How to Choose Bedroom Paint Colors

bedroom paint colors
 This post is sponsored by the Behr Paint Company but all opinions are my own. Be sure and read all the way through this post so you can enter the $100 Home Depot gift card giveaway!

I just finished a fun room renovation project in our home and I am jumping up and down because I love it. I added new paint colors in our boy’s bedroom and cannot believe the impact it has made in the room. I reached outside of my comfort zone and went more bold than usual and I am so happy I did! 

Last week I realized summer was over and it was time for a new project. The double bedded boys room upstairs needed the most attention and really needed some help. If you are trying to figure out which room it is in our home, don’t worry. You have never seen it before. It was that bad.

Ask For Input

Our three boys are grown (they are ages 27, 24 and 23) and no longer live at home, but they do come home often to visit. I thought it might make sense if I reached out to our boys and asked for their input on this project. So I sent a text message to our boys asking for input on what they would like to see done to the room.

After spending considerable time trying to google the term “instagrammy” I went back to the source. According to my son Michael, Instagrammy means “too much white decor, no color, chippy furniture, and no stuff”. So I decided to add color to the room with paint and try not to include too much white decor. I still intended to sneak in the chippy furniture and find somewhere to hide all of their “stuff”. But I was excited about the challenge.

Select the Bedroom Paint Colors

This bedroom in our home was an old bedroom for our boys, and then became a storage room and guest room for the last two years. This photo shows how bad it looked. The old paintings and rug were in here for storage and there was barely room for anyone to sleep. And to be totally honest, this photo was taken after I cleaned up.

bedroom makeover

When most people select their paint colors, they go to the paint store, bring paint chips back to their home, hold them up on the wall, and then head back to the paint store for samples. They then paint the samples on the walls and try to decide which color they want.

I had no idea what colors I wanted to try, considering my favorite color white was forbidden by my sons.  Instead of heading to the paint store, I went online and pulled up the Behr 2019 Color Trends. I used the Behr Paint Your Place® and uploaded some images of our bedroom and then viewed different colors on my walls. It was so easy, and I found two I really liked. They were the BEHR 2019 Color of the Year Blueprint S470-5 and Cotton Grey HDC-NT-20.

Here is the photo of the boy’s bedroom I uploaded on my computer. 

  paint colors in the bedroom

Here are the two colors I selected. It is so easy to try different paint colors on the Behr site.

blue bedroom paint colors grey bedroom paint colors

I decided to paint the room in Cotton Grey and also create a focal point in the room by painting the window alcove in Blueprint. I have always wanted to create a sitting area under the window and I love how it turned out.

Painting the Room

We picked up the Behr Marquee®Interior Paint at The Home Depot and got to work prepping the room. The hardest part was emptying out the room. There was so much “stuff” left in the room and it took me hours to sort through old college binders and junk. The prep was easy as all we had to do was patch a few holes. It only took a few hours to paint the entire room. 

bedroom colors

Adding Decor to the Room

I already had the white chippy end table and cabinet and overruled my son’s requests and placed them in the room. I gathered all of the accessories from around our home and the only purchase I made was the duvet covers. 

  wall paint colors

I went with minimal accessories so there would be plenty of room for the boys to be comfortable when they come home to stay.

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interior paint colors

I have a feeling I will be enjoying this reading nook until our boys come home.

wall painting

As a finishing touch, I added one of my paintings on the wall. I thought about painting a new one but this one was just too perfect!

master bedroom colors

I am sure you are wondering what the boys thought of the finished room. I sent them another text.

It means a lot to me that they like the end result. I absolutely love it.

Giveaway

I am really excited to announce that I have partnered with BEHR to give away a $100 e-Gift Card to Home Depot. It’s so easy to enter! Just leave a comment here telling me what room in your home you would like to paint. That’s it! For another entry just follow @BehrPaint on Instagram. Winner will be picked on October 15th at 9:00am PST. 

blue bedroom paint color

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of the Behr Paint Company. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

219 thoughts on “How to Choose Bedroom Paint Colors

  1. My laundry room needs a cheerful color so I won’t dread going in there. It’s small and windowless and needs brightening. It’s amazing what paint can do!

