Soothing, restful and timeless colors that never go out of style are always pleasing options for bedroom paint colors. For those who prefer something a little more romantic, warmer colors come into play.
Soothing Cool Tones
It’s no surprise that blue ranks highest as one of the most restful colors for bedrooms. Blue appeals to both men and women and a survey conducted by YouGov.com in 10 different countries across four continents indicates blue is the most favored color in the world. Blue has a calming effect and is even thought to lower the heart rate and blood pressure.
According to a U.K. Travelodge survey of the bedroom colors in the homes of 2,000 men and women, people with blue bedrooms had a higher sleep average than any other color.
Light blues, blue-greens and pale greens have a soothing, spa-like effect in the bedroom. House Beautiful magazine designer favorites include soft aqua blue, muted blue-green, light, airy blue and light muted greens. Interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn, suggests a soft blue gray wall color to clients who want a calm, tranquil bedroom. Light lavender also lends a restful feel.
Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, indicates that gray is a favored color with staying power for bedroom walls. Warm grays are easier to work with and don’t appear cold or industrial.
The classic look of neutral walls in bedrooms such as creamy or cottony whites and beige allows for more freedom with colors on accessories such as bedding, throw pillows and lamps. Neutral walls are also a good idea for those who like to redecorate often.
A light cocoa brown makes an intimate, cozy bedroom space. It’s a versatile color that works with any decorating style and pairs beautifully with cream colored accessories.
Warmth and Romance
Warm colors can be used quite effectively in bedrooms, even high energy hues such as red. The trick is to go with a muddied or muted color or a lighter tint. A burnt brick red won’t keep you up at night and flatters your skin tones. Designer Timothy Corrigan also favors a burnt red color for bedroom walls, stating it has a contemporary vibe that’s just right for 21st-century bedrooms.
For a softer, feminine feel, go with pale pink or coral on bedroom walls. A slight hint of pink or orange feels less juvenile than bubblegum pink and less jarring than bright, tangerine orange.
Yellow came in as a surprising second on the bedroom wall color-sleep survey by YouGov. Perhaps the cheerfulness of yellow inspires happy, content dreams. Toned down gold bedroom walls transition from a sunnier shade in daylight to a more subdued look in the evenings.
Warmer Cool Colors
Although most shades of blue are cool, a deeper shade such as navy adds a touch of warmth. For a sexy or romantic bedroom, go with dark colors like navy or deep violet. Indigo or aubergine walls can make the bedroom feel intimate, mysterious and romantic.