Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
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Did you know that your bedroom paint colors can have an influence on your mood? It’s true; the psychology of colors is a powerful thing, and the shade and hue of colors can have a huge impact on the way you feel every day.

That’s why in 2020 many homeowners are starting to look for different ways to paint their bedroom walls, and find inspiration in different color schemes that can help bring a lot more positivity, ambiance, or calmness to the home.

Below, we’ll go over 11 of the most popular paint colors and the psychology behind them. This can help you decide which colors you want to consider for your next bedroom remodel project – and which ones to avoid.

More About Colors And Psychology

What’s your favorite color? While everyone has a certain color they like the most, there are some colors that are just overall more popular than others. For example, the most common favorite color in the world is blue. There are many reasons why people tend to respond positively to shades of blue. One reason is because we live on a blue planet, and blue is associated with pure water and clear skies.

 Another reason is that the brain actually emits certain hormones when responding to different colors. This can affect the mind, emotions, and even your energy levels in a number of ways. 

Below, we’re going to talk about some of the psychological ways that these different bedroom paint colors can influence your mood, mind, and energy. The bedroom is the most important room for your mind as it is the first one you see when you wake up and the last one you look at when you fall asleep every day. You need a color that’s going to help you feel good each and every day.

Blue Bedroom Paint

We’re starting off this list with the most popular color of all. Blue is surprisingly warm, although it is a cool-toned color. It gives off a tone of compassion, spirituality, peace, and flexibility. Blue colors are significant in our everyday lives, and there are a wide range of shades to choose from, from the darkest royal blue to a light grey-blue that can put you in a pleasing mood.

Here are some of our favorites:

Marine Blue

Marine blue, almost like navy blue, is a very dark blue that can add a sense of depth to the room. It contrasts well with really bright colors like white, or neutral colors like beige and light brown.

Ice Blue

Ice blue is very faint in its bluish qualities, almost making it look more like gray. However, its blue tinge makes it a really refreshing look to see when you walk into your bedroom after a long day of work. It’s not too gray, but not bright and bold either!

Sky Blue

Sky blue is light blue, like the color of a nice sunny day. It is very definitively blue, but it does not overpower the rest of the bedroom. Plus, it can go well with a lot of different colors, including darker shades of blue or light and fluffy colors to make the room look like a dream.

Check out our Article:  29 Blue Bedroom Decor Ideas!


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
Tara Benet Design

Experience tranquilty when you have a lavish blue bedroom like this.


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
SLIC Design

These wall panels immediately get attention and become the focal point of this room.


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
Regan Baker Design Inc.

The wood decor elements make this room warm and inviting.

Red Bedroom Paint

Red is arguably the most controversial color of all, especially when it comes to choosing bedroom paint colors. Red is usually established as one of the strongest and most “dominant” colors, capturing moods of passion, energy, love, and even danger. Physiologically, seeing a lot of red can actually raise your blood pressure or speed up your metabolism to help burn calories.

It is obviously very easy to make red overpower a room. So, we can offer the following suggestions:

Bright Red As The Main Color

If you really want to go red all the way, make it the main color of the room and use a glossy paint for a shiny effect. In addition, you’ll want to keep the room to just two colors. White usually contrasts well with red.

Red As The Accent Color

Perhaps the most suitable place for the color red, in most cases, is as an accent to another color that shines as the star in the room. Red is good at drawing attention, so maybe you want some fun red pillows or a red rug in an otherwise neutral-toned room.

Check out our Article: 29 Red Bedroom Decor Ideas!


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
FORMA Design

What a lovely masterpiece! The red ceiling is also magnificent!


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
studiovert design

Purple, red, and dark wood shades work beautifully on this bedroom.


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
Debi Weber Design, LLC

That intricate hand painted ceiling and rich red hues make this room ultra luxurious.


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
Fanny Prat – Architecte d’intérieur

Bringing in red accents through beddings and decor brings character without overpowering the room.

Purple Bedroom Paint

Traditionally, purple is the color of royalty. It offers a sense of luxury, elegance, and dignity. It can sometimes be calming like blue, or very loud like red, which is why you don’t want to use too much, as it can become overpowering. You should pay attention to the following shades for your bedroom:


Violet can be a strong color, and very striking, but if you use it sparingly and block out certain portions of your room for this color, you can make a lasting impact. Just make sure that the other colors in your room are very light.


Lilac and lavender can be very pleasing and calming colors, making them perfect for the bedroom. Have you ever smelled lavender before going to sleep? The plant lavender emits a calming smell for the brain to relax, and the color ends up evoking a similar feeling. Muted purples like lavender and lilac can be a great option for a boutique-like bedroom or bathroom.


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
Charles Neal Interiors

Feel like a star in this gorgeous elegant purple bedroom.


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
Joybird Furniture

These pastel purple hues are dreamy and make you want to sleep all day!


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
Laila Sadki

Bring in animal accents like this wall art and the zebra print pillows.


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
Leslie Baier – VHT Studios

Your little princess will surely love this purple bedroom.

