Sweet Bedroom Color Schemes For Your Next DIY Project

Bedroom color schemes impact living spaces more than anything else. When applying a neutral color scheme to your bedroom walls or guest bedroom, use the color wheel. You may want to include an accent color to go with your favorite color, which is common.

If you can’t decide what colors to use for your bedroom, we can help. We’ll show you examples of different color schemes that look great in any bedroom. When you’re done, you’ll have plenty of inspiration to begin painting your bedroom.

Bedroom Color Schemes

The bedroom is a wonderful place to introduce a color scheme that fits the mood you want to feel most while you’re there. This is different for everyone, but the concepts behind selecting the bedroom color palette are pretty standard.

How To Pick A Color Scheme For Your Bedroom

With so many different colors in the spectrum to choose from, picking a color scheme is not easy. There are many nuances, so choosing a color is challenging. All you need to know is that it’s a combination of following rules, adapting to a space, and the mood you want to achieve. 

Warm Vs Cool Colors 

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Before we go into all the different rules and details, it’s important to make the distinction between warm and cool colors. This differentiation will directly impact the type of ambiance that the colors will create in the room. The warm colors include shades like red, orange, yellow, brown, beige, and various similar tones.

Complementary Colors

Use the color wheel to determine which colors to use. Two complementary colors are those that sit opposite each other on the color wheel. For example blue and orange, red and green, or yellow and purple. 

Analogous Colors

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Complementary colors come in pairs. Analogous colors come in sets of three. To understand better, choose a color on the color wheel and then pick two colors on either side of it. For example, red, orange, and yellow are analogous and similarly blue, purple, and red make up another trio. When using analogous colors for interior design, pay attention to proportions.

60-30-10 Rule

The 60-30-10 rule will help you keep your design balanced. This is how it works: First, choose the main color for a room, which will cover 60 percent of it. Typically, the color would be a neutral shade. Next, choose a secondary color that will cover 30 percent of the room. This can be bolder than the main color. Finally, use the boldest and most vivid nuanced color to accent the remaining 10 percent.

Connection Between Color And Mood

Colors impact mood. You can manipulate mood and ambiance with colors. Some nuances are known to make spaces feel calming and relaxing while others fill a room with energy.

Here are a few examples to inspire your next paint project.  

Neutral Colors Offer Balance

White, beige, and ivory won’t impact your mood. The colors are used as a balance. Neutral colors are ideal for guest bedrooms if you want versatility and for your guests to feel welcomed.

Soothing Blue 

Blue is a popular bedroom color for its soothing and relaxing qualities. You can rely on pastel blues if you want the space to seem open and bright and you also have plenty of variations to choose from if you want something a bit more powerful. 

Stimulating Red

Red is a powerful color. You wouldn’t want to use it as a bedroom color, but it would well for a living room. 

Cheerful Yellow And Orange

A positive and uplifting color scheme and a fun one to work with as well. It can suit a variety of spaces including bedrooms. If you enjoy waking up energized and optimistic, add yellow or orange to your bedroom’s décor

Fresh Green

Green is associated with nature, freedom, and prosperity and it’s also considered restorative. From that perspective, it’s a wonderful color for a bedroom.

Sophisticated Purple

Light purple shades like lilac or lavender have a soothing and revitalizing effect. They’re popular accent colors for bedrooms and bathrooms. Darker purple shades can make a space look sophisticated and powerful, so use the color sparingly.

Extravagant Black 

This is not a color that comes to mind in interior design, which is too bad because it has plenty of potential. Black and dark grays are powerful and can make a space appear extravagant. 

Inspirational Bedroom Color Schemes 

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If you’re interested in learning more about color schemes for bedrooms, and how to go about creating the space you want, read on. Hopefully, you’ll find inspiration and information to help you select your perfect bedroom color palette.

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Classic Shades of Blue

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There’s nothing more classic than blue and white for a bedroom. The muted blue on the canopy and bolster ties together the deep navy headboard and  wall decor.

