The Dreamiest Bedroom Paint Colors for Creating a Soothing Escape

For many, the bedroom is the very first place you ever got to flex your design muscles. That first time you got to choose your own paint color was an early taste of tweenage freedom. Luckily, it's just as joyful as an adult. (Until you have to choose between 10 seemingly similar shades of white....) Plus, it's still the easiest, quickest, and often, cheapest way to update your space. A quick swipe of color on the wall (or even just the trim!) can transform a whole room. The best bedroom paint colors check multiple boxes. They express your personal style, they set the tone for restful relaxation, and they pull the whole scheme together. Whether you want to go bold with a deep blue or keep it breezy and bright with white, there's a plethora of perfectly good choices. With these shades by your side, sweet dreams are guaranteed.

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Nautical Blues

Andrew Howard Colorful Makeover Blue and White Bedroom
Photo: Max Kim-Bee; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Designer Andrew Howard used Topsail (SW 6217) by Sherwin-Williams for the walls and All White (No. 2005) by Farrow & Ball for the trim and ceiling in this Florida bedroom.

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Perfect Plum

Natasha Lawler Charlottesville Home Master Bedroom
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Natasha Lawler proves bold color belongs in the bedroom with a few coats of Bottle of Bordéaux (1357) by Benjamin Moore dressing the walls. See more of her Charlottesville, Virginia, home here.

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Soothing Hues

2019 Idea House Mother-in-Law Suite Guest Bedroom
Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Liz Strong

For our 2019 Idea House, designer Heather Chadduck Hillegas used Sherwin-Williams (9136) Lullaby on the walls and Sherwin-Williams' (7757) High Reflective White on the trim to create a soothing oasis in the guest bedroom. Find more neutral paint ideas here.

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Luxe Lavender

Benjamin Moore Pebble Creek
Benjamin Moore

If you're looking for a lavender that's just right, designer Margaret Donaldson recommends Pebble Creek (1453) by Benjamin Moore. "This soothing lavender in a satin finish reminds me of Lowcountry sunsets. I complement it with taupe, white, celadon green, and matte brass accents," she says.

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Rust or Bust

2018 Idea House in Austin, Texas Guest Bedroom
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

This spice-colored guest room by designer Meredith Ellis in our 2018 Idea House can thank Sherwin-Williams' Cavern Clay (SW 7701) for its flavor. See the before and after photos here.

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Layer Up

2019 Idea House Queen Guest Bedroom
Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Liz Strong

Details take center stage in this bedroom from our 2019 Idea House, where designer Heather Chadduck Hillegas used Sherwin-Williams' (7008) Alabaster on the walls and crown, Sherwin-Williams' (9133) Jasper Stone on the window trim, and Sherwin-Williams' (6204) Sea Salt on the ceiling. Tour the full home here.

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Nature's Best Blues

Gray-Blue Master Bedroom
Photo: Laurey W.Glenn

Benjamin Moore's Marina Gray (1599) and Pebble Beach (1597) make this room as serene as a misty day on the beach. Check out more blue bedroom inspiration here.

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Stately Green

Ginny Stimpson's Fairhope Bay House Kids Room
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

PPG's Evening Emerald (PPG1144-6) gives this children's bedroom the look of a formal library, perfect for an avid young reader.

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Tried-and-True Neutral

Benjamin Moore Ashwood
Benjamin Moore

For a warm off-white, Georgia designer Anna Booth says to try Ashwood (OC-47) from Benjamin Moore: "This off-white is a perfect neutral. Thanks to gray-green undertones, instead of cool blue ones, there's a warmth to it. I use the color in an eggshell finish on the walls and semigloss on the trim."

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Calm and Collected

Hanna Seabrook Master Bedroom in Louisville, Kentucky
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Elly Poston Cooper

Blue-gray walls painted Benjamin Moore's Mountain Mist (868) create the perfect backdrop for an elegant mix of antiques in this bedroom by Hanna Seabrook. See more of her Louisville, Kentucky, home.

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Make it Moody

Putnam Purple Guest Bedroom
Ngoc Minh Ngo

In Ashley Putman's Texas home, Farrow and Ball's Brinjal (No. 222) puts an equally edgy yet earthy spin on the idea of a purple bedroom. Tour the home here.

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Try Out Teal

Ginny Stimpson's Fairhope Bay House Master Bedroom
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Deep teal, in the form of PPG's Scarborough (PPG1145-5) adds instant coziness to this Alabama bedroom.

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Pretty Purple

Tranquil Pueple Bedroom
David Grail Photography

Take a cue from designer Lindsey Coral Harper, who designed this space using Pale Iris (2073-60) by Benjamin Moore. "Lavender creates calm and tranquil spaces. It's also light and airy, which helps because this room could feel like it doesn't have a ton of ceiling height! Here, I complemented the lavender with pops of green, but gray and aubergine also make great partners," she says. Get even more purple paint color ideas here.

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Going Dark

Dark Night Sherwin Williams

Nashville designer Julie Couch recommends Dark Night (SW 6237) by Sherwin-Williams. "For an enveloping effect, paint walls, ceiling, and trim this deep sapphire. Keep other elements simple: plain white bedding; natural-texture rugs; and luxe cashmere, velvet, or silk fabrics," she says.

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On Island Time

Emily Painter Palm Beach Rental Orange Guest Bedroom
Peter Murdock; Styling: Liz Strong

In her Palm Beach, Florida, home, designer Emily Painter coated the walls of the guest bedroom in her favorite island coral—Salmon Peach (2013-50) by Benjamin Moore—to make the space feel like a true tropical getaway. Tour her colorful 1,300-square-foot rental.

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Just Barely Blue

Light Blue Master Bedroom
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Designer Phoebe Howard used Sherwin-Williams' Olympus White (SW 6253) to create this tranquil retreat.

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Bright Blue

Turquoise Blue Small Bedroom
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Designer Nathan Drewes used Farrow and Ball's Sugar Bag Light (No. 29) to make a big statement in a small space.

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Perfectly Blush

Farrow & Ball Calamine
Farrow & Ball

For a shade that's undeniably pink but not too sugary-sweet, North Carolina designer Christi Barbour suggests Calamine (No. 230) by Farrow and Ball: "We painted the low ceiling of a bedroom a blush tone in a semi gloss finish to lighten it. For a masculine touch, we painted the walls a pale gray, Farrow & Ball's Cornforth White."

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Brightest White

Kay Volmar Master Bedroom
Kay Volmar

Florida homeowner Kay Volmar knows just how to make a room sing with white paint. For her bedroom, she used Ultra Pure White (1850) by Behr. See her whole cottage here.

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Do-It-All Blue

Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue
Benjamin Moore

Charleston, South Carolina, designer Sandra Ericksen turns to Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue (HC-144) for a color that can do no wrong. "I haven't found a color palette that won't work with this peaceful shade. This hue goes just as well with deep reds and greens as it does with grays and peacock blues," she says.

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