Green Bedroom Paint

Green is another popular color that most people are fond of. Psychologically, and in nature, we associate the color green with life, growth, healing, and freshness. Those same feelings can be captured in your own bedroom with a coat of tranquil green paint.

As a bonus, the color green is also scientifically proven to slow metabolism and make you feel more emotionally safe. It’s a great color if you are thinking of a total bedroom overhaul. Here’s some of our favorites:

Sage Green

Not too light, not too dark, sage green is very grounding, but unique enough in that you don’t find it in too many bedrooms. This can give you an opportunity to make a statement and add a pop of colors to your walls or ceiling. Don’t forget about accents!

Khaki Green

If you like things dark and reflective of nature, a khaki green might suit you. It’s a very environmental color, which is great if you want your bedroom to have a cabin-like feel. It’s also a good base color if you want to have accents with bright wooden furniture or other natural decors.

Mint Green

Mint green is fun, calming, and cooling. This color is so light, yet so potent you can almost taste it. Who doesn’t like that refreshing pop of mint to clear the senses? Bring that rejuvenating mindset to your bedroom with this unique color.

Check out our 29 Green Bedroom Decor Ideas!


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
Thomas & Lord

Bright and airy bedroom with lots of natural light coming from the veranda.


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
TMS Architects

Read your favorite book in this gorgeous nook extension.

Yellow Bedroom Paint

Yellow is definitely the king of brightness. Psychologically, it produces a very warming effect, stimulating muscle energy and mental activity. It is definitely an attention-grabbing color, but too much yellow can be painful to your eyes and even to your mental health. Here are some examples of yellow paints and styles that might work well for your room.

Lemon Yellow

Some people can’t keep all of their joy and brightness contained inside of them. If you’re one of those people, a lemon yellow bedroom will truly reflect that. Yellow is definitely powerful, so maybe paint it in stripes or add some bright yellow accents to a white room.

Marigold Yellow

Somewhat of a mix between yellow and gold, marigold is very warm and inviting. It can give a sense of elegance while also remaining very simple. Accent it with dark navy or green colors.

Butter Yellow

A cute, warm, pastel color, butter yellow is a popular choice for bedrooms because it isn’t bright or dark. It’s neutral enough to be calm on the eyes, but yellow enough to be interesting. This is a good choice if you’re in the mood for a creamy color.

Check out our Article: 29 Yellow Bedroom Decor Ideas!


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
Seldin Design Studios

Do you love birds? Get this wallpaper that features photos of diferent bird species.


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
The Jones Company of TN, LLC

The combination of yellow and gray colors make this bedroom relaxing.


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
c2Design LLC

That bedside lamp adds a dramatic impact to this outstanding bedroom.


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
Susan Nelson Interiors

Dainty yellow wallpaper art for this stunning bedroom.

Orange Bedroom Paint

Orange is almost as controversial a color as red, since some people love it and some people don’t. Since it’s a combination of red and yellow, it gives off a lot of energy and stimulates a lot of different parts of the brain at once. A lot of people associate orange with autumn as it reflects the colors of falling leaves.

Here are some orange ideas we like most:


Instead of going with a pure orange, you can soften the color theme of your bedroom walls by adding some pastel to the mix. Peach is a popular color that adds a touch of joy without being too overwhelmingly bright. This mix of orange and pink is also easy on the eyes.

Orange As An Accent Color

The best place for bright, bold orange is as an accent. Rather than cover an entire wall or ceiling with it, you can use orange to create some stark accents in an otherwise color-neutral room. Orange also goes great with dark gray, white, and even blue.

Check out our Article: 29 Orange Bedroom Decor Ideas!


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
RKD Architects, Inc

The industrial ceiling combined with wood materials and furniture make this room a little bit raw and unpretentious.


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
Selma Basic

The twin beds are perfect for sharing among your kids.


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
Lift & Stor Beds

Vibrant colors of orange and green make this room fun and exciting.


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
Greg Ence Construction

Using darker shades of wood and beddings make this room warmer and more comfortable.

Gray Bedroom Paint

Gray is much more popular than it often gets credit for. It is a very adaptable color, as it can be made to match with your lighter color palette or your darker tones. Psychologically, gray comes across as neutral yet malleable, resembling a human’s ability to adapt to any situation they are in.

It also gives a sense of mystery and depth. Here are some different ways to incorporate your favorite shade of gray into your room:

Light Gray

It’s so light it’s almost white, but it has much more depth than that. Light gray is somewhat icy, setting a calming mood throughout the room. Light gray can be a color that refreshingly lacks that eye-catching quality, allowing you to use other items like furniture, light fixtures, and decorations to set the personality of the room.


It’s a combination of gray and beige, and it’s another good neutral tone to give the room an unassuming look. If you like light and airy neutral colors, this can be a great backdrop. It also works if you’re going for a more industrial, edgy look.

Dark Gray

Dark gray can certainly embolden a wall or a ceiling, and it goes great with other bold colors as its accents, especially ones that are bright – like orange, pink, or yellow. Just remember that dark gray can be very overpowering.


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
Dalia Canora Design, LLC

Clean lines of gray and white decor and linens for a dreamy bedroom.


