Asked on Jun 20, 2014

Anyone have any good ideas what color I should paint my bedroom walls?

Kim Lander
by Kim Lander
Its been 17 years since this room has been painted. The boyfriend loves white, which I hate, it shows stains faster than any color out there.
q anyone have any good ideas what color i should paint my bedroom walls, bedroom ideas, painting
  41 answers
  • Nancy Langley Nancy Langley on Jun 20, 2014
    cool green or light blue, possibly feather dusted to create a pattern

  • Nola Baker-Ramirez Nola Baker-Ramirez on Jun 20, 2014
    Have you considered the compromise of doing an accent wall in a bold color that will match or compliment the color scheme of the room and then doing the other three walls in a neutral color - perhaps eggshell or off white? I've done it in many rooms in my house and always get compliments. It can reallly turn a non-descript room into an eye-popper!

  • Nola Baker-Ramirez Nola Baker-Ramirez on Jun 20, 2014
    I see a bit of aqua in the pillows - perhaps an aqua color on the wall the bed is against? Then brighten and bring the rest of the room together with aqua accents - aqua scatter rugs, a floral arrangement with aqua being the main color with neutral colors to bring the room together, aqua vases, etc....?

  • Nola Baker-Ramirez Nola Baker-Ramirez on Jun 20, 2014
    PS. If you can't budge the boyfriend from white, consider a satin finish white - it's much more scrubbable! ;)

  • Karen Sheilds Karen Sheilds on Jun 20, 2014
    A really bold blue on the wall behind the bed with white on the other walls. Then you can pick up the blue with accent pillows and your lampshades.

  • Liz Feeser-Regan Liz Feeser-Regan on Jun 20, 2014
    I love the yellows and greens, look through some magazines like HGTV they have great ideas.

  • Miz Amerika Miz Amerika on Jun 20, 2014
    Sharkie grey. Martha Stewart at home depot

  • Lori Jackson Lori Jackson on Jun 20, 2014
    I like gray and yellow together...

  • Kendra Loftus Kendra Loftus on Jun 20, 2014
    I love the color of your bedding. I would use the bedding as inspiration for the wall color. Grey with satin white trim and then paint the furniture white with accents of grey to tie it all together. If you are able to, make an extra large tufted headboard that will fit beautifully in between the sconce lighting that you have.

  • Kim Kim on Jun 20, 2014
    My new favorite color is Amazing Grey by SW. Then maybe add some white shears to the window to soften the lines(Target has some great modern styles)

  • KathrynElizabeth Etier KathrynElizabeth Etier on Jun 20, 2014
    Since you don't use a headboard, painting the wall behind the bed an accent color (blue, turquoise, emerald) might be a fun touch. You could use a light shade of gray on the other walls as a compromise with the BF.

    • Kim Lander Kim Lander on Jun 28, 2014
      @KathrynElizabeth Etier I eventually will be getting or making a headboard.

  • Deborah K Glassford Deborah K Glassford on Jun 20, 2014
    Yellow, or turquoise is fun, but if you feel really bold, orange would be kool as well.

  • Lori T Lori T on Jun 21, 2014
    How about a silvery/ charcoal grey?

  • Anne Barnhart Anne Barnhart on Jun 21, 2014
    Apricot and green, but you need the right shade of green like a foliage green, they look awesome together and you can still incorporate the gray linens you have

  • Kathleen M Kathleen M on Jun 21, 2014
    I'm never a fan of an accent wall-I just don't get it! It breaks up the space, making the room appear smaller and the ceiling lower. I agree with Nola, who suggests a pale aqua, but I would like it on all four walls. Take a pillow to the paint store and do your best to find a matching color, and then pick a paint that is a few shades lighter. Your boyfriend would never be happy with an intense or deep color.

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Jun 22, 2014
    I would take one of the pillows for the bedspread to the paint store and have it matched...or pick a color from the color chart a little lighter. Then add some red accents to the room!

