Every perfectly serene bedroom starts with the right shade of paint. Anyone who has ever watched a popular home makeover show knows that neutral shades in bedrooms are often chosen over more bold colors for their power to calm a space. Feng shui masters have long pondered which shades to use in a bedroom and which ones to avoid, claiming that some help you wind down and relax, while others only rile you up and make you restless. Just think about this: Would your mind immediately go to a cozy, restful place if you walked into a bold firetruck-red bedroom? Probably not.
Picking the right neutral bedroom color to paint your walls all starts by asking yourself what other colors will be in the space. Do you own mostly warm tones or cool hues? Are you a fan of all-white spaces? Do you get a ton of natural light or very little? Once you narrow down these answers, you can start to pick the best color for you.
Ahead, we highlighted some of the best neutral bedroom colors for all types of spaces and noted which colors to pair them with.
This soft and airy blue-green hue brings a sense of calm to any space. Use it with warm white tones to create a serene sanctuary. "In the bedroom, I love a room that's both serene and happy," says interior designer Kimberly Ayres. "Go for soft color combinations, like duck-egg blue and champagne, and then add a mix of fresh patterns."
Clare Neutral Territory
This sandy beige asserts itself with subtle red undertones that cast a neutral and natural hue in any bedroom.
Use this sandy beige alongside other warm tones to create the perfect monochromatic bedroom.
"I love to keep the color of a bedroom simple, timeless, and classic," says interior designer Grant K. Gibson. "By keeping things neutral, you avoid trends, and then you're able to have fun with other items in the space like bedding, throw pillows, side tables, and lamps."
A pure white can sometimes feel too bright, but that doesn't mean white is off the table. Instead, opt for an off-white with creamy undertones, like this one. This inviting shade envelops your space in warmth and reflects light beautifully, creating the perfect backdrop for a serene bedroom.
Dreamy and whisked to perfection, this warm white creates a soft, delicate feel in any space. It's also the best white for north-facing rooms. “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," says Betsy Burnham of Burnham Design.