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These are some of the best color choices to paint your primary bedroom to create a relaxing, calm space that you’ll love retiring to at the end of the day.

Master Bedroom Paint Colors
Similar paint color: SW Dutch Tile Blue

Personally, I want my bedroom to be a serene space free from the distractions of the outside world. And I’m guessing you do, too.

If this is in fact your goal, you need to have the right paint color on your bedroom wall!

What is the best paint color for a bedroom?

The best bedroom paint colors are those that have a calming effect, make you feel relaxed, and help promote sleep.

How do I pick a paint color for my bedroom?

Determine the overall feeling you want in your bedroom. Most people want their bedroom to be a retreat from the world; somewhere to relax and of course, somewhere to get a good night’s sleep.

Bedroom paint color idea benjamin moore nantucket fog
Benjamin Moore Nantucket Fog

Picking the perfect color for your bedroom is no different than picking the right paint color for the rest of your home. You don’t have to be an interior designer to figure it out! While it would be easier if there were one overall best wall color I could point you to, it really depends on many factors.

However, once you consider a few things you’ll be on the right track to picking out the perfect shade for your own space.

Take cues from the rest of the color scheme in your home, as well as the fixtures and furnishing you already have.

If you have dark furniture, you may want to use lighter and bright colors to brighten the space up. If you already have light-colored furniture, you can choose to keep things bright or add a more saturated color to your walls.

The light that comes into your room also plays an important role in which paint color you ultimately decide on. The perfect gray in your friend’s bedroom may look baby blue in your room, because of the cold northern light it receives.

Conversely, the “perfect white” for your kitchen might suddenly appear too creamy in your south-facing bedroom.

What are good wall colors for a bedroom?

Softer shades of blue, blue-gray, blue-green, and soft gray are perfect colors for a bedroom. Blue is associated with a sense of calm and relaxation, so it makes sense that these colors would work well. I especially love doing blue in a guest room because of this! Talk about a relaxing visit.

soft green-gray paint color for a bedroom
Benjamin Moore Silver Marlin

My favorite blue or blue-toned paint colors for bedrooms are:

  • Benjamin Moore Healing Aloe
  • Benjamin Moore Quiet Moments
  • Sherwin Williams Sea Salt
  • Behr Light French Gray
  • Behr Reflecting Pool
  • Benjamin Moore Silver Marlin
  • Benjamin Moore Nantucket Fog
  • Benjamin Moore Silver Half Dollar
  • Benjamin Moore Winter Lake
  • Benjamin Moore Seattle Gray
  • Sherwin Williams Misty
  • Sherwin Williams Upward

Any of the other blue-gray paint colors I’ve mentioned in previous posts would be a good choice, too, unless you’re dealing with a dark room where you may need something with warm undertones or a warm white.

Gray and Greige Bedroom Paint Color Ideas

If blue walls are not your thing, then maybe a gray or greige paint color with neutral tones would be perfect for your bedroom.

light bright colors are relaxing in a bedroom
Benjamin Moore Paper White

If this case, keep it on the lighter side to still maintain that relaxing vibe, without making it feel like a dark cave. If your room is north facing or on the darker side, stick to a warmer gray that won’t feel cold and blue.

Here are a few popular colors:

White and Off-White Bedroom Paint Colors

add warmth to a dark bedroom with a warm white
Benjamin Moore Simply White

Picking the right shade of white for your bedroom walls is not as simple as asking for the most popular shade of white at the paint store. Unfortunately, white paint colors have all sorts of undertones so it’s important to understand what you’re getting yourself into so your walls don’t look stark and cold, or on the opposite spectrum – you end up with a yellow bedroom.

With that being said, some of the most popular whites are:

The Best Colors For Sleep

The paint colors you choose can have an effect on the quality of sleep you get as well as how quickly you actually fall asleep.

I’m all for color and personality throughout your home, and heck, if your personal preference is to use accent colors and you want bright red walls, then by all means go for it. But, did you know that there’s actually some real color psychology behind why certain colors are better for your bedroom?

Color psychology teaches us that the colors which surround us have differing impacts on our behavior and mood. We already have an innate sense of this.

Think about the color red. What mood or feeling does it evoke? Anger, war, danger, strength, passion, desire, and love.

It attracts attention more than any other on the color wheel. But did you know that the color red also is known to raise blood pressure and increase your heart rate?

Not exactly ideal when you’re trying to get your 8 hours! Therefore, it’s best to stay clear of bold colors, especially when painting the entire room.

Red is a color you should not paint your bedroom!

