12 Ways of How to Choose Paint Colors for Bedroom (2022)

As you begin to read this, you wonder when you last paid keen attention to the colors in your bedroom. You reckon that, after all, you sleep there every day. Have you looked at your bedroom lately? A bedroom is your fortress, a calming place where you rest and get intimate. You may want the wall colors to soothe and calm the mind. If not, perhaps you prefer color shades that help you stay alert. Colors have a substantial impact on mood and sleep quality. However, your choice is reflective of style but mostly preference.All the same, before picking your options, we would like you to consider the following factors on how to choose paint colors for bedroom.

1) Personal paint color preference

what are my best colors

Color preferences reflect your personality. Choose colors that match who you are. For instance, if you love being innovative, then yellow is right for you. Also, if you are the quiet type who loves quiet reflection, shoot for blue. Are you extroverted, and at times, do things without forethought? If so, a red bedroom wall is perfect. Red draws attention. Pink has an air of romance around it. People who love pink are full of affection, the more reason to adorn your walls with pink. By choosing orange, you must be highly adventurous and agreeable.

2) Effect of artificial lighting on paint colors


paint colors that reflect light

Regarding your light bulb, incandescent lights emit a yellow-amber glow that makes colors like yellow, orange, and red appear more vivid. Fluorescent bulbs enrich the green and yellow, thanks to their refreshing spark. Halogen bulbs are flexible since their output resembles daylight. With a halogen bulb, you hardly notice when darkness sets in, or when the light from an artificial source takes over. For a bedroom fitted with an LED lamp, consider the smart LED variant. It comes with wireless intensity control that you can adjust remotely. Otherwise, choose a warm or cool-colored light bulb that goes hand in hand with the wall colors.

3) Size of your bedroom

For a small bedroom, you must find a creative way to make it appear larger than it is. Consider color options that include white, purple, gray, beige, and sky blue. These not only have a soothing appeal but also create the feel of being in an expansive space. Large bedrooms require less bright colors. Otherwise, you might find it hard to fall asleep. Here you can still go with the colors that you love but use them sparingly. Green, lavender, yellow, and pink are perfect choices. In both large and small bedrooms, you can also have one or two walls having a darker or lighter shade.

4) Room orientation to natural light

best paint colors for north facing rooms

An object’s color keeps changing at different times of the day. Observe how your carpet looks in the morning and compare its view in the evening. You will notice that the two impressions are not the same. Therefore natural lighting will influence the choice of colors. In looking at your color choice, give some thought to natural light. Bedrooms that face north should be painted in bold colors since natural light subdues bright colors. For a southward facing room, choose dark colors, whereas a bedroom whose windows face towards the east works well with yellow, orange, and red.

5) Surfaces – smooth or rough

Color quality influences the wall texture. Flat surfaces capture light and shadows effectively while uneven surfaces disperse light. Sections of your bedroom walls may have imperfections. Besides, rough textures have a timeless look. By applying a coarse paint finish, you camouflage and make the section appear flat. Choose dark colors as they help make the walls appear closer and the room smaller. A metallic finish intensifies colors while also creating glare. When seeking color options to blend with or camouflage the surface, consider its reflection and absorption characteristics.

6) Existing bedroom furnishers

bedroom wall paint colors and furniture

By painting your wall and furniture with the same colors, you create an effect of disguise. Besides, you make the bedroom appear large and less crowded. The approach comes off well, where you have a small space. Neutral colors such as white, gray, and ivory blend perfectly with accessories. Soft or pastel colors add more elegance, plus you can mix and match with your duvet, carpet, and curtains. Choose hues of yellow, or pink, the same shades that are in your bedroom accessories. Either go for colors that act as a backdrop to the room furnishings or those that blend.

7) Opt for neutrals

A combination of neutral colors with other textural elements such as furniture, linen, and tiles, yields a welcoming space. Interior designers have a name for this aspect. They call it layering. Using this approach allows the colors to linger in the background while allowing furniture and décor to come to the forefront. Take grey and white walls, for instance. They create the impression of a large, welcoming room. Each time you step into your place of comfort, you immediately notice the dresser, couch, and another interior décor. The space comes alive. Besides, neutral backdrops are highly flexible. You can infuse them with any interior design style.

8) Mood

In interior design, words such as “cool” and “warm” are common. They should because these are words that describe your mood as soon as you enter a room. Warm color tones bring feelings of happiness. On their part, the cool tones have a calming and relaxing feel. Examples of warm colors include yellow, orange, and red, while green, blue, and purple represent cool colors.  Whether you want to feel energized or relaxed, adopt a color scheme that will keep you in a favorable mood. Also, while choosing, consider aspects like the intensity of color, daily routines, lifestyle, and personality.

9) Color combination

best color combination for bedroom

When you pair warm or cool colors, you create an interior that pleases the eye. Here, the objective is to bring like temperatures together. An example is a mix of blue and green (cool colors) or beige and brown (warm colors). Alternatively, choose one color but have different tones. For example, deep blue paired with pale blue. Better still, choose colors that complement each other. Diverse options exist, and you can experiment with any of the earlier mentioned approaches. Find your combo and paint it, your bedroom will look stunning.

10) Look online

Before settling on a style, you must address issues such as the mood you would like to induce, style, preferences, or design. If you think about all these at the same time, you might get confused. Besides, you cannot be the type of person who changes their bedroom colors every month. To avoid being trapped in indecision, go online, and look for inspiration. Also, interior decor magazines have a wealth of information. You could buy a few and look at pictures depicting color selection. In the end, you will emerge with a style that gives a guided approach to how your bedroom should appear.

11) Check-in with trends

Neutral colors are trendy, owing to their ability to combine with other colors. Yellow and its shades are gaining traction just as is the case with black. Going a few years back, you will notice that lilac is a popular choice. However, blue and its tones seem to be the norm presently. Pink used to be a gender-specific color, but that is no longer the case thanks to its mood-enhancement abilities. Green evens out with gray, brown, or white, making it an exciting combo to try. Bold colors, such as orange, are worth giving a try. Just like white, orange can also be a dominant color.

12) Test for the right shade

test paint colors

Hundreds of paint shades in existence make it almost impossible to settle on a befitting one. Your local paint store can be of great help. Recall that blue, red, and yellow are the primary colors -any combination yields a secondary color. Analogous colors (blue and purple) are such that one color gains prominence over the other. Complementary colors (red and green) work so well together. Cool colors enhance a room’s size, while warm colors make it look vibrant. Warm and cool colors are complements. Overlapping the shades creates calmness while light colors bring restfulness. Go all out to get the right tone, hold back nothing.


Bedroom walls are the first things you see once you wake up. Similarly, the colors grace your tired eyes before sleep catches up with you. Colors work like magic. They soothe, heal, and refresh. As you pick your preferences, remember to keep everything simple. Also, let your color scheme remain timeless. That way, you can play around with other elements of décor. Lamps, dressers, pillows, and bedding are all layers that will make your bedroom an exciting, lovely, and peaceful space. Consider the factors, as mentioned earlier, when you next spruce your sanctuary. You will be amazed at how well you sleep.

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