How to Choose the Right Paint Colour For Your Bedroom

Julia Millay Walsh

When selecting paint colours for bedrooms, the first thing to consider is temperature. While warm colours advance toward the eye and appear more active, creating a stimulating effect, cool colours -- the hues from blue green through blue violet, most grays included -- tend to recede, producing a more calming and relaxing effect. That said, there's a lot of variation on the cool colour spectrum; a bright green and a pale blue can create spaces with drastically different vibes. If cool colours aren't your cup of tea, warm hues that are light and subtle, such as soft yellows or pinks, can also feel soothing. We turned to a few of our favourite interior designers to hear how they go about selecting paint colours for bedrooms. Read on to get inspired and shop a few chic paint choices.

_1"For a sexy or romantic bedroom, I like to stick with dark colours like olive, deep violet, navy (like Rich Navy from Glidden), or charcoal (like Cyberspace from Sherwin-Williams). For clients interested in calm, tranquil bedrooms, I'm quick to suggest a blue-grey, like Krypton from Sherwin-Williams, celery tones, or a layering of white paint with all white furniture and linens. Overall, since bedrooms are meant for relaxation, I try to stay away from high-energy colours like bright greens, deep reds, or bold, tropical hues.

rich_navy cyberspace krypton
Glidden "Rich Navy" #GLB25 D8, $3, The Home Depot "Cyberspace" #SW 7076, Price Upon Request, Sherwin-Williams "Krypton" #SW 6247, Price Upon Request, Sherwin-Williams
_2 "In the bedroom, I love a room that's both serene and happy. Go for soft colour combinations like duck egg blue and champagne, then add a mix of fresh patterns."
birds_egg champagne simply_white
"Bird's Egg" #2051-60, From $37, Benjamin Moore "Champagne" #SW 6644, Sherwin-Williams "Simply White" #OC-117, From $37, Benjamin Moore
_grant "I love to keep the colour of a bedroom simple, timeless and classic. By keeping things neutral- you avoid trends and then are able to have fun with the other items in the space, like the bedding, throw pillows, side tables and lamps. It's then fun to be able to add in a pop of colour to add interest and layers."
creamy grant_beige cotton
"Creamy" #SW 7012, Price Upon Request, Sherwin-Williams "Grant Beige" #HC-83, From $37, Benjamin Moore "Cotton", $8, Jeff Lewis Colour
What are your favourite colours to use in bedrooms? Share them in the comments below -- paint colour names encouraged! Photographs: Daniel Collopy, Andrew Arthur, Andrew ArthurAnthropologie, Athena Calderone, D. Gilbert Photography, Dimore Studio, Grant K. GibsonGrant K. GibsonJustin CoitJustin CoitKaryn R. Millet  

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