  2. The room looks great. I love the colors. I would love to paint my kitchen. I would even like to do an accent wall in there. Thank you for the inspiration.

  3. Looks great! I have 3 rooms that desperately need painting: kitchen, office and master bedroom. They’ve not been touched for almost 10 years!

  4. Love that blue accent wall! I would like to paint my dining room. Previous owner selected a deep red. It haunts me.

  5. Love the makeover! I have a long entryway 🛣 with no windows that needs color 👩🏻‍🎨but not sure what color to pick so that it doesn’t feel too narrow. I’ll head to the Behr site and upload a pic. Cant wait to check it out!

  6. Can’t wait to try out the Behr site’s “Paint Your Place”! It looks simple to use. I’d like to do an accent wall in our bedroom, and the blue just might be perfect.

  7. I have many rooms that need to be painted. We had a house fire 16 years ago and everything now needs to be redone! Four boys have lived here so you can imagine the wear and tear!

  8. Love the colors in your room. It almost looks like you have 2 separate rooms there. We are getting ready to remodel our kitchen and dining room. New paint in a new color will be definitely needed.

  9. The room in my house that desperately needs painting and a make over is the “grandkids” room. This room initially started out as a girls room and now the gran girls have grown up and now have 2 new grandsons ages 2 and 4. I need to make this age appropriate and yet this room doubles as the guest room, too. I need new paint and color scheme for this room.

  10. Just moved into a new house with builder grade paint so my whole house will be getting new paint eventually. i think the Cotton Grey will work.

  11. We are in “the process”of trying to get full custody of our little grandson.We do have legal custody and have him with us 4 days out of the week.We are responsible for all medical decisions,(he was in dire need of medical attention).We have him Thurs eve-Mon eve at this time..and trying to get all medical appointments “squeezed in”on Friday’s and Mondays are difficult to say the least!!He is 2 1/2 yrs old…We have a narrow bedroom on our main level (that used to be an office),that we are using for his room…it is in need of hole patching and paint,and a cute makeover!!!His room is the one I would redo-for sure!!!

  12. I really love the change!! My 24 year old son just got married and that’s my next project is to give his room an update. Painting the walls is the first thing on the list and making it a guest room. As always your post are very uplifting and great ideas!!

  13. Your room came out great! I’m working on a guest bathroom and then my master bedroom and bath! I’m going to check out the Behr Cotton Grey for sure!

  14. I am in the process of talking my husband into redoing the dining room/living room. He is going to build me a large dining table and I want to paint the room a new color. I also hope to place one of my large painting in the room to make it my own. Loved your painting in the boys room. It finished it off beautifully.

  15. Your renovation of your young men’s room is GREAT! Love the color in the reading nook. Always love the inspiration you give in your posts! I’m about to repaint my entire home so that we can put it on the market, as we plan to retire to another state! Whoohoo! That Home Depot e-gift card would come in very handy for the huge project on hand!!

  16. I need to paint my spare bedroom and mt master. Would be a toss up but leaning towards the spare room cause I have the flooring already and have a pretty good idea what I’m going to do in there. Just need to get moving on it!!

  17. I am fixing up our 140 year old farmhouse. I am ready to start on the upstairs bedroom that my grandchildren use!

  18. I love the Blueprint reading nook; it looks great with the grey in the main room. Thanks for showing us the app–I’m going to upload a pic of our small home office. It’s begging for a bright new pop of color. That’s the room I’d paint next.

  19. We are in the process of renovating our basement into a proper ‘rec room’ for our teen boys and it desperatley needs a paint job!

  20. Wow! It looks so good! You did great! I love the blue…and the painting…and everything! I would like to paint my kitchen…and my downstairs bathroom …and my entire upstairs!