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
W.B. Homes, Inc.

A bedroom complete with sofa and coffee table for wine and movie nights.


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
Margaret Donaldson Interiors

A bedroom that has direct access to the pool? That is a treat!


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
Ivy Lane Living

The combination of warm colors create a relaxing and comfortable bedroom.

White Bedroom Paint

White is often seen as the colorless color. Most walls are this color before they’re painted. But some homeowners prefer white, and for good reason. It is a color that represents cleanliness and positivity, and it is so simple that it almost has a sense of elegance to it. A lot of people prefer white because it’s easy to work with and it allows you to be much more colorful with your other bedroom decor.

Bright White

Probably the purest of them all, bright white can make a statement despite the fact that it has no color. It highlights every feature of the room and can make the space feel bigger. Many rooms throughout the home can be painted white to expand its boundaries and to give it a more refined look – and that includes the bedroom.

Check out our Article: 29 White Bedroom Decor Ideas!


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
Karen B Wolf Interiors, Associate ASID

A historic house transformed into this lovely small beach style bedroom.


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
Mary Hannah Interiors

Amazing walls with patterned board and batten and attractive carpet print.


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
Denman Construction

Feel the warmth of being in the farm or woods with this laid-back bedroom.


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
Ezra Lee Design+Build

White walls and beddings combined with dark wood accents.

Black Bedroom Paint

Quite a bold color, black is easy to fall in love with. It’s also easy to overwhelm a room with. You should be careful when choosing a shade of black, because although it can totally amplify a room’s size and features, the wrong shade can make the room look too dull. In general, black is an intimate color, making it a good choice for a master bedroom.

Some of our favorite shades include:

Soft Yet Bold Black

Matte black is rising in popularity, not just for bedroom wall paint but for many interior decoration ideas. If you want to use it for your walls, you can really make a statement. Inky, soft black creates depth and can make a small space look bigger yet warmer at the same time. It’s intimate yet classy.

Black As An Accent

You can make a huge difference in your room by adding just a few black accents. One stunning idea is to paint black stripes along the edges of your walls while keeping the actual paint color white or gray. This can add a lot of dimension and it will definitely be a conversation piece!

Check out our 29 Black Bedroom Decor Ideas!


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
Ownby Design

Sleek and sophisticated modern bedroom perfect for city living.


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color

The wall art, book shelf, and decorative light fixtures make this bedroom fun and interesting.

Brown Bedroom Paint

Brown is a nice, reliable color. Much like the colors blue and green, brown is reminiscent of nature and the very Earth we live on. Brown is not an attention grabber, and people who enjoy this color are usually looking for a modest and not outspoken bedroom.

Here are some creative ways you can use brown in your bedroom:

Terracotta Brown

A dark, chocolatey, golden brown is a rich choice for a bedroom, but you can definitely make it work. Use light decorations and big bright art pieces to counteract the darkness in color. You’ll certainly create a warm space with this look.

Light Brown

You can get a woodsy look with light brown, or you can go even lighter and plan to paint your room in a beige tone. Overall, brown is very neutral, so you have a lot of leeway and freedom to use different styles you might want to play around with.

Check out our Article: 29 Brown Bedroom Decor Ideas!


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
Gerber Berend Design Build, Inc.

Use distressed wood paint for that authentic rustic touch.


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
Full Circle Custom Homes

Striking and sexy bedroom with a breathtaking view!


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
Gaetano Hardwood Floors, Inc.

Attractive mix of colors for a relaxing and refreshing bedroom!


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
Joan Heaton Architects

Transform your attic and make a sensational bedroom like this one.

Pink Bedroom Paint

Last, but certainly not least, is a nice beautiful pink. Like all of the other colors listed above, pink comes in many shades, and can really liven up a room. Pink overall represents gentleness, tenderness, youth, and positivity. It’s a very non-threatening color, and it can still make quite a boisterous statement without invoking strong emotions.

Here are some ways to use pink in your room:


A blush pink is very subtle, almost beige, but with clear rosy tones to bring out the warmth in your room. If you’re looking to chic things up a bit, this is definitely the way to go. You can dress up the room quite elegantly with a blush pink background.

Rose Pink

Looking to go darker? A rosy pink isn’t just good as a lipstick color. It can work well on walls, although it can come off strongly if you don’t break it up with light or white decorations. It’s a great way to add some cheer to your bedroom!


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
Luxe Pros

Large windows with light pink curtains make this bedroom airy and bright.


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
Lisa Michelle Interiors

Pink ceiling, with few touches of pink accents make this room visually appealing.


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
Sheila Rich Interiors, LLC

Make a haven for your little one with a bedroom that she only sees in storybooks!


Bedroom Paint Colors And Psychology Of Each Color
RLB Architecture

Hot pink for the sophisticated and elegant boss girl in you.

Final Words

Which bedroom paint color is your favorite? With a rainbow of options to choose from, it can be hard to decide which direction to go in. It’s important to understand the psychology of each color and the ways in which different colors can actually change your mood. Think about what kind of space you’d like to fall asleep in, and how you want to feel every night and every morning. Your cozy bedroom awaits!

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