What Color Should You Not Paint Your Bedroom?

If you want a relaxing sleep space, avoid bold paint colors like bright reds and magenta pinks that are stimulating – according to color psychology they may actually prevent restful restful slumber.

Cooler hues that evoke nature, such as blues and greens, make excellent choices for bedrooms. Brown is best avoided as it may induce feelings of dullness that interfere with sleep.

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Red is an eye-catching and energetic hue, perfect for Superman’s cape but perhaps less so for your bedroom. Red can heighten emotions of anger or passion while stimulating energy levels which could disrupt sleep patterns. If you want a splash of red in your room, opt for furniture or artwork rather than painting walls red.

Orange is an energetic and lively hue best suited to an activity space like a playroom. However, orange also works well in bathrooms or dining rooms but should be avoided in bedrooms due to its ability to stimulate your brain and prevent you from sleeping soundly. Instead, choose a more subdued shade of orange such as peach for optimal results.

Black is a striking and mysterious hue, representing strength and confidence. However, it can create feelings of melancholy in the bedroom space so it would be wiser not to incorporate this hue.

Your bedroom should be a tranquil sanctuary, so choosing paint colors that promote restful restful rest are of vital importance. When planning on repainting your bedroom, choose matte finishes in soothing neutral tones instead of bright or bold shades that could disrupt sleep cycles. Instead, go for warm neutral tones such as this light taupe bedroom designed by 2LG Studio as its timeless elegance is sure to look timeless without too much maintenance required for upkeep. Plus it pairs nicely with other neutral tones in decor – or paint one focal wall in this hue combined with neutrals in other parts of the room for maximum effect!


There’s a good reason why using bright yellow paint in your bedroom may not be ideal; its stimulating nature could potentially prevent you from sleeping soundly and induce anxiety instead. Instead, opt for muted yellow tones for creating a relaxing and peaceful ambiance in which to unwind.

White may be tempting when decorating their bedroom, but this choice should be avoided in order to prevent it from feeling cold and sterile and being difficult on the eyes in the long run. White might even trigger your fight-or-flight response at night and keep you up at night, so try saving this color for other parts of your home instead.

Now don’t despair: there are numerous other colors you can use to give your bedroom a cozy ambience. If you like the idea of using bold tints but worry they might overwhelm, consider painting just an accent wall in order to test whether or not you like it before fully committing to a full bedroom remodel project.

Explore unique wall paint ideas by marking off square sections or adding stripes, like this charming tween bedroom (opens in new tab). Dulux Simply Refresh feature paint in Golden Sand produced an outstanding result in this space.

For an elegant touch, combine yellow with other soothing hues such as greens, blues, and pinks for a more sophisticated aesthetic. Yellow can also be added through accessories like this floral headboard that features its soothing shade of yellow.


Color psychology states that bright or energetic hues may lead to feelings of anxiety and restlessness; for a peaceful bedroom space, muted green shades such as sage or sea foam would work best in creating that calm atmosphere.

Interior designer and TikTok personality Mr Phoenix Grey (@mrphoenixgrey) suggests choosing a muted shade of green as it pairs beautifully with other hues, such as blues, neutrals and even pops of vibrant colors like pink. Lighter shades should be chosen so as not to make the room too dark and depressing.

Avoid black as it can elicit fear, sadness and isolation – not conducive to creating an ideal sleeping environment. If you do want to incorporate some black into your bedroom design scheme, try keeping it limited to small accent pieces such as picture frames and vases.

Tongue and groove or DIY shiplap walls painted in soothing green can add an unexpectedly contemporary vibe to a bedroom, according to interior designer Laura Pankonien of Lotus and Lilac Design Studio (opens in new tab). The earthy tone pairs particularly well with textures like rattan side tables or woven headboards for an inviting aesthetic.

Sarah Collingwood of Sinclair Studios suggests using muted brown as another means to creating a soothing bedroom environment. This neutral color evokes nature while its darker tones signaling relaxation can also aid sleep quality.


Occupied bedrooms require colors that promote relaxation. When selecting paint color options for bedrooms, bright reds, magenta pinks, and yellows should not be the first choice – interior designer Tash Bradley suggests. Oversaturated hues inhibit tranquility.

Blue, on the other hand, makes for the ideal bedroom hue. Being a cool color itself, blue has an immediate soothing effect and has been scientifically proven to lower anxiety levels. According to Kate Duffy of Duffy Scott Interiors in Atlanta, its warm undertones should offer comforting relief without being overwhelming or harsh – ideal conditions!

Green is another comforting color perfect for bedrooms. As it can be found naturally around us, studies have proven its ability to promote feelings of calmness and positivity. A gray with a subtle undertone could also work, according to Bradley; “it won’t feel muddy as other gray hues but still feels airy and open.”

Orange also induces positive emotions while decreasing stress levels. A deeper shade is ideal for home offices or playrooms; however, parents should keep away from choosing it in bedrooms where their child sleeps well.

Subtracting entire hues from the color wheel might seem restrictive, but it’s actually not. Hues that appear opposite each other on the color wheel (such as orange and blue) are complementary hues and work beautifully together in all kinds of tints and tones. In this bedroom from The House We Wanted for, cobalt walls contrast beautifully with warm neutrals such as wood floors and cowhide rugs for an eye-catching yet soothing design aesthetic.


Pink has long been associated with femininity, yet its versatility enables it to fit a range of styles. From romantic rose hues to warm peach hues, there is plenty of pink that works beautifully in both classic and contemporary bedroom designs.

Muted shades are best as they won’t overwhelm your walls and can help make the room appear larger. Pink is particularly versatile as a color to pair with others – from neutrals like gray and white, through bolder tones such as black or red, creating an eye-catching and eye-catching effect.

When designing with brighter pink hues, combine it with eye-catching yellows and cool blues to make for an eye-catching contrast. Or try going darker by adding touches of terracotta and gold accents through accessories; this combination can create an eye-catching girl’s bedroom that exudes fun while remaining sophisticated all at the same time.

As a general guideline, bright pinks should be avoided as they can quickly make your room seem overcrowded and disorienting. Instead, the best shades of pink for bedrooms are those with cooler tones which help the walls blend into the background more subtly and give more tranquil atmospheres.

Pink tones that veer toward white such as Sherwin-Williams Sheep’s Wool or Pantone Sheeps Wool will help to create an atmosphere of restfulness in your bedroom while reflecting light beautifully. Utilize accent pillows or blankets in order to integrate this shade with the other colors in your home.