Bedroom color ideas: 18 gorgeous (and easy) ways to update with paint

Looking for amazing bedroom color ideas? Whether you love pale pastels or more dramatic bedroom paint colours, we've got you covered...

Bedroom color ideas
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Our gorgeous bedroom color ideas make for an easy bedroom update. And, if you are on a budget, we always say that painting is one of the most cost-effective and versatile bedroom decorating ideas around. Especially if you grab the brushes and rollers and do it yourself. But how do you go about choosing the perfect bedroom color scheme? 

First, consider the mood you want to create: bright and cheerful, cozy and muted, or dramatic? Then, think about your bedroom's orientation: how much sunlight does it get and how will the colors you're considering look under both natural daylight and lamplight? Now think about your bedroom's size: do you want your small bedroom to feel larger or does size really not matter that much to you in a bedroom?

If you are feeling a bit flummoxed by all those questions, don't worry we cover them all below as part of our bedroom paint ideas gallery.

1. Add atmosphere with dark bedroom colors

Dark paint on bedroom ceiling

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Gone are the days when white was the only color allowed on ceilings and woodwork. Now, you can choose pretty much any shade you like. Dark ceilings can make a real statement, especially when contrasted with paler walls.

For bedroom design ideas head over to our feature. 

2. Highlight a feature with a different shade 

Dark purple bedroom with Heartwood and Blacberry Bush paints by Dulux

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Copy this bedroom paint idea and choose one strong color – then, pick a lighter accent tone of the same color to show off your room's features to add an extra touch of character. The paler circle around the mirror and the stripe at coving height (below) soften the effect of the deep purple paint color; a similar approach will create a bedroom paint wall design that is unusual and striking.

The pale pink used in this bedroom is Dulux Heart Wood; the deep berry shade of the main wall is Blackberry Bush. Both these earthy purples work beautifully with light- to mid-toned wood.

3. Go for dramatic, deep bedroom colors

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Darker paint colors work really well if you balance the rest of the color scheme carefully: choosing pale colors for the bedding, furniture, flooring, ceiling and window dressing will be particularly important in a room that gets poor natural daylight, but will keep brighter spaces feeling airy in the daytime, too. Add in a few touches of a warmer accent shade, such as pastel pink to keep the room feeling welcoming.

Here, the pale bedding, cream rug and flooring all contrast with the beautiful deep blue wall color. For something similar try Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue. Love this room? Go and check out more dark decorating ideas

4. Create a coastal feel with blue and white bedroom colors

Light Cobalt by Dulux

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Still love the enduringly popular New England coastal look? We don't blame you – it never dates and always looks fresh and clean. Here, the dado rail has been created with a pencil-thin line of red paint, crisply separating the blue and white. To recreate this bedroom paint idea, choose an accessory or two in the same shade of red (or whatever color you pick) to tie the scheme together. Love this love? Check out more coastal decorating ideas

5. Get on-trend with painted geometric shapes

geometric wall pattern in pink, grey, blue and white by Fired Earth in a bedroom

(Image credit: Fired Earth)

Geometric paint effects are very trendy – so why not add your own graphic design to your bedroom walls with little more than a roll of masking tape and the best paintbrush (see our pick of the best)? Use white as your canvas, and select some pretty pastel tones to complete the look. You may even get away with tester pots for the lesser-used accent shades. Team with bedding in similar shades to complete the look. For more pretty pastel decorating ideas check out our feature. 

6. Create an ombré effect 

grey moody wall mural in contemporary living space by pixers

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A look that isn’t going anywhere, the ombre effect is a great bedroom paint idea. Choose two colors, using the darker tone at the bottom, then slowly introduce the lighter shade as you work towards the top of the wall. 

Fancy giving the ombré effect a go yourself? It's actually a really easy DIY jobbie, just check out this step-by-step guide to creating an ombre accent wall. And if you aren't the best at painting, this is actually a mural by Pixers, if you want to cheat the look. 

7. Brighten a dull room with sunshine hues

Mustard yellow paint 'Humpty Dumpty' by Earthborn on a bedroom wall

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Don’t be afraid to try warmer, more intense shades with your bedroom paint ideas, especially if yours faces north or east, has a small window or has proportions that make it feel unwelcoming. Picking a yellow? For your bedroom paint colors stay away from citrus shades, which will be too bright, and pick earthier tones instead. Team with crisp white woodwork for a fresh look and accent with black accessories to give the room a contemporary edge.

This charming color, inspired by ochre clays, is  Humpty Dumpty by Earthborn who make fab bedroom wall paint. And if you love it, you are going to love our yellow room ideas feature too...

8. Bring the outdoors in with green bedroom paint colors 

Bedroom flooring by Amtico

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Another color that's on-trend is this deep, bold green – and it's perfect for a bedroom, whatever its size or orientation. By day, it's light enough to bounce light around; by night, it will deepen to create an intimate feel. Better still, it's a great match for an abundance of house plants

9. Create a calm look with beautiful neutrals

soft grey bedroom with yellow and orange accessories

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Want your bedroom to be a haven of calm? Or perhaps you like to change the look of a room on a regular basis? If you're not a fan of bold bedroom colors, a neutral bedroom color scheme will create a relaxed, spacious feel that's the perfect backdrop for ever-changing accessories. 