  • Sharon Kavanagh Sharon Kavanagh on Jun 22, 2014
    Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue, It changes with the light of the day, subtle, calming and gender neutral. Purchase a fan deck at Ben Moore for about $25. Pick three or four that you think you might like. Purchase sample pots, paint them on your wall. Wait two days so you can see them in all kinds of lights and then decide. This is a bit of an investment in time and money, but I have come to find it well worth it in the end.

  • Joanna Stoltzfus Joanna Stoltzfus on Jun 23, 2014
    for the walls, i would go for a mint or maybe aqua. or if you prefer, try a coral. my walls in my room are coral and grey, and it looks beautiful together! whatever color you use for the walls, should be also used in accents across the room. have fun! :D

  • Angie W Angie W on Jun 25, 2014
    Are you keeping the bed set?? I'd go with a whole different bed set, something with lot's of color.....Pick one of the colors in the bed set, paint the walls a matching color... If you are keeping this bed set, I'd go with some black, white, and turquoise pillows...add spots of those colors around the room....Take the plastic off the shades, paint them turquoise...add a white furry rug under the bottom legs of the bed, so that it hangs out, at an angle...Make a many things to do....I'd also paint the furniture black, or white if you don't like black....Also hang your curtain high and go to the floor....Tricks the eye into thinking it is a tall window....

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    • CK CK on Sep 16, 2014
      Kim the bedding set is very pretty. I see there's aqua/teal on the backs of the shams. Go with that color only much much lighter. You'll get some teal/aqua and your boyfriend will have something very close to the white he likes. Find a headboard (it can be something as simple as hanging a large piece of fabric up on a curtain rod or whatever you like or find), reaccessorize/declutter and you'll have a whole new room. P.S. For safety reasons: Take the plastic off the wall lamps' shades. It's a fire hazard. It probably states that somewhere on the lamp shades. ;-)

  • Angie W Angie W on Jun 25, 2014
    Here is another look....

  • Cindi Cindi on Jun 25, 2014
    I would paint all four walls the grey in the bedspread. Then trim all trim in satin white. I would also purchase a bunch of diff size and shaped picture frames. Remove glass and back, using the empty frame and do a collage on the back wall of bed. putting it half way between top of bed and ceiling, making it appear as headboard.

  • Sharon Kavanagh Sharon Kavanagh on Jun 28, 2014
    You won't revet buying a fan deck and painting samples of your walls. I formally did it the other way , you know going to the store and picking out a paint I liked, I ended up never satisfied. Once I started painting samples on my walls, I have not been sorry, but have been very surprised at what paint I actually ended up with. GOOD luck, HAVE fun and LET us know what you end up with.

  • Angie W Angie W on Jun 29, 2014
    Aqua is a lovely shade......That would be great..... When I remodel a room I like to go with at least 3 maybe 4 colors.....and yes you can add 2 or more different patterns if they stay in the same color pallet.... Your room would be nice in the Aqua, black, white, and gray, above... Please post it when you finish.....: )

  • Jan Loehr Jan Loehr on Aug 29, 2014
    Love the many suggestions of soft aqua for the walls, but keep it very pale. Also, are you planning to get a headboard for your bed? Really, a beautiful tall headboard totally makes the focal point of a bedroom and gives a feeling of height in a room. You can use a fabric headboard in a nice gray which will look awesome against the aqua blue walls and your bedding with some added blue pillows!

  • Jody Lange Jody Lange on Aug 29, 2014
    a light blue with dark blue curtains

  • Andrine Andrine on Aug 31, 2014
    I love the coral or aqua but I think since it is for the both of you I would go for the pale gray or blue tones. My husband and I made a deal not to frou frou the master bedroom. Since I get my way in most of the house our master bedroom is simple but elegant. I think I would have country french white & violet and chandeliers if left on my own lol.

  • Bernice H Bernice H on Aug 31, 2014
    I agree... a headboard would probably make a big difference too, I made one out of lattice and wrapped molding around it, then another one out of hollow core door with trim around it...the hollow core door was $15 plus the trim, and the paint I already had on hand. I have a picture in my HT profile. I like the comforter, I would paint the side tables a deep grey too.

