7 Unexpected Bedroom Paint Colors That Are Worth the Risk
These shades make the case for saying goodbye to basic beige.
Living in a rental apartment means I've come to accept the plain, white walls that surround me day after day. I've done my best to customize the place with artwork, books, statement furniture and plenty of accessories, but I can't help but dream about adding some color to the walls, especially in my bedroom.
And after living with plain white for so long, I know when I finally have a home I can actually paint, I'll be picking out some truly unexpected shades. I love the look of bold bedroom walls, so I'm sharing the colors that are currently at the top of my wish list. Read on for seven hues that are totally worth the design risk.
1: Gunmetal Gray
This moody shade is a total eye-catcher, but it still feels like a neutral thanks to its blend of blue and gray tones. So it's the perfect backdrop for pastel pops and gold accessories.
2: Kelly Green
Paler shades of green are frequently used in bedrooms, but how fab is this unapologetic emerald-esque shade? If you really want to make a statement, consider painting your ceiling the same poppy color.
3: Bright Orange
Twin Bed With Upholstered Navy Headboard and Striped Comforter in Boy's Bedroom With Bright Orange Accent Wall
A bold orange accent wall creates a bright backdrop for the navy details in this boy's bedroom design. Thick navy and white stripes on the comforter match the striped curtains and upholstered navy headboard with small nailhead trim. Orange pillows and upholstered cube stools tie the accent wall into the design.
Orange may not be the most popular paint choice when it comes to home decorating, but seeing how impactful it looks on a bedroom wall makes me wonder why that is. The hue looks right at home when paired with subdued navy and white accessories.
4: Jet Black
Black Master Bedroom with Room Saving Furnishings
The bedroom in this small apartment also makes very good use of its space. A slender dresser has been placed just under the window, and a bedside table has been hung from the ceiling to create space beneath it.
There's just something about black walls that I can't get enough of; they're somehow sexy, mysterious and simplistic all at the same time, and they make any room feel undeniably cool.
5: Pastel Purple
While you're more likely to catch this soft shade on the walls of a nursery than a master bedroom, it's actually a great choice for a grown-up space. The pastel color feels relaxing and soothing, and it looks gorgeous paired with greens and grays.
6: Fiery Red
Bold, Bright Modern Bedroom With Built-In Window Seat
Bold and bright, this modern bedroom makes a serious style statement. With such a strong wall color, the room's furnishings are kept muted or matching so as not to overwhelm the space.
Red may seem like an intense choice for a bedroom, but the romantic shade can feel simple when paired with quieter shades like white and muted gray.
7: Hot Pink
A shade that's definitely not for the faint of heart, hot pink feels fun, upbeat and a little sweet when used on bedroom walls.
Soothing Multipurpose Bedroom + Office
Ultra-white, black-brown and sand tones transform a multipurpose room into a tranquil space that doubles as an at-home office and a cozy spot for guests to sleep. Accented by a muted tonal mix, the room's organic textures add visual depth.
Interior designers often choose black-brown wood tones for floors, ceilings and custom cabinetry. The darkness evokes a sense of glamor and high-end appeal and also adds high contrast when paired with sand tones or white. Ebony is a super-dark shade of brown that appears black, but if you look at it closely, it’s actually a few shades lighter.
Mix of Light + Dark Tones
Contrasting Black-Brown + White Pattern
If you're looking for a neutral-toned pattern that's graphic and packed with contrast, stick with white and black-brown prints. Chocolate brown, which has a touch of red in its coloring, can become washed out when paired with a light color; however, the "almost black" character of black-brown maintains its contrast regardless of available natural light.
White-Painted Brick Walls
Indoor brick walls add industrial, historic and rustic charm; however, the brownish red tone of the brick drastically limits the possible color palettes a homeowner can use. To keep the brick pattern and the rich texture, paint the brick bright white in a flat finish. The white brick will make a room seem much brighter and allow virtually any color scheme to work well.
Charcoal + Taupe
The most commonly used neutral is beige; however, this color can be considered boring, cold and even contractor-grade. Two excellent alternatives are charcoal and taupe. Taupe has slightly more white undertones that keep it from reading yellow as beige tends to do. Charcoal is a great alternative for homeowners who are interested in dark colors but afraid to use black.
Wall-to-wall carpet often gets a bad rep from design enthusiasts who associate it with the cut pile carpet popularly used in the 70s and 80s. Seagrass and sisal are both excellent options for homeowners interested in introducing pattern and texture in a way that feels organic. Available in a wide range of colors and weaves, sisal can make a room feel more relaxed or tailored, depending on how it's applied. Because this is a high-traffic room, a sand-tone sisal was used to help mask spills and general wear and tear.
Upholstered Closet Doors
To add a touch of high design, ready-made bifold closet doors were given an update with fabric and batting. For a not-too-overwhelming pattern, a transitional geometric with shades of charcoal, greige and brown was used.
Aged Brown Leather
The trick to using leather correctly is to stick with tones that don't read overly rich, sexy or gaudy. Here, the room's main door was given an update with leather upholstery in an aged brown tone that's slightly faded and worn, resulting in more of a vintage look. In addition to a mix of tones, the room was outfitted with organic textures that add visual depth.