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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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.

Bedroom Color Options From Soothing to Romantic

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Kids' Green Bedroom

Cheerful Purple Bedroom

Modern Orange Bedroom

Coral and Kelly Green Bedroom

Pink and Purple Girl's Bedroom

Traditional Girl's Bedroom

Teen's Lavender and Yellow Bedroom

Warm Beige Master Bedroom

Boy's Blue Bedroom

Chocolate Brown Master Bedroom

Contemporary Gold Master Bedroom

Cheerful Light-Green Nursery

Brown Guest Bedroom

Sage Master Bedroom

Grey Master Bedroom

Coastal Blue Master Bedroom

Creative Purple and Salmon Nursery

Blue and Orange Nursery

Warm Brown Child's Nursery

Neutral Colors in a Nursery

Green Bedroom

Black and White Bedroom

Vibrant Green Bedroom

Girl's Pink Bedroom

Red Bedroom

Bright Yellow Bedroom

Boy's Orange Bedroom

Traditional Navy Bedroom

Contemporary Gray and Orange Bedroom

Warm Beige Master Bedroom

Teal Bedroom Office

Traditional Yellow and Grey Bedroom

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.

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.

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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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