  • Pamela Golden Pamela Golden on Aug 31, 2014
    I would use a beautiful butter cream yellow. It always brightens a room without overpowering, plus it looks great with gray. A few throw pillows in the same color paint would really tie everything together. Good luck.

  • Melisa Paul Howard Melisa Paul Howard on Sep 01, 2014
    A bedroom is a place for rest and relaxation! You wouldn't want to really put any colors in there that are going to keep you awake or the eye wondering! I would choose a green(olive, slate, country green, etc.) or a blue(I bought Valspar Jekyll Veranda Blue to redo an old antique cabinet in) anything that has the grey hue's so that your comforter will pull the grey tint from the paint. Or Grey is the new Beige, so to speak, you could paint it grey(a different tone of course) and use pops of color and if you ever get tired of your comforter you can just switch with any color and it will match! You should always accessorize with color b/c those can be changed out! Also I would do a headboard and there are so many options to choose from! you could hang a curtain rod behind your bed and hang pillows from it, quilts, you could actually paint a headboard on the wall, go on pintrest and search headboards (the new thing right now is pallet headboards) Just depends what you like. Please post your finished product .....we all would love to see!

  • Jody Lange Jody Lange on Sep 02, 2014
    Kim go on line and look at Sharon Lilikoi Joy master bedroom that should give you some inspiration on what you want to paint the walls

  • Colimbia1 Colimbia1 on Sep 16, 2014
    I would get a head board or repurpose an old one or make one. Lots of ideas on hometalk and Pinterest. If not that a large painting would take up some of the blank space. I like peach with the color of your spread. You could go a dark shade or go as dark as the coral someone suggested. Your spread is a gray or silver -- there a so many colors you can easily coordinate with it. Coordinate the lamp shade or you could paint it or ad some decoration to it. Hope you will post pictures when your project is finished. Enjoy!

  • Ltt834476 Ltt834476 on Jan 04, 2015
    Plum or egg plant purple would look really pretty with that comforter.

  • LYNDA LYNDA on Jan 16, 2015
    If you keep it a soft gray or blue maybe he won't even notice. lol but it wouldn't be such a shock for him and he will probably like it.

  • Glamistahome Glamistahome on Jan 20, 2015
    Since the window seems a little small, I would pick a lighter shade of any color you pick with yellow undertones, so the room doesn't seem dark, but is still cozy. I'd paint all the trims white to add a touch of sophistication and make the window radiate light and seem larger.

  • Nancy L Sires Nancy L Sires on Feb 04, 2015
    Light shade of a dove gray

  • Cin383397 Cin383397 on Oct 10, 2015
    Play with shades of gray - pewter - taupe, with white wainscoting or baseboard if your room is small, stay with the lighter shade on the paint sampler or do one wall darker and others light. White curtains.

  • Bernadette Jane Roos Bernadette Jane Roos on Oct 12, 2015
    Dark Grey, with Blue undertone for the Accent Wall. (wall where bed will go) then White or Light Grey for the other walls. Ceiling, WHITE!! I would varnish the wooden bookrack and side tables in Teak. and Bring in Purple, Turquoise, Maroon..... throws, Lighting, decor......ect to bring in some colour. Also, a Bamboo Blind will look great at the window, with muslin curtains. This would lean towards an Eastern / Zen, look, in the bedroom.

  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Oct 17, 2015
    Bedspread looks quite elegant - I thought of a French inspired decor when I saw it. I'd get a headboard, for sure. I'd also suggest taking the plastic off your lampshades. If you have a king sized bed, the lamps should be larger to be consistent with the scale of the bed. Another idea would be to soften the window with sheers and draperies. I'd go with an aqua/turquoise on the walls and remove the bookcase in the corner.

  • J. Jacobs J. Jacobs on Jul 01, 2016
    Teal for the wall behind the bed and then dove grey for other walls. White ceiling for light refection and white trim.

  • Sherwood Green is such a pretty color. You could compromise and add color to one or two walls and white on the others. Or you could add wallpaper, it's coming back big now!

  • Use the colors in your comforter. You may want to paint the wall grey and one wall an accent wall in the blue. You also could stencil the walls.