Transform your bedroom with brilliant bedroom paint ideas. Choosing colour is the fun part of decorating, but it can also be the trickiest. We’ve taken the guesswork out of the process with our selection of the best bedroom paint ideas to guide and inspire you.
Probably the easiest and most cost-effective way to make a big impact in a room. Paint offers you almost endless options when it comes to giving your space a brand new look. From bold brights to barely there neutrals, accent walls to stripes, do some planning and seek out inspiration before you wield your brush.
Perplexed about which colour to paint your bedroom? When choosing a colour look to the colour wheel for inspiration. The colour wheel explains how colours relate to each other, whether they are side by side or diametrically opposite. Each of the twelve segments represents a colour. Those on the left are warm, those on the right are cool.
Be mindful about the mood that you wish to create and how much natural light there is. Is the room north- or south-facing, and do you want it to feel cosy or soothing? Flat paint finishes such a matt emulsion are less reflective than those with a sheen, such as silk or eggshell, and so the colour will look stronger and truer.
Don’t stop at walls when thinking about adding colour with paint. Woodwork, bed frames, skirting boards, architraves and door frames can look extremely effective when painted in a contrasting shade to the walls.
Look to the colour wheel to fashion a vibrant bedroom that is bursting with bold colour, flamboyance and frivolity. Choose a palette of primary and secondary colours to create the ultimate contrast. Look for uplifting shades that make you feel good. Experiment with strong, fun hues that make you smile every time you walk into the room.
Create a sophisticated boudoir with this grown-up shade of pink. Paint rooms in considered combinations of gentle colours for a calm, soothing mood. Clever use of paint is a very effective way to maximise the feeling of space in a small room. Use lighter colours because they’re more reflective and will make the most of the natural light available. Here delicate nude pink is an elegant hue that’s perfect for a romantic feel. Its underlying beige tone prevents it being overly girly and you can make it modern by teaming it with fresh white and natural wood on the furniture.
For a dramatic and fun look, paint a room a dark shade of grey and introduce pops of neon colour into your scheme. With a wide choice of tones in light and dark shades, grey can complement most room schemes, whether traditional or contemporary. This soft-mid tone grey makes a great neutral base. Use dove grey as the main colour, then lift the look with metal and glass, different textures and splashes of fluorescent colour and luxurious fabrics.
Use colour and pattern to add layers of interest and texture. Identify a focal point and use paint to draw the eye and give the room a visual centrepiece. The striking graffiti wall makes a real streetwise statement in this bedroom. Go for impact and choose a contrasting colour that commands attention. Reinforce the focal point by adding splashes of the same colour around the room as an accent shade. This will help to tie the whole scheme together.
Dare to use dark blue on all four walls. Schemes with intense, solid colour demand texture, like raw wood and slubby linens to introduce a laid-back element. Stick to just one shade and paint all surfaces and accessorise in the same colour to create a streamlined, uncluttered feel, and expand the feeling of space in the room. However, dark blues can be heavy, so this room has been lightened up with touches of bright yellow.
You don’t have to spend a fortune on furniture. Look for second-hand pieces that just need a bit of care and attention and treat them to a rub down and fresh coat of paint. It’s also a handy device if you need to create a focal point in your room. Try your hand at painting a favourite motif or design on to your drawers or use a stencil if you don’t have a steady hand.
Add interest to walls by painting the lower half (under where there would be a traditional dado rail) in one shade, and the other half in a contrasting shade. Continue to the doorways for a dynamic and cohesive look.
Turn storage into a feature. Built-in cupboards or wardrobes don’t have to blend into the background. Painted in a soothing mint-green, this wall of handleless cupboards gives the room an uplifting feel. Experiment with strong, fun hues that make you smile every time you walk into the room.
Change the mood of a room by painting just one wall a bold colour. Choose your wall well, and make sure the surface of the wall you opt for is in a good enough condition to have attention drawn to it. Go bold with a high-impact colour. Paint is also a great way to create zones or section off an area of a room, as shown here. A feature wall is easy to repaint when you fancy a change, so you can be more experimental with your colour choice.
Channel positivity with this dynamic colour combination. Work a modern country look and opt low-key shades that are soothing, not stark, then layer the look with coloured accents. Teal is a great colour for when you want to unwind, so using it in the bedroom will create a soothing vibe. The coolness of the shade on the bedstead offsets the warmth of the mellow, yellow walls. Together, they’ll bring life to a neutral base and brighten a light-starved space.