We’ve sifted through our Livingetc archives and pulled out some of our favourite bedroom colour ideas. These 25 painted bedrooms range from subtle blush tones, soft pistachio and icy blues to zesty yellow, warm peaches and coral, and more dramatic hues like teal, charcoal and inky navy blues. Mid blues and greens – like sage – are a good in-between, for a bedroom that features both bold colour and a restful atmosphere.
Ultimately, the great thing about paint is that a lick of paint can completely transform the look and feel of a room. It’s the quickest and easiest way to give a bedroom a completely fresh look. And if you’re not sure about the end result, you can just paint over it! So although a bedroom paint colour can feel like a big commitment, it’s actually less of a commitment than expensive bedroom furniture, window treatments or bedroom flooring.
When it comes to choosing the right colour, it’s important to think about the room’s orientation; is it north facing or south facing? How much sunlight does it get? How will the bedroom paint colour look under both natural daylight and lamplight? Some lamps emit quite a yellow glow, which can affect the look of a colour – particularly cooler colour and stone shades. Think about the room’s size too; do you want your bedroom to cosy or grand? Do you want to draw the eyes up to accentuate height, or create a more cocooning effect?
Create a sunny and uplifting scheme with a bright yellow, ideal for it’s mood-boosting qualities. Creating a bedroom that’s energising and mood-boosting can make it easier to get out of bed – particularly in cold, grey months. A soothing soft blue can feels like fresh air when you walk into the room. Soft blue hues are also very versatile, as the below schemes will show you. And while we often think of bright, light hues when trying to open up a smaller space, inkier tones are known to amplify smaller spaces and inject both cosiness and glamour.
Love a neutral? Neutral colours like creams or stoney greys and greige don’t date, and can easily be accessorised with bold bedding and accent cushions, as well as funky artworks. Earthy tones are both neutral and warm, while pale greens like sage soften the mood and melt the walls away, reconnecting us with nature.
With so many bedroom paint colour ideas out there, it can be hard to decide on just one colour. Some homeowners are getting creative, using masking tape to incorporate more than one colour in their bedroom, and some are even taking to the ceiling to add a bold hue to draw the eyes up.
From warm neutrals and serene shades to vibrant hues and bright bursts of block colour, here are 25 bedroom colour ideas with impact…
A combination of pink and grey with a shot of deep rouge in this master bedroom creates a fabulous scheme.
Walls painted in Temple, Paint & Paper Library.
A zingy yellow wall fills this playful children's room with energy, while vintage pieces tone it down. The yellow colour has green undertones, giving a very fresh and zesty energy.
Get the look: The grafitti painting is by Jon One.
We love this rich blue in a bedroom.
Get the look: This is the Dance Hall colour from Crown paint's Period collection in matt, from £21.50 for 2.5 litres.
Blush tones and grey pair perfectly. This master bedroom was given pink curtains and a pink silk lampshade to bring out the pink in the walls. Darker colours in the headboard and soft furnishings stop it feeling overly feminine.
Get the look: Lamp, Porta Romana. Drum shade made to order in Emotion Poudre cotton silk, Lelièvre. Edel bed, Lema at Forza.
The intimacy of this space was embraced by using delicate Setting Plaster on walls and woodwork to treat guests to a room that feels tender and soothing. The dramatic red curtains punch things up.
Get the look: The bedlinen is from Cox & Cox. The vase is by Astier de Villatte.
Peach painted walls create a feminine, happy space in designer Alice Temperley's bedroom.
Get the look: Furniture and textiles came from markets in London and Paris. The quilt is hand-stitched. Find a similar quilt at John Lewis.
This green hued paint shade was chosen for the relaxed feel it gives as you walk in. Darker walls can have a calming and cocooning effect in a bedroom.
Get the look: Find the Small Ghost Buster bedside table by Kartell at John Lewis. Try Lombok for a similar bed. The walls are painted in Steel V by Paint & Paper Library. The cushions and throw are from Liberty.
A dusty blue wall sets a calm, fresh backdrop for this bedroom. A custom-made headboard gives it an English country vibe.
Get the look: Headboard is made bespoke by Studio Peake in Penny Morrison fabric. Cushions are Susan Deliss. Bedside Lamp is made from an old stair spindle. Bedside table is Kalinko.
