Best Colors for Master Bedrooms

Choosing the best colors for your master bedroom can be fun, if you know the rules.

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By: Gina Hannah

What are the best colors for your master bedroom? It's the most personal space in your home, so let the colors you love be your guide. However, it's a good idea to remember a few guidelines.

Today's master bedroom suites are typically larger than the other bedrooms in your home, so you have many options, and you can combine and layer colors to create a unique look. If your master bedroom includes a bathroom and a dressing or sitting area, plan your colors for all of those spaces as a whole. That doesn't mean the paint colors in your bedroom and bathroom need to match, but they should complement one another. Picking up accent colors in one room and incorporating those colors into the other will create a unified look that will turn your bedroom into the comforting personal retreat you desire.

The Psychology of Color: Choose the Right Shade

Turquoise: Stability and Peace

Sunshine Yellow: An Uplifting Hue

Muted Yellow: Airy and Relaxing

Bold Red: Dramatic and Energizing

Red-Orange: A Subtle Approach

From: Erinn Valencich

Bold Pink: For Grownups

Peony Pink: Energetic and Youthful

Deep Orange: A Versatile Shade

Apricot Orange: An Appetizing Shade

Lime Green: A Burst of Energy

Celery Green: A Lively Neutral

From: Shelly Riehl David

Cool Blue: A Serene Environment

From: Tobi Fairley and Tobi Fairley

Sapphire Blue: A Powerful Statement

Vibrant Purple Shades: A Refreshing and Lively Look

A Pop of Purple: For a Fun Vibe

Gray: A Favorite Neutral

Silver Gray: A Romantic Feel

Earthy Brown: Helps You Relax

Brown Accents: Highlights Bold Colors

Consider what mood you want to set in your master bedroom. Most homeowners want this space to be a peaceful retreat, with soothing colors. But that doesn't mean that bright or dark colors have no place. You can use a palette of neutral shades to create a look that leaves room for pops of color in your bed linens, pillows, lamps and other accessories. A neutral palette also works well because you can change out your accessories to suit your mood or to decorate for the season.

If you want more color on your bedroom walls, let your passions be your guide. Love green? Green is one of the best colors for bedrooms, because it has elements of both warm and cool, and there is a wide range of tints from which to choose. With green, you can furnish your room in a modern, traditional or eclectic style. It looks great with pops of complementary colors and furniture that is either painted or bare wood.

If red is your favorite color, you can use it in the bedroom, but use caution. Red stimulates, and too much of it can be overwhelming. Choose a muted tint, or try using red on just one wall, either behind your headboard or on a wall that has large windows, to break up the intense color. Be careful about using bare wood furniture in a room with pure red walls, as the two can clash. Better to go with painted pieces.

The tips for red also hold true for yellow. Softer shades will be more relaxing, and you don't want to go with too bright a shade in the bedroom.

Cool and soothing blues are a natural for the bedroom. In traditional bedrooms, deeper shades of blue create a stately backdrop for antiques and classic furnishings, as well as artwork. There are plenty of muted and pale tones of blue that create a soft look for those who don't want a dark color on their walls.

Even black can work in your master bedroom, but be sure to balance it with white furnishings, and add color with bright touches such as yellow or turquoise.

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