Your bedroom walls don’t have to be white. This may seem like an obvious statement, but so many of us gravitate toward classic white bedrooms that it bears repeating. There is, in fact, a vast collection of colors that would look great adorning your bedroom walls. And while some of them are incredibly vibrant, most of them are exactly as subtle as your go-to whites.
So whether you’re looking to spruce up your space with a bold color or mellow out your walls with a gentler shade, rest assured knowing there are tons of great options on offer. There are tons of pretty paint colors that would look great in your bedroom. And if you’re not sure where to begin, we’ve rounded up some striking bedroom paint colors to get you started.
Behr Marquee Cottage Hill
Sage has quickly become a favorite in the interior design space, and it’s not hard to see why. The warm light green is bold enough to make a statement, but subtle enough to fit right into your space. When paired with crisp white linens and warm wood accents, it looks absolutely lovely. Opt for a lighter shade to use the color like a neutral, or choose a more saturated shade and let the color make a statement in your space.
Benjamin Moore Gray Cloud
Light gray is an excellent option for any space, but it looks particularly great in bedrooms. Since the color is a neutral, you won’t have to worry about it overwhelming your space. And since it’s a touch darker than white, it will leave your room feeling cozy—not to mention, totally nap-worthy. In other words, light gray offers many of the same benefits as white—plus a few perks of its own.
Farrow & Ball Potted Shrimp
Hoping to make your bedroom feel warm without disrupting its inherent coziness? Blush is sure to get the job done. The subtle pink will warm up any space it’s put in. And since you can choose exactly which shade you want to use, you can control how vibrant or gentle your final product feels. Consider pairing the color with cooler shades—like lavender, sky blue, navy, and violet. These will complement your blush walls perfectly, keeping your space feeling both dynamic and balanced.
Benjamin Moore Black
Most of us shy away from painting our walls black. But in a bedroom, the color can look absolutely lovely. For one thing, it’s not a problem for a bedroom to look or feel dark. Plus, bedrooms tend to be loaded with neutral linens—and free of the colorful decor that might look overwhelming when paired with black. Thanks to these coupled factors, black bedroom walls tend to feel cozy, sleek, and romantic—rather than overly bold.
Glidden Blue Light
Sky blue makes a statement without feeling brash or distracting—and that’s exactly why the color looks so great in bedrooms. The unexpected shade will add a touch of refreshing coziness to any space. And since it falls on the cooler side of the spectrum, it’s sure to complement all of your bedroom’s warmest accents. Opt for a shade that feels light, but still present. Even bolder takes on sky blue can make a seamless addition to your space.
Behr Russian Olive
Olive green is a surprisingly easy color to decorate with—and that statement holds true, even when we’re talking about covering your walls in the color. Since olive green has so much brown in it, it often acts more like a neutral than like a pop of color. This means you can get away with using the shade in large doses without leaving your space feeling overwhelming or out of balance. Plus, since the color is dark but not too dark, it will leave your space feeling cozy in a warmer way than black will.
Farrow & Ball School House White
Off-white may feel like a copout. But when used thoughtfully, it can make a surprisingly bold addition to your space. If your bed is lined with crisp white linens and your walls are adorned with crisp white frames, painting your walls a warm off-white can actually add contrast to your bedroom. This warmer shade will complement your crisp white pieces, making them feel even brighter. And if you paint your ceiling to match these pieces, you can make your space feel even more dynamic.
Benjamin Moore York Harbor Yellow
No one said your bedroom walls had to be subtle. While softer bedroom palettes are a popular choice, they’re not the only options on offer. Yellow walls can look just as warm, cozy, and inviting—especially if you choose a slightly desaturated version of the color. Look for a yellow that skews more orange than green, as this is more likely to warm up your space. And remember, you can always temper the color by using it in smaller doses—like on an accent wall, or in a circle behind your headboard.
Farrow & Ball Scotch Blue
If you want a cozy space that feels entirely unexpected, choose a navy so dark it’s almost black. By covering your walls and ceiling in the color, you’ll immediately set the tone in your bedroom. (Seriously, just looking at the space will make you want to snuggle up and sleep.) Plus, since the color has a hint of blue in it, it’s a great alternative for those who find black a little too sleek or harsh.
Behr Comfy Beige
Off-white is a popular choice in bedrooms. But if you warm that color up a little more, you’ll get beige—an unexpected neutral sure to cozy up your bedroom. Since the color is darker than white, it will make your space feel snug and welcoming. But since it’s much lighter than black, it will help you maintain the natural light that flows into your bedroom each day.
Because beige is a neutral, it should be versatile enough to pair with just about any color scheme, but it looks particularly great alongside other neutrals in monochromatic spaces.
Farrow & Ball Borrowed Light
If your pillows and blankets are colorful, you might feel the need to keep your walls crisp and neutral. But a very light shade of blue could look even better. The subtle color will hold its own against your most vibrant pieces, keeping your space feeling balanced and harmonious. Of course, your light blue can get as light or as blue as you want it to. But search for a shade that looks noticeably darker than the whitest pieces in your room.
Benjamin Moore Balsam
Green is a bold color to use in any room. But in textured, tropical bedrooms, it can look surprisingly great. Opt for a shade that’s at least a little bit dark. (A light lime green or a vibrant kelly green would almost certainly look overwhelming.) Use the other pieces in your space to ground the color. Wood-paneled pieces will warm it up, while black accents will make it feel cozier while the occasional pop of color will go a long way in balancing it out.
Farrow & Ball All White
We know we started this article talking about how white isn’t your only option. But it’s still a pretty great one. And despite its tried-and-true appeal, it can still make a statement when used in the right contexts.
If you want your white walls to feel new and exciting, consider layering the color over some kind of texture. Not all of us are blessed with exposed brick walls, but anyone can bring a few wood panels into their space. (Once you do, you might be surprised by how intricate and unexpected your classic white walls feel.)
Benjamin Moore Cranberry Ice
Pink walls aren’t just for children’s bedrooms and nurseries. The bold color can look just as great in a master or guest bedroom—especially when paired with the right furniture. Use a rattan bed frame and a few lush plants to make your pink walls feel bohemian or pair the color with a sleek black lighting fixture to make it feel a little more modern. Yes, pink bedroom walls are sure to make a statement, no matter what decor you’ve paired them with. But the right decor can make sure your statement feels as delightful as you want it to.
Farrow & Ball Skylight
There are many shades of gray out there, but some of the prettiest ones have blue in them. These versatile colors feel cool and cozy—making them a great pick for the bedroom. And since they feel a little more vibrant than more colorless grays, they can add welcome contrast to a space—without distracting from what’s already there.
PPG Timeless Deep Forest Pine
You can paint your bedroom without painting your walls. And this may be particularly useful to remember if you’ve chosen a bold color, like a rich forest green. Though most people vouch for accent walls, an accent ceiling may be a better pick for your bedroom. Painting your ceiling a dark forest green will make your room feel cozier and more snug. Plus, the color will hold its own against your darkest linens, allowing you to balance out your space.
Farrow & Ball Stony Ground
If your bedroom is minimalist and monochromatic, it may feel tough to add contrast. But a darker neutral—like taupe—can help you make your space feel harmonious. Taupe will juxtapose nicely with your crispest white accents, and it will bring out the warmth of any wooden pieces in your space.
To keep things feeling consistent, you can opt for linens that echo this combination of taupe and white. But rest assured knowing that even if you only put taupe on your walls, the color is bound to make a seamless addition to your space.