The walls in this bedroom are painted in Farrow and Ball Skimming Stone Estate Emulsion, floors and skirting boards in Wimborne White. Love Farrow & Ball? Exploe the best Farrow & Ball paints for more bedroom paint inspiration. 

10. Try chalkboard paint in kids' rooms

Space-themed children's room with chalk paint wall

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Do you have creative kids? They will love this paint idea! Whether they like to practice maths equations or daub graffiti, they can do it on their bedroom walls if you use a chalkboard paint. Our tip? Just keep it to one wall or part-wall, and use a contrasting colour in the rest of the space. Find more great paint ideas for kids' rooms.

For a similar effect try using Benjamin Moore chalk paint in Space Black (2119-10), and go and have a read of our guide to how to create a chalkboard wall for an easy DIY project. 

11. Liven up your bedroom with polka dots

Pink walls in Pashmina with copper spots in a bedroom by Crown

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Create your own feature wall without wallpapering by painting different shapes in various colors against a pale background color; it’s a very effective and easy way to add interest to an existing bedroom color scheme. Use an on-trend metallic for the dots as shown here for a touch of boudoir glamour. 

In this bedroom, Crown Pashmina has been used as the base color, and Copper for the spots. If you're getting a feeling for a pink bedroom, make sure you check out all our pink room ideas

12. Create an elegant finish with painted panels

a panelled bedroom painted in grey

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Whether your walls are tongue-and-grooved or paneled, or you're creating your own paneling from lengths of MDF pinned and glued to the wall, painting it in an authentic, period shade (which also happens to be fashionable for homes right now, too), will give your bedroom an elegant, traditional appeal that's rather smart, too. Then all you have to do is choose contemporary furnishings and accessories for the perfect mix of old and new. 

This lovely deep shade of grey called Scree 227 from Little Greene works really well as a bedroom color with the mustard and grey accessories and the white wall and flooring painted in Shallows 223

Love grey? Check out these gorgeous grey bedroom ideas. Love paneling? Check out these wall paneling ideas...

13. Embrace the trend for warm bedroom colors

Spiced Honey paint colour by Dulux

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It's no coincidence that the Pantone Colour of the Year in 2019 was Living Coral and that Dulux's Colour of the Year in 2019 was also Spiced Honey. They're warm, welcoming and perfect under lamplight for creating that inviting glow you want from bedroom color schemes. Slightly more challenging with a hangover, perhaps?

14. Go for an all white bedroom color scheme

bedroom with patterned rug by carmine teal

(Image credit: Carmine Teal)

Wow. Paint your bedroom white. How groundbreaking. But seriously, an all white bedroom looks clean, crisp and it's never going to date. Pick a really bright white (something like Dulux's White Cottonis a gorgeous bedroom paint) and go to town – paint the ceiling, the woodwork, the walls – to create a (surprisingly) striking look. Add color and pattern with your bedroom accessories and bed linen.

Check out more ideas that prove white can be an interesting color choice in these white bedroom ideas

15. Paint a DIY headboard

DIY painted headboard

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Looking for a bedroom painting hack? Literally, the cheapest alternative to a real headboard, all you need for this quick DIY bedroom paint idea is some paint, a brush (or roller) and some masking tape. Start by using tape to mark out a rectangle around the top of your bed. Then, take your color of choice and start painting, being careful to keep within the lines of the masking tape. Let the paint dry, giving it another coat if it needs one, and then peel away the masking tape. We have loads more where that came from in our DIY headboards feature. 

16. Split the walls with contrasting colors

Bedroom painted in Farrow and Ball Railing and Estate Eggshell

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Period bedrooms have dado and picture rails to divide the wall up into areas that can each be given a different treatment, but if your home is modern and without these authentic details, you can still zone your walls with different colors to create a layered look that's packed with interest. 

Fail-safe rule? Keep the darker of the colors to the lower part of the walls and the lighter above to make the ceiling feel higher and the room bigger. And, if you're picking a bold shade, opt for a non-white, or off white accent color for a softer contrast. For more similar ideas, check out these inspiring color block ideas

17. Paint a bedroom in a grown up pink 

Bedroom idea by Perch and Parrow

(Image credit: Perch and Parrow)

Pink is still a massive trend right now, but in interiors we have moved past the slight brighter millennial pink, towards softer, more blush pinks which we personally think are so much easier to decorate with. Blush pinks are perfect for bedrooms because they instantly make a room feel more cozy and warm and just more inviting, For a great pink paint for bedrooms try Farrow & Ball's Sulking Room Pink

18. Add a pop of red 


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You don't see red all that often in a bedroom, it's seen to be quite a bold almost overpowering color. But we think used in the right quantities it can create a cozy and inviting space. We have seen it work so well in more traditional spaces, where lines are not as clean and walls not as straight, so if you have a period property (or not actually) try painting a feature wall, or a portion of the wall in a dusky, chalky red. Farrow & Ball's Picture Gallery Red is one of our faves. 

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