Drama Mix

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Bold colors don’t always mean that you’ll have an energetic vibe in the room. This combination certainly includes some bold and bright hues, but the depth of the maroon accent wall is offset by the gentle wallpaper mural pattern on the other wall. 

Navy And Yellow

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When you have a spectacular bed like a Hästens, it’s worth using the navy blue check pattern as an element in your décor. It’s a perfect partner for a creamy yellow hue used as a wall color, but not in an overwhelming quantity. 

Black Walls – White Furniture

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Black and white is a design staple. Here, the standard is reversed. The walls are painted black and the furnishings are white, yet the abstract rug connects them. 

Colors And Mismatched Prints

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Using multiple colors in a bedroom color scheme is possible when working with muted and soft colors, and the prints match. This bedroom scheme features prints that work well due to their soft hues and small-scale designs. 

Gray And Silver Shades

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Gray is a neutral, unobtrusive color for many types of bedroom styles. In this example, gray amps up gray to create a glamorous color scheme. 

Neutrals And Navy

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With navy having emerged as a neutral color for many bedroom color schemes, this space takes advantage of the Hästens checked mattress. 

Green Gingham With Garden Details

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You might not have a green thumb, but that doesn’t mean your bedroom can’t have one. This space features a sage green wallcovering peppered with flora and fauna, accented by a green and white gingham canopy bed frame. 

Crisp Neutrals

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Hotel-style bedding in neutral shades creates a space that’s meant for the business at hand: sleeping. This calming bedroom sticks to the color palette with a soft-looking wall covering that features a natural branching pattern.

To add personality to a completely neutral bedroom color scheme, it features some whimsical bedside lamps that are golden trees topped with a white feather shade.

Surprising Salmon

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The clamor for millennial pink has come and gone but salmon pink will have a place in a bedroom color scheme. Somewhere between pink and reddish-orange, this color is a great choice for a cozy space, especially when used in a monochrome fashion with just the addition of some neutral pieces.

Red, White, And Black Bedroom

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Black and white is a classic interior design color scheme, but when red is added, the colors are taken to a new level. Red is the most energetic color, so it pairs well with solid black and white bedding.

Neutral Gray

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Instead of white walls, try gray walls. You can use various hues for the ceiling if you wanted to try something different. But vibrant red accents breathe life and personality into a neutral space.

Cool Blue And White

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Blue and white as a color combination is an eternally fresh, scrubbed-clean combo. As the color scheme for a bedroom, blue and white has the same effect. The bedroom of these colors looks friendly, “down-home,” and inviting.

Vintage Pink And Gray

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Pink and grey are another classic bedroom color combination. Infant nurseries or chic master bedrooms. It depends on the undertones, sheen, and dosage. For a vintage bedroom feel, try pale pink.

Pink And Orange 

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For a bedroom seeking a cheerfully retro vibe, pink and orange are a great color palette to explore. The colors themselves are bold, but the room itself needn’t be floor-to-ceiling tangerine and Barbie. Incorporate the fresh colors into artwork and pops throughout your otherwise airy, neutral bedroom for a fun and rejuvenating bedroom color scheme.

Green With Pink Accent

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Pink is associated with babies or young girls, it makes a wonderful accent color in a green master bedroom. As a relative of red, pink can play the role of complementary color.

Two-Toned Neutrals

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Grey with taupe, cream with charcoal, or tan with ivory offers a calming bedroom color schemes. Pairing two different neutrals together to create a color scheme provides variety in the coloring without taking away from the soothing neutrality.

Forest Green And Earthy Brown

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A color combination found all over the place in nature is one we can certainly take seriously, and forest green with earthy browns is no exception. Although the depth and darkness of these colors could be overwhelming.

Green And Purple

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It’s easy to get caught up within the confines of a color scheme. Before you know it, the color palette will dictate your decor decisions. A bedroom color scheme can provide the inspiration for the overall vibe of the space – the details and décor needn’t be specifically within that palette to be effective. 