  21. Love the input from your boys! I have boys and sometimes it’s good to ask them.
    I always use Behr and I just finished my bedroom with Norwegian blue and Swirling white. I love how it turned out. I have 10 foot ceilings so using a darker color wasnt scary. Its the only paint that covers my heavily textured walls and they are a pain! The room is beautiful! I love following you and seeing your 100 year old home. Love it!

  22. Love the colors you chose for this room. My youngest son’s room needs a new paint color to make it particularly his. He has three older brothers and usually just gets the hand-me-downs.

  23. As i was cleaning in the spare bedroom last night, I thought to myself I have got to paint this room and do some decluttering, organizing. I bought paint in May for this room…time to get after it. 🙂

  24. What a gorgeous room! Having the boys input was the perfect touch. My guestroom has been “builder’s beige” for 16 years. It, too, has been used for multi purposes and is on desperate need of a paint job. Yep, that is room I will repaint.

  25. Great job! It looks wonderful and welcoming!
    I would paint our kitchen and dining room. I’ve been toying with the idea of painting our living room, as well. These rooms need new life!

  26. I would love to give my parents a room makeover! I work on many projects with my dad around the house, but their room has never gotten any love and is extremely outdated! It would be awesome to put a new coat of paint in the room and finally give some attention to what they won’t do for themselves.

  27. Love it! We just recently bought the house my great grandpa bought and am fixing it up for our little family and it seems like every room needs a new paint job!

  28. Our kitchen is in desperate need of new paint. We haven’t painted it since we moved in 😲 and it is not good. There are red splotches, and it’s just a mess. I almost hate being in there, and I love you cook, bake, and host guests.

  29. Oh what a gorgeous room, You have an eye for color and design. I think that was great to include those boys in your decision. Our Master Suite has not been painted in 15 years and when I did paint it I used the suede treatment.. ah regrets and our Master onsuite bath has not been painted at all… Kids, life, grandkids other parts of our home got all the attention. It would be wonderful to have an updated look in our haven!!

  30. I love that blue! I’d like to paint my laundry room. It needs a serious makeover!! Hopefully on the list for this year 🙂

  31. Love the reading nook! Your house is beautiful. I’d love to repaint the bathrooms & bedrooms in our house. Especially the guest room. So I can finish putting the headboard up and decorate!

  32. The room looks beautiful!!! I am in the same situation, my two kids are grown and their rooms turned into storage! I want to paint my sons old room for when my grandson comes to stay. I absolutely LOVE Behr paint! It’s the only paint I use in my home!!

  33. Leslie beautiful colors!!! I kn u said what room my room choice would be my 1500+ wrap around porch. Just painted our house with Behr from Home Depot & need to choose a deck color. Beautiful!

  34. I love what you did with the room, sometimes it’s hard for me to go bold with a paint color but that blue is gorgeous. I have several rooms that need painting. All three of my bathrooms are very dated and really need a refresh, paint of course would be a great place to start.

  35. My bedroom is the awful Navajo White that has gone yellowish and dingy. It’s terrible! I’m dreaming of a soothing grayish green.

  36. I live in a tiny house so color on the walls are super important.. I love the blue and have sparingly used ,a what I call country blue in my bottom kitchen cupboards. Transitioning from a large house to a tiny has been too sat the least a decorating challenge.

  37. Leslie! It looks so great! I love that blue color, I need to build out a window for a little reading nook! Thinking the hubby Isn’t going to be on board! Haha Isn’t it funny how opinion our kids are? I’m really in need of a master bedroom refresh; paint; artwork; bedding; the works! Of course, the dog believes it’s his perch, so he can look out the window; naturally Gus will need to be consulted.

  38. You’ve inspired me to tackle my spare bedroom. Fresh paint colors can make such a difference! Love how yours turned out.

  39. I need to paint several rooms in my 180 year old home! Dining room, foyer and living room! Your makeover looks great!!!

  40. Love what you’ve done to this room – well your whole home actually! I want to paint a bedroom that has knotty pine wood all over the place. Behr with primer is already our go to paint!

  41. I would love to repaint my dinning room to lighten it up. I shop homedepot and have used Behr paint in the past. Thank you for sharing.

