Paint Ideas for a Relaxing Master Bedroom

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Paint Ideas for a Relaxing Master Bedroom
Light blue is a calming colour for a master bedroom. (cosy bedroom image by Fotocie from

A relaxing master bedroom is an oasis from the stresses of everyday life. Because the walls are a highly visible part of the room, the paint colour plays a large role in defining the room's overall feeling. A relaxing paint colour is an inexpensive way to create a calming ambience in the master bedroom. Look to nature to find many relaxing colours that work well in this space.


Blue is a soothing colour that can create a peaceful environment. This serene colour is found in nature in the sky, flowers and water. Lighter shades of blue are best for a calming atmosphere in the master bedroom. Avoid dark shades of blue that can create a sad tone to the room. Blue has the potential to create a cold feeling in a room, so choose blues that have a reddish or greenish undertone to avoid a sterile feeling. Anything from a warm periwinkle to a bright turquoise can work for a relaxing bedroom, depending on your personal preference and the rest of the decor.


Lavender brings a restful, calming tone to the master bedroom. Inspired by the flower of the lavender plant, the peaceful shade is less likely to create a cold feeling that can sometimes occur with light blue. Darker purple shades can also create a feeling of calm and comfort in the master bedroom. Avoid going too dark, especially in a smaller master bedroom, as this can make the room feel even smaller.


Neutral colours can create a relaxed master bedroom. They also have the potential of creating a sterile, institution-like feeling, so choose the exact shade carefully. Look for shades of white that have a warm undertone or greys with green undertones. Add an earthy beige or light tan colour. Even grey can evoke a feeling of calm and relaxation. Neutrals create a peaceful environment in the bedroom because they don't demand the attention of the eye like bolder colours such as red, yellow and orange. Add depth and interest to the room with pillows, bedding and curtains in other relaxing colours.

Light Green

Because green combines blue and yellow, it can be both relaxing and energising. It creates a feeling of balance in the master bedroom. Lighter shades inspired by nature evoke the most relaxing feelings for a master bedroom. Sage green is a popular choice for bedrooms. Sea green or shades the resemble meadows are also good choices from nature. Various shades of celery also work well in master bedroom painting designs.

Painting Techniques

Once you have selected the relaxing paint colour for the master bedroom, you need to decide how to use it. Mimicking nature in the paint designs helps create a peaceful environment. Paint a mural that depicts a peaceful scene on the wall, or stencil leaves, birds and tree branches along the walls.

Painting the ceiling a shade lighter or darker than the wall colour is another painting technique for the bedroom. Painting the ceiling a similar colour creates a smooth transition and is less jarring to the senses than a stark white ceiling.

Subtle decorative painting techniques also add interest to the walls without being distracting. Colour washing, glazing and marbling effects on the walls add depth and interest. Choose paint colours that are only a few shades apart so there isn't a jarring contrast in the paint techniques. Another option is to paint stripes on the walls with only slight variations between the stripe colours.

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