Spring Green And Sky Blue

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These analogous colors have gone together since the dawn of time, and they are a perfect color scheme for bedrooms.

Orange And Blue

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It’s useful to look outside the primary colors when considering color schemes for the bedroom. This soft sky blue, for example, looks marvelous with deep burnt orange. Plenty of patterns and details make the bedroom look and feel homey as well.

Coastal Theme

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Scientifically, blues and greens are soothing. If this is the vibe of your ideal bedroom, we’d recommend getting your inspiration from the seaside. Creamy white colors are reminiscent of clouds or whitecaps.

Blue And Purple

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Feminine lavender takes on a life of its own when it’s paired with un-feminine colors. The reason blue and purple work so well together is because they are located next to each other on the color wheel. They are called analogous colors. Analogous colors tend to make lovely color schemes. {found on joystreetdesign}.

Teal And Cognac

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Cognac is a sophisticated, rich leathery tone that benefits from the presence of another color. But, for best results, the pairing color should have deep, rich tones as well. That is why deep teal and cognac go so well together as a bedroom color scheme. 

Grey And Yellow

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This modern color palette has gained popularity in recent years for a variety of reasons. The “colorlessness” feeling that grey evokes is a perfect background for cheery yellow. 

Brown And Navy

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While greys have become the mainstay for neutrality in contemporary colors, this doesn’t mean that browns are out. Rich, deep browns add presence and maturity to this stately bedroom. Navy is a perfect complementing color – bold enough to be noticed, but in a sophisticated way.

Red And Navy

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It’s easy to take a knee-jerk nautical color scheme like red and navy and turn a space into a nautically themed room. Those without nautical decor can use a classic red and navy color combination. 

White Layers

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Whether you veer toward the cooler grey side of white or the warmer ivories, a bedroom that is founded upon whitishness tends to fall soft, light, and bright. To complete your bedroom color scheme, add a navy throw pillow or antique metallic accent.

Silver And Blue

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There’s something about shimmery silver décor that, in many instances, feels luxurious. Adopting this silvery sheen as a primary part of your color palette for the bedroom is a pathway toward a light, bright, and luxe bedroom without feeling overwhelming. 

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Black And White

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You can hardly ever go wrong with black and white as a color scheme, even in the bedroom. The yin and yang of these polar opposites and the stark contrast they exude, make for an eye-catching and dramatic bedroom space.

Neutral Tan And Dark Accents

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Neutrals such as tan and beige are great as primary colors but to avoid making the bedroom seem too simple and boring you can introduce a powerful accent color.

Dark Orange With Light Brown

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Orange is a bright and cheerful color at the core but there are plenty of variations that can give you a different effect. This dark nuance for instance is pretty close to red which gives this powerful and intense look. 

Gray Shades 

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It’s not always just the colors that matter but also the way in which you use them. For example, in theory, a bedroom decorated only with shades of gray sounds pretty boring but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Neutral Gray 

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Continuing on the same note, here’s another beautiful and stylish gray bedroom that manages to look both soothing and relaxing but also quite dynamic. The warm accent tones and the patterns which they introduce into the decor are combined.

Soft Pink

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One of the reasons why this bedroom design looks so well-balanced is because of the colors involved. On one hand, we have dark grays which give the space a masculine look but on the other hand, we have the light beige.

Dark Backdrop

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Here’s an example of a bedroom design that transitions from very dark to light color tones. The black accent wall is used to give the room a cozy and intimate feel but it also helps highlight the headboard which features warm brown shades.

Sophisticated Purple 

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We mentioned before that purple is a great accent color because it makes spaces look sophisticated and luxurious. Here it is being used in a bedroom in combination with some grays and light wood accents and it looks magnificent.

Cool And Warm

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As you know, on the color wheel we can distinguish between warm and cool colors. Green is an example of a cool nuance and it’s a good color for a bedroom because it’s soothing and relaxing. Warm colors like shades of red, orange, and brown can make spaces feel welcoming and cozy. 

