bedroom

painting swathes

Testing different colors will allow you to see how much you are likely to enjoy them over a long period. 

Therefore, whether painting your bedroom for the first time or switching up the color palate to something new and refreshing, it is wise to place a few swatches of color on different walls and live with them for a few days.

Once you have spent ample time observing the different color options, you will have a better grasp of whether a particular color works for your space.

How to accessorize the color scheme of a bedroom

Single-color ideas

single colour bedroom


To create a cocooning effect in your bedroom, you can paint the whole room in a single soothing color. This means that the walls, the skirting, the dresser, the window frame, and even the ceiling can be bathed in the same color to appear cozier.

Repeating the main color will help to intensify the mood you are trying to convey. You can connect the color across different surfaces of your bedroom by getting matching accessories whose tones are similar to the main color on the walls. 

You can further this aesthetic by introducing the same color and rich textures in comfy knits, quilted throws, and beautiful upholstery. 

Layering these elements throughout the room will make for a warm and welcoming appearance in the bedroom. Consider using textiles in the room such as the choice of bedding and a color-matched blanket or rug.

Mix and match

mixing colours for a bedroom

You can also use tricks and visual illusions to make your bedroom ceilings seem higher. This idea involves painting a dark color tone on the base and blending it into a white color that continues onto the ceiling. This works best with a white ceiling, making the transition more visually perceptible.

To achieve this effect, pick a bottom color that is soft, cozy, and gives you a cocooning feeling when in bed. Blending this with the white color on top will ensure your bedroom remains light and fresh. 

Paint experts recommend using a roller to paint the bottom half of the walls in one color, and finishing the top side with rough upward strokes of a paintbrush in white paint.

If picking drastically different colors goes too much against the grain for your liking, you can divide the bedroom wall using two different tones of the same color. 

While this also gives the illusion of a higher ceiling, it is less striking to the eye and it blends into the surroundings more seamlessly compared to using vastly different color tones.

mixing bedroom colour


Remember that when splitting the walls with paint, you do not have to blend the two tones at the exact center of the height of the room. 

You can place the horizontal barrier in two-thirds of the height, or any other way that feels comfortable within your eye line.

If a white or brightly colored ceiling does not feel right for you, there are other ways to mix and match different color tones for a pleasing aesthetic. 

You can paint the walls in a bright color, and paint the ceiling in a different deep color to cozy up a bedroom. This works particularly well for bedrooms with high ceilings.

A darker paint on the ceiling works to visually bring the ceiling down, tricking your vision into thinking that the room is more intimate. Medium to dark, deep, and rich color tones such as chocolate brown and navy blue warm up the space and make it feel cozier.

If your bed lacks a statement headboard, you can visually create one using colorful paint in its place. Start by carefully outlining a chosen shape onto the wall and creating a boundary using masking tape. Fill the space in with a bold and bright color to make yourself a DIY headboard that will captivate your eyes for a long period.


The key to getting your bedroom paint color right is to take time and test different shades of colors and gauge the look and feel they give the room.

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