The best paint colors for master bedrooms

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The best paint colors for master bedrooms
Heat up your master bedroom with your paint selection. (thermometer image by Alfonso d'Agostino from

Adjust the mood and temperature of your master bedroom with the colour of your paint, turning the temperature up or down without ever touching the thermostat. Make it cosy and elegant, or simple and fresh, with your selection of colour and the turn of a brush. Your master bedroom can become a heavenly retreat, which makes you think of vacations long past, or a cosy spalike retreat that beckons to you every day.

Colours of Nature

Use colours of nature to determine hues that make you awake fresh and ready to start your day. If you prefer to spend your off time at the beach, paint your master bedroom the colours of the shore; select clear blue and warm sand for your room. If you love long walks through the forest, paint your room a variety of greens; set your headboard against a deep forest green, painting the other walls a coordinating sage. Add just a touch of the blue-sky colour that peeks through the upper foliage in your woodland for a warm accent. If you prefer strolling, working or sitting in your garden, call upon the colours of your favourite flowers; light lavender with a slight touch of clear-yellow accent will bring violas into your master bedroom.

Cool Colors

Master bedrooms, especially those located in warm weather states, welcome paint shades in cool colours. Soft blues and sage greens are popular shades in bedrooms. These colours are calming and create a relaxing atmosphere. Within blue and green, you will find what seems like an infinite array of hues. Stay away from those that incorporate too much grey unless you want a cool feeling year-round. You could end up feeling a bit too cold in your master bedroom come January or February, when winter's light and the absence of leaves on your trees may make a too-cold room feel stark. Instead, choose a clear colour or one with browns or tans blended in. An alternative is to incorporate a warm colour, like sandy brown, red or yellow, into your linens or accessories for a punch of warmth.

Neutral Colors

By far the most popular paint colours for master bedrooms are neutral cream, tan or taupe. These colours, especially shades that lean to the warm end of the spectrum, add warmth, elegance and luxury to your room. Mix and match a variety of hues from the same neutral-colour paint strip for a safe but luxurious look; select a neutral warm taupe for your walls and throw an assortment of pillows on your bed in every other shade on the paint strip. Throw in a small punch of accent colour for an unexpected touch that brightens your room and tickles your fancy.


Decide on which shade of your chosen paint to use by keeping in mind that dark colours close up a room, while light colours open it up. Make large rooms cosier with a darker shade or make a small room appear larger by painting a light shade of your chosen paint colour. When painting a large master bedroom a dark colour, tone the ceiling with not-quite white paint, ensuring a more subtle transition from wall to ceiling and hence a cosier feel. Paint a small bedroom's ceiling bright white to make it appear taller and the room larger.

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