On the other hand, blue is seen as a calm, serene color. It’ll be no surprise then, that blue is considered to be the best paint color for your bedroom in order to maximize your sleep potential.

What other colors are considered good for sleep?

  • Soft yellow
  • green
  • silver
  • and surprisingly, orange!

On the flip side, colors to avoid are:

  • Any bright primary colors
  • Purple
  • Brown
  • Black
  • Red
  • Dark Gray

The Best Paint Colors For a Master Bedroom 2024

Personally, if I’m picking master bedroom paint colors and I want to make my room as relaxing as possible, I would steer clear of warm colors like yellow and orange and instead focus more on the different shades of blue.

One of my all-time favorite paint colors for both bedrooms and bathrooms to achieve that relaxing feeling is Reflecting Pool by Behr.

It’s a very pale blue-gray and it looks amazing in every room I’ve ever seen it in, especially when paired with lots of white.

If I had to pick the best paint color for bedrooms, I would choose this color every single time.

Behr reflecting pool is one of the best blue gray paint colors for your bedroom
Behr Reflecting Pool

The next color on the same color card as Reflecting Pool is Behr Light French Gray. This is also a really nice color but the blue is a lot more evident. If you have a room with a lot of cool light (like my bedroom) just keep that in mind, as it can feel a little cold.

Blue bedroom paint color: Behr Light French Gray
Behr Light French Gray

Of course, just because blue may be the perfect bedroom paint color for sleep doesn’t mean there aren’t a myriad of other paint colors that will work just as well for you. Here are some more of my favorite colors:

My Other Favorite Master Bedroom Paint Colors

Sherwin Williams Sea Salt is one of the best master bedroom paint colors
Sherwin Williams Sea Salt 
via Southern Hospitality
The best master bedroom paint colors
Quiet Moment Benjamin Moore
via Aquidneck Properties
Healing Aloe is a paint color that helps promote sleep
Benjamin Moore Healing Aloe via Life on Virginia Street

Small Bedroom Paint Ideas

So we know you want to get a good night’s sleep but maybe you also need to make your master bedroom look larger and brighter than it is. Small spaces can be tricky but there are definitely some tips to follow to make it easier!

In this case, you want to avoid any dark color such as moss greens and oranges, which will only draw the walls towards you, making the room appear smaller.

By keeping the walls a lighter tone of blue, gray, or even white, you’ll make the bedroom appear bigger and brighter. 

If you have low ceilings, a great trick for making the ceilings appear taller is to paint the ceiling and wall the same shade of white.

This has the effect of continuing the color up, thus not creating a harsh line where one color ends and the other starts.

Benjamin Moore Paper White bedroom walls

Remember the earlier photo of my master bedroom painted Behr Light French Gray?

Well, that paint color was far too blue for the cold light my bedroom receives. So the space was repainted with Benjamin Moore Paper White, which is a very pale gray with just a touch of warmth.

It made the space feel much bigger and brighter and far less cold.

Make a bedroom look bigger and brighter with light paint colors
Master Bedroom Painted Benjamin Moore Simply White
via So Much Better With Age
Ideas for painting bedroom walls
BM Simply White
via Home Bunch

Don’t Forget To Always Use Real Paint Samples!

Don’t forget – no matter what you’ve read or photos you’ve seen online, it’s really important to sample paint colors in your home before committing!

Samplize provides peel and stick paint samples made with real paint, that are easy to move around your home, and cheaper than buying a gazillion paint pots! It’s the only way I buy paint samples.

Final Thoughts

If your bedroom is big or small, filled with natural light or more of a dark space, it’s a room that’s meant to be calming and relaxing so that you sleep well after a long day.

Be sure to steer clear of the wrong colors such as those with darker tones, vibrant colors, and especially red.

Whether you decide to choose a blue, green, gray, or white paint color is totally up to you. I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the choices!

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  1. Hi Jenna,
    Do you have a suggestion for a warm tan SW paint?

  2. I love my bedroom with Sherwin Williams Stardew. It is in the same family as some of your others.

  3. Sandy Moll says:

    What “soft yellow” colors for bedrooms do you prefer? I normally use SW paint.

  4. Access Doors and Panels says:

    I like the ideas you included in your content! Thank you for sharing! I am looking forward to reading your other posts.

  5. Hello – I wanted to ask about the very first picture on this page. I see underneath the picture it states nearest to color: Sherwin Williams Dutch Tile Blue. Is this a picture you took or did you get it somewhere else? I really love the color and need to make a choice for my bedroom ASAP. Do you happen to know the exact color or are you able to tell me how to find it?