This bedroom features the same dusty blue on the walls, but it's given a more contemporary look due to the tall canopy bed and more masculine furnishings. We love the painted panelling. The canopy bed anchors this room and adds a sense of grandeur. The headboard within the four poster helps soften the look of the bed frame.
The rich yellow walls and gallery of framed artwork dominate this room. The yellow walls make this room cheerful, bold and energetic.
Get the look: The wall paint is Farrow & Ball’s Babouche estate emulsion. This is Susi Bellamy’s Grey Stucco Pebbles lampshade.
This vibrant blue guest room design by Beata Heuman is a colourful feast, with different shades of blue and a mustard throw.
This light, bright colour is actually more energetic than it is calming, as it pops against the rustic floor boards and grey skirting. It creates a dramatic contrast, without being too dramatic in colour.
Get the look: Paint is 'Botanical Extract' from Crown Paints, Matt Emulsion, from £14 for 2.5L.
This green-grey sage colour creates a calm and earthy space.
Get the look: This is 'Promenade' from Crown paint's period collection, from £23 for 2.5l
Bubblegum walls are given more depth and warmth with a terracotta shade on the ceiling, bouncing back a warm light.
Get the look: Walls painted in Crown paint's Cushion Craze, Flat Matt Emulsion, from £35 for 2.5L and ceiling painted in Powdered Clay, from £14 for 2.5L.
Not sure about enveloping an entire room in one colour? We love this paint effect of wrapping a strip of colour around a room.
Get the look: Top of walls painted in Farrow & Ball's Ammonite No.274. Bottom of walls are painted in Farrow & Ball's Oval Room Blue No.85.
Blush was the starting point for the geometric colour-blocking in this bedroom. It shows an innovative way to introduce a colour scheme, and can be a rather fun solution if you're struggling to decide on just one colour.
Get the look: Wall in Blush, Córdoba and Tuscan Red, all Little Greene. Throw and cushions, all HK Living
This room takes things up a notch, using both the walls and headboard as a canvas.
Get the look: Wall Paint in Annie Sloan's Old Ochre, Chalk Paint in Honfleur and Scandinavian Pink.
We love a deep, dark blue in a bedroom – it creates both a dramatic and cocooning effect. This particular shade is layered and elegant, and works well with the warm wood tones of antique furniture.
Get the look: Wall painted in 'Velvet Evening' from Crown paint's Period Collection, Flat Matt Emulsion, from £21.50 for 2.5L
Dive into the deep with an inky hue.
Get the look: This is Crown's Antidote Cameo, Aftershow in Matt Emulsion, from £14 for 2.5L
This charcoal shade is a satisfyingly saturated hue. Adding wall panelling before painting adds interest and texture, and just jazzes the whole space up.
Get the look: This is Farrow & Ball's Railings No.31, Estate Eggshell is £27 for 750ml.
This swampy green is what we imagine you'd get from mixing in a brown or orange pigment with a mossy green – it's very deep, grounded and earthy. The paint has been taken across the headboard too, to striking effect, but we like that it hasn't been taken all the way up to the ceiling. Pink pairs well with it, and pink bedding ties in with the blush hue on the wall.
Get the look: Paints from Dulux.
This master bedroom is drenched in swathes of blue, with a teal wall and headboard, and a bespoke screen which was hand painted by Francois Mascarello. The effect is modern, especially when paired with greys and mustard.
Get the look: The portrait is by Giulia Andreani.
Pastel pink gives this bedroom a girly-girl feel.
Get the look: For a matching wall colour, check out Fired Earth’s Manna Ash matt emulsion. The desk is by Ofist. Try The Conran Shop for similar. This is the Nerd chair by David Geckeler for Muuto. The Alcova ’09 four-poster bed is by Antonio Citterio for Maxalto at B&B Italia.
With so much natural light flooding this fresh, sky-blue bedroom, it’s the perfect spot to while away a Sunday morning.
Get the look: This is a Ligne Roset bed, dressed with cushions by Hay and the Field Day throw by Donna Wilson for SCP. The LVSL silkscreen print is by Tanya Ling.
This darker blue has a heavier, calming and cocooning effect, and makes this room more den-like without being too dark.
Get the look: This is Blue Gravel paint from Crown, Matt Emulsion, from £14 for 2.5L.