12 modern bedroom paint ideas

Whether you’re a fan of pretty pastels or deep shades, colour can transform your bedroom and give it completely new look

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Colour is everywhere we look, in fact, we are surrounded by it on a daily basis. Decorating with paint is also a relatively quick update that can be completed over a weekend, and if you are on a budget there’s plenty of good value paint about to choose from. 

It affects our mood, can cheer us up in an instant, and is also the perfect way to reflect your personality – where better place than your bedroom to do that in? 

The days of plain single coloured walls are fading, the key is to be more adventurous – after all, if you don’t like it you can simply paint over it. Now you can create spots, stripes and graphic shapes, or why not keep your walls white and paint your ceiling instead? 

Anything goes this year so be brave and have a look at our fantastic bedroom paint ideas below for inspiration.

1. Split walls

Gone are the days of painting one wall in a single colour. Whether you decide to go for a colour clash, or colours that complement one another, dare to pair your favourite shade with something other than faithful old white.

The dramatic scheme below is all about contrasts. The deep Amsterdam Green looks fabulous against the gentle tones of the Antoinette pink wall, and the dressing table is also painted in the same pink, both are by Annie Sloan. Grey has been used as an accent colour which works really well as a neutral to ground the palette.

Colour blocking in green and pink in a bedroom my Annie Sloan with dressing table painted in Antoinette pink

(Image: © Annie Sloan)

2. Highlight areas

Have a bit of fun and use bedroom paint colours in different ways to make certain pieces stand out. The circle around this mirror for example, and the stripe below the ceiling, are all great ideas if you want to step away from the conventional look. 

The pale pink is Heart Wood, and the deep berry shade of the main wall is called Blackberry Bush, all Paint Mixing flat matt emulsion, £25.72 for 2.5 litres from Dulux.

Dark purple bedroom with Heartwood and Blacberry Bush paints by Dulux

(Image: © Dulux)

3. Deep tones

Darker paint colours are becoming more popular, and they work really well if you balance the rest of the look carefully. Here, the pale bedding, cream rug and flooring all contrast against the wall colour which is called 'Night Swim' by Valspar. The deep indigo blue – from the Premium Blend v700 walls and floors range from Valspar at B&Q, £25.20 for 2.5 litres – looks great with pale wood furniture to add warmth to the scheme.

Night Swim deep teal blue wall in a bedroom with bed and side table

(Image: © Valspar)

4. Colour blocking

This idea is reminiscent of dado rails, except painted! It will work well if you have high ceilings and you want to draw the eye down. If you decide to paint a thin stripe in between the two colours then use it as an accent and tie it in with a cushion or throw as shown here. 

The blue half is painted in Light Cobalt, and the red stripe can be found here, both are from the Trade Range by Dulux. Other items seen here: Brampton Chevron carpet in sky, £34.99 per m2, Marisa bedframe, £399, bedside table, £136, all Carpetright

blue bedroom using dado rail for paint colour split

(Image: © Carpetright)

5. Geometric shapes

Add a touch of graphic design to your walls with this great bedroom paint idea. White has been used as a canvas, and the main scheme is made up from a selection of pretty pastel tones; Storm, Orchard Pink, Skylon Grey and Yes Your Honour all from Fired Earth. The darkest tone has been used at the top to add depth while the others below create interest. Team with bedding in similar shades to complete the look.

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

(Image: © Fired Earth)

6. Ombre

A look that isn’t going away in interiors or fashion, 'ombre' is a great new way to decorate your bedroom walls with paint. Choose two colours and use the darker tone at the bottom and then slowly introduce the lighter shade on as you work towards the top of the wall. 

Here, Vast Lake and Frosted Lake from Dulux were used together to create this calming look. Other items seen here: Irving clothes rail £25, bell jar lamp, £30, marble print copper lid candle, £4, storage side table, £25, textured cushion, £6, Perfect Day cushion, £6, triangle chenille throw, £15, Sketchy Lines double duvet, £12, and Click Clack sofa bed, £129, all George Home.

sky blue patterned wall in a relaxed bedroom

(Image: © George Home)

7. Sunshine hues

Don’t be afraid to try more intense shades when painting a bedroom. This charming colour is called Humpty Dumpty by Earthborn. It’s a lovely rich hue that’s inspired by ochre clays and is sure to warm up north-facing bedrooms. Team with crisp white woodwork for fresh look and pops of black in the form of accessories to give the room a contemporary edge.

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

(Image: © Earthborn)

8. Botanical green

Bring nature indoors with this lovely shade of green. It’s deeper than your average green, but it’s another colour that will be very popular across interiors this year and works really well in a bedroom. This emerald green shade is by Dulux. It works really well with the Primrose double bed in fuchsia, £745, Button & Sprung.

Bright green wall in a bedroom with a bright pink bed by Button & Sprung

(Image: © Button & Sprung)

9. Beautiful neutrals

We’re not all fans of bold bedroom paint colours, and neutral tones can be simply stunning, creating a backdrop for ever-changing accessories. The walls are painted in Skimming Stone No.241 Estate Emulsion, £78 for 2.5 litres, floors and skirting boards in Wimborne White No.239 Estate Eggshell, £60 for 2.5 litres, and Modern Eggshell, £67 for 2.5 litres, all Farrow & Ball. The pops of colour from the chair and bed add a modern element to the scheme.

soft grey bedroom with yellow and orange accessories

(Image: © Farrow & Ball)

10. Chalkboard paint

There are so many fun ways to use paint these days, all you need is a bit of imagination. The walls are painted in Sultan’s Palace (2081-20), and the woodwork is Ice Mist (OC-67). The clever part here is the chalkboard paint, Space Black (2119-10). It’s created a fun zone that’s perfect for children. Prices start from £20.50 for 0.94 litres, all available from Benjamin Moore Paint.

Kid's bunk beds with blackboard paint wall and red main walls

(Image: © Benjamin Moore)

11. Polka dots

Create your own feature wall by painting different shapes in various colours, it’s a very effective way to add interest to an existing scheme. Or use an on trend metallic as shown here. Recreate this fun bedroom paint look by using the same colours; Pashmina for the base colour on the wall, from £14 for 2.5 litres, and Copper spots, £18.99 for 1.25 litres, all Crown. 

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

(Image: © Crown)

12. Painted panels

If you have tongue and groove, or panelling as seen here, you can paint it in a contrasting colour to the rest of the scheme. This lovely deep shade of grey called Scree 227 from Little Greene works really well with the mustard and grey accessories and the white wall and ceiling that’s painted in Shallows 223(just in shot)

a panelled bedroom painted in grey

(Image: © Little Greene)

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