Soothing And Elegant Neutrals

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Neutral-themed bedroom designs are quite popular because they just feel well-balanced. If the prospect of using a bold accent color seems a bit too daring or doesn’t fit your style, consider something like this instead. 

Turquoise, Green, And White 

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Turquoise is a beautiful color. It’s associated with exotic destinations. This example uses dark turquoise for an accent wall.

Mint Green Accent

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Light colors and pastels are soothing and calming but they can also be eye-catching. In this princess bedroom, mint green accents stand out the most. 

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Layers, Patterns, Muted Accents

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You can also make a bedroom look and feel welcoming and cozy by using a selection of similar color tones and creating layers. This example is proof that texture and pattern play an important role in interior design.

Dark Accent Wall

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In case you’re worried that a dark accent wall color would make your bedroom look gloomy, here’s an example that demonstrates the opposite. This interior is from Blue Copper Design.

Soothing Blues

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It’s easy to see how calming and relaxing blue nuances can be when looking at a design like this. This bedroom by Ken Games Interiors is like a blank canvas filled with blue-toned details and it looks like an inviting place.

Classic And Modern

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This is a nice variation of the black and white combo. Instead of black, a dark gray nuance was used which softens the contrast and has a less harsh and intimidating look. Check out Rosewood Custom Builders for more details and ideas.

Nature Color Schemes

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You can find the inspiration you need for a design in nature. When it comes to color schemes for a bedroom, this is an example. Studio LeTricia Wilbanks Design used here a light shade of blue for the accent wall, dark browns for the furniture, and green and blue nuances for the accessories and decorations. 

Muted Blues

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If the idea of trying to use some darker colors in your bedroom’s design sounds interesting and appealing but you’re not a fan of bold and vibrant colors, try something muted. Check out this bedroom by studio Pinemar if you need inspiration. 

Wood And Natural Browns

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Brown is a very versatile color and it looks perfectly at home in a décor that uses natural wood. These two elements put together can give a space a very warm and welcoming aesthetic. Here we have a modern bedroom with subtle rustic hints and the color palette chosen by studio Ezra Lee Design+Build is absolutely perfect for it.

Forest Colors

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It’s Interesting to see how certain themes and elements found in nature can be translated into interior design. Check out Gaetano Hardwood Floors, Inc. for more ideas.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What Is The Best Bedroom Color When You’re Trying To Sell Your Home?

Real estate agents are in agreement that homes with white bedrooms are more appealing to homebuyers. A white wall is a blank canvas, and therefore more inviting to those who want to buy a home. 

Which Bedroom Color Is Good For Young Students?

University of British Columbia researchers discovered that red improves accuracy among younger students. Red is a danger signal, which inspires youngsters to focus on details.  

Which Bedroom Color Inspires Creativity?

A recent university study discovered that blue fosters creativity among teenagers. The study found that a blue bedroom was also conducive to creative brainstorming sessions.

Which Master Bedroom Color Is Good For A Healthy Marriage?

Light red or pink are considered positive colors for married couples. Either shade represents love and compassion. Supposedly, the colors deepen bonds and quell marital conflicts.

What Color Is Best For Reading Room?

If you enjoy reading, paint your bedroom walls green. The color offers a calming effect and helps your mind relax so you can absorb information while you read.

Bedroom Color Schemes Conclusion

Before you start painting a bedroom, decide on a color scheme. Take into consideration natural light sources, which will help you determine which muted shades to use. 

You should do some research on the psychology of colors. Bright colors will affect your mood more than dark colors. If you want to make a bold statement or designate a wall to serve as a focal point, then figure out what each color means. 

A sophisticated bedroom isn’t hard to create, but it will require effort on your part. You don’t need experience in interior design to make a decision on which color to use for your bedroom. After all, painting a bedroom isn’t rocket science.