Choosing paint 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.
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.
Bedroom Paint Ideas
Be mindful about the mood that you wish to create and how much natural light enters the space. 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. Get your space just right with more of our bedroom ideas.
1. Fake a headboard with paint
A great way to get the look on a budget is by using paint in place of buying a colourful headboard. This fine example by the team at Crown shows how a little imagination can transform your bedroom scheme. Carefully pencil out your chosen shape onto the wall ready to create a defining line using masking tape.
2. Be bold with block colour
Using a statement accent shade to create blocks of colour has become a popular way to inject a touch of vibrancy to a bedroom colour scheme. Using a thick masking tape section off a block shape you wish to paint in your chosen colour. Allow it to dry throughly before very carefully peeling the tape off to reveal an impactful injection of colour to your bedroom paint scheme. A bust of sunshine yellow is ideal to awake the senses and create a happy vibe.
3. Add accent colour as a border
‘Use natural breaks such as corners, alcoves, shelving, dado or picture rails to start and stop the different colour choices’ advises Judy. Using a deep dusky pinkn in the middle scetion alone allows this bedroom to feature a dominate colour, without it feeling overwhelming. The contrast is balanced with the help of crisp white bedding to echo the white ceiling and wood panelling featured on the lower half of the wall.
4. Create interest using a variety of coordinating colours
Why go for one bedroom paint colour when you can create a canopy of colours, that all serve a different purpose with the scheme. Use your first choice of colour to paint the majority of the walls. Using a darker gradient of the shade block out a painted section in place of a headboard. Work with a lighter variation of the wall colour to pick out the wood work, such as window surrounds and shutters. Then to add further interest use a completely different colour, but one with the same warmth, to paint a picture rail-like panel at the top of the wall to frame the space.
5. Use different tones to divide the room
Create elements of architectural interest such as a dado rail by combining two different colour choices, to form a clearly defined line. Paint up to a half way level in the more dominate of the two colours, mask with tape and then paint above in the alternative shade. This paint idea helps to create the illusion of the walls being more generous in height, which can prove masterful when decorating smaller rooms.
6. Add texture with thoughtful paint effects
If you’re looking to really make an impact with your paint choice try using bold paint effects, which can add depth to any colour scheme. By carefully mixing two colours, in this case neutrals, from the same colour strip you can create a textured effect for your walls. This skilful painting method is a great way to make a statement without having to use pattern or shouty saturated colours.
This textured paint effect on the walls is painted in Stone III and Stone V pure flat emulsion, both by Paint & Paper Library. The muted tones are offset against the strong contrast of the black wall lights and side table, while hints of orange and blue-grey on soft furnishings inject a warming, softer quality.
7. Make a feature of a picture rail
Create the illusion of ceiling height by painting above a picture rail. This simple, yet clever splash of colour helps to draw the eye up, stretching the walls up. It works best with bare walls, rather than decorated with wallpapers and pictures. Choose a bright colour to make even more of a statement.
8. Go deep blue for a cosy, moody look
Struggling to sleep? Get yourself a couple of pots of deep blue paint pronto. Dark inky shades like this will help you switch off after a long day in front of a computer screen – just make sure you banish your devices, too.
When using such a deep blue it’s important to break it up with pale wooden furniture and lighter linens so that the room appears cosy and cocooning – rather than bleak and oppressive.
9. Try balancing a look with on-trend pink and grey
Children’s bedrooms are the ideal canvas on which to experiment with paint effects. All you need is a decent masking tape to help you achieve those crisp lines – we rate Frog Tape every time. You could create ‘mountain peaks’ across the wall, or something simpler. If the room is being shared like this one, you could even use paint to demarcate whose bit of the room is whose. Keep the kids happy with our children’s room ideas
10. Add just a dash of yellow for a sunny bedroom
Channel positivity with this dynamic colour accent. Yellow isn’t always the best colour in a bedroom as we associate it with danger – especially in conjunction with black – which is hardly a good ingredient for a proper night’s sleep. But used sparingly against a calming neutral, it’s a veritable dose of sunshine. Together, the two tones bring life to a neutral base and brighten a light-starved space.
11. Paint the coving to match the walls
Carrying a colour up the wall and onto the architrave makes the ceiling feel higher and a room feel grander. It’s a clever trick, particularly if you live in a house built in the 1980s or 1990s, where ceilings could be particularly low.
If you’re looking for a colour that will work with dark wooden bedroom furniture, a deep blue or green is ideal. It has the effect of making the wood seem less ‘heavy’ and old-fashioned, which it might against a lighter grey or white, but still allows the furniture to pop.
12. Match curtains and walls in refreshing green
According to research, green is the best colour to paint a bedroom – especially a shade along the lines of this soothing mint. Enhance the impact as a backdrop by choosing curtains in exactly the same colour. That way, you’ll have less of a headache when picking bedlinen as you’ll only have one colour that blankets and cushions will need to coordinate with, and a freedom to experiment with pattern. Green bedroom ideas are sure to make for a serene sleep space.
13. Apply a geometric wall mural
Work out the highest point of the mural, aiming for it to be off-centre from the headboard. Using a long, straight edge, draw the first mountain shape in pencil, adding more either side. Use Frog Tape to cover your pencil outlines and to criss cross random shapes within the mountain peak.
Next, pick three tonal colours of matt emulsion, starting with the darkest at the bottom and working up to the lightest. When the paint is dry (apply two coats if needs be) peel the tape away to reveal your mural.
14. Create a pink plaster effect
Back in the 1990s, paint effects were the height of sophistication. They featured in pretty much every episode of Changing Rooms, with plenty of us attempting to recreate the looks (not always so successfully) at home.
Then the Noughties arrived and our sponges and Fleur de Lis stencils were relegated to the loft. but could they be making a comeback? Maybe not the stencilling just yet, but a sponge is just what you need to create on-trend plaster effect or Ombre. Start with a base of pinkish white, then slowly build patches of blush pink and coral, going dark to light across the wall. Or you could cheat and use a wallpaper mural!
15. Paint a mellow feature wall
Change the mood of a room by painting just one wall in an accent 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. Sage green is a great colour for when you want to unwind, so using it in the bedroom will create a soothing vibe.
A feature wall is easy to repaint when you fancy a change, so you can be as experimental as you like with your colour choice. Just be aware, on-trend darker shades like navy or charcoal grey might require an extra coat to cover – worth considering when perusing the paint chart.
16. Save on wallpaper by painting the bottom of the wall
We love a feature wallpaper here at Ideal Home. But we appreciate that they can be expensive. If you’re looking to cut the cost but don’t want to be restricted to a single feature wall, try this neat trick instead. Choose your print, then find a paint that either matches the backdrop or coordinates with the pattern – the teal used here falls into the latter category. Then paint the bottom third of the wall in that colour and paper the top two thirds. You should save one or two rolls’ worth!
17. Use paint to zone your bedroom
Paint is also a great way to create zones or section off an area of a room. Here, olive green demarcates a dressing and study area, whereas the area behind the bed has been decorated with a paler wallpaper. This attic room is flooded with light from floor-to-celiling windows, so it can take such a dark colour.
Which of these paint ideas would look best in your bedroom?