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

Formal Master Bedroom With Nature Inspired Green Walls

Formal Master Bedroom With Nature Inspired Green Walls

Damask-print pillows top a small white elegant sofa in this formal master bedroom.The padded headboard with nailhead trim accent the faux canopy style of the bed and set the formal tone.

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

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.

Photo by: Dan Piassick

Dan Piassick

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

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.

Photo by: Regan Wood

Regan Wood

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



Photo by: Helen Norman

Helen Norman

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, 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



Interior designer Linda Woodrum took one look at the carpet in a shade of bright bubblegum, and knew immediately that one room would be over-the-top colorful. “That room feels joyous and happy, and it’s fun to be in the space,” she says.

Photo by: Eric


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.

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