When it comes to painting your home, the choice is truly personal. But with myriad hues and their tonal variations to choose from, the decision process can be excruciating. It’s hard enough choosing a kitchen paint color, let alone one for the all-important boudoir. Aside from the paint, there are emotional implications. If you’re a terrible sleeper, you might want to consider dark colors to ward off insomnia, but if you’re an early riser, then soft, warm tints will help get you up in the morning while still encouraging that cozy feeling.
So what are the best bedroom paint ideas to satisfy your sleep and aesthetic needs? If you’re still unsure which colored path to go down, don’t stress. We turned to the pros who’ve applied more than a coat or two in their time and know what works best. Trust us, these are bound to be a hue that will work for you.
Ahead, they share their favorite colors guaranteed to have you sleeping sound in the chamber of your dreams.
Go Dark to Encourage Lazy Mornings in Bed
“We love using Farrow & Ball for master bedrooms, especially when we go dark because the pigments are so rich. We love designing master bedrooms that feel rich, layered, and mysterious. Since the California sun is so intense, a dark bedroom can be really amazing for lazy mornings in bed.” — Krista Schrock and David John Dick, co-founders of Disc
White Is Warm and Goes With Everything
“We love Farrow & Ball Skimming Stone as well as Cornforth White for a bedroom. The colors are slightly warm and are subtle but saturated, so they look great with everything.” — Lauren Buxbaum Gordon and Sasha Adler, design directors at Nate Berkus Associates
Brown Hues Are Cozy and Warm
“I’m a little biased when it comes to my favorite paint brand, as I have my own. It took over a year to perfect, but I am obsessed with it. For bedrooms, I gravitate toward colors that soothe and are dark. So I choose deep complex pigments because anything you put against them looks and feels grander and edgier than it really is. My number one choice is Crosby; it’s brown with undertones of pink. It’s such a gentle, cozy hue but also deeply enriching and peaceful at the same time, making it a perfect choice for bedrooms.
The best thing is it’s also one of the most adaptable hues in the collection, working beautifully in literally any environment.” — Abigail Ahern
Gray Is a Classic
“This TriBeCa apartment is one of my favorites! The whole apartment is gray and silver, so we wanted to run the theme into the bedrooms, too. For the master bedroom, I used Benjamin Moore Coventry Grey as it has this classic tone that worked perfectly with the charcoal bedhead and the brown fur. The moment we painted the space, it just elevated the feel of the bedroom.” — Tali Roth, Homepolish
Warm Neutrals Will Create a Cocoon
Donald Kaufman Achromatism (price upon request)
Silver Is Gender Neutral and Keeps Things Interesting
“Dunn Edwards’s Silver Spoon is my go-to bedroom paint color. It’s a pale gray-blue that looks good with literally everything. It’s also a gender-neutral color, but you can take it into a more masculine or feminine direction with the other colors you bring into the space. I love it with other shades of blue, and then black and white with pops of colors like red and olive green. It’s one of those colors that changes a bit depending on the time of day and the lighting in the room, which keeps things interesting.” — Max Humphrey
Dunn Edwards Silver Spoon (price upon request)
Choose Contrasting Tones for Dramatic Effect
“This SoHo loft is the tiniest bedroom space I’ve ever designed. There was one brick wall in the space, and the rest were regular plaster. I decided to highlight the texture of the brick with Benjamin Moore Super White and paint the other two walls in Benjamin Moore Graphite.” — Tali Roth, Homepolish
Pale Colors Are Peaceful
“I love pale colors in bedrooms: off-whites, soft grays, ivories. There’s something really peaceful about a pale palette, and if kept fairly monochromatic, it can also be very sophisticated. I’m also a huge fan of white bedding. Even when I use a mix of textiles on a bed, the sheets are usually white with color tints. White makes for calm spaces that are also quite chic.” — Betsy Burnham, Burnham Design
A Soft Gray Will Suit Every Décor Style and Change Along the Way
“For this guest bedroom, I used Benjamin Moore Sidewalk Gray. It is a little cooler and perfect for the kind of space that had little pops of color! It’s the kind of gray that will suit whatever evolution this space goes through.” — Tali Roth, Homepolish
Beige Is Soothing
“For a client’s guest bedroom, we used Benjamin Moore Kitten Whiskers. This color has the perfect balance of warm tones to create a soothing and resting space. It’s a gorgeous color. I love it!” — Sarah Magness, Magness Design
Green Adds a Dramatic Punch
“I love a moody bedroom and never shy away from a deep and dark color. Green Smoke has the right de-saturated and dramatic punch that you want from color whilst still feeling really dreamy and peaceful for a bedroom.” — Tali Roth
Blues Promote a Restful Ambiance
“Soft greens, blues, and teals are always so restful, although it doesn’t have to be the walls; it can actually be the furniture, too, as is the case in the Cortazzo Ranch. I use Benjamin Moore paints as they cover so well, and the color spectrum is so wide. They have beautiful tonal ranges within each color block.” — Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Martyn Lawrence-Bullard Design
This post was originally published on August 30, 2016, and has since been updated.