  42. I would like to help my daughter paint her NYC studio apartment; she has already picked out a Behr paint color, Silver Drop.

  43. We bought our house almost 6 years ago and it’s still painted the same so I have a lot of work to do but I would start work the living room

  44. I had a hard time doing my 20yo sons room also. What’s great is he said it’s the best room he’s ever had.I would like to paint my kitchen and cupboards. I love Bebe paint they are the best!

  45. Room looks great . I love Behr paint – it’s the only kind I use . I worked with a Behr rep when deciding to paint all our wood white starting with our master bedroom . I have a ton of wood to paint and have just begun . I went with (Behr- Polar Bear ) which I feel is still a little bright . Can you tell me what color white you use in you house for your wood work and do you use a satin ?
    Thanks Much !

  46. Getting ready to paint the hallways next week, but after that, the family room, living room and master bedroom all need painting. None of those rooms have been touched in 12 years- it’s time!

  47. I am right in the middle of painting the wood planks on the ceiling of my homeschool room. It’s Behr paint that I had left over from another project a year ago. The ceiling is dark brown and I’m painting it white so it doesn’t seem like a dungeon! I was thinking I had to wait until next month to get more paint, but maybe I’ll get lucky and win this?!?! 🙂

  48. We’ve lived in our home for 35 years and still love it. We’ve painted and repainted many times and am thinking our master bedroom is next on the list. Love your inspiration.

  49. Leslie,
    I would love an accent wall in my living room, it is okay as it stands now, but with a pop of color it would be super! Well done on your son’s old bedroom. It looks great with your paint choices!

  50. My kitchen definitely needs a fresh paint job. It was lasted paint when I was pregnant with our daughter, who is now 20 years old.

  51. What a beautiful transformation!

    I would love to paint my sons room. Sadly it is still light purple from the previous owners.
    We moved here two years ago….🤦‍♀️

  52. Oh, gosh, all our rooms could use new paint! But I’d start with the stairway, which is dark and sad. Love what you did in the room and your painting!

  53. I would love to paint my spare bedroom too. I want to shiplap the wall but paint it a blue color. I’m kind of getting tired of white I have in there now. I never painted it because I couldn’t decide what color to paint it. Im going to try what you did. Thanks for sharing. 😊

  54. My bedroom needs a new look and I have been wanting to add color to it! Your experience with Behr andthe new color for 2019 seem great and user friendly!

  55. I would paint my friend/neighbors bathroom. She’s a young 73 but she ruined her walls with some sort of cleaner! Eeek

  56. I would paint my living room and dining room. I want to lighten them up so I’m looking at shades of white….there are SO many!

  57. I want to paint my master bathroom! I’m thinking of going instagramy lol. I want to do white! It’s robins egg blue right now. Getting tired of it!

  58. You always do these little projects at the perfect time. We bought a new build a year ago, I’ve been dreading the color in our home. But I know I cant just repaint the whole inside to my liking. I would love to start with my master bedroom, it’s my happy place that just needs some color!

  59. Basement bedroom and bathroom. Our three kids are about the same age(😄) and we too are chipping away at transforming their childhood spaces into “return home” guest rooms. It’s a fun transition!

  60. This looks fab! I would love to paint what I call the “yellow room.“ This was my girls’ room when they were little. I had the top creamy and the bottom a green with a wallpaper border at about chair rail height. I have since painted the room yellow TWICE after using a primer over the green. I still see a shadow where the green and cream met.

  61. Love the color! I would love to paint my master bath and second floor main bathroom. Blueprint would look great with the revere grey of the bedrooms. 🛁🚿

  62. I would love to paint our office/guest room. It’s not used alot, but is so need of a refresh . I love the color of grey you used.

  63. We just bought our first home almost a year ago and i am ready to paint! We are starting our master b from and i chose behr paint color dolphin fin! Hopefully that gift card can help with buying some gallons 🙂

  64. While most of the rooms in our home could use a fresh coat of paint, I would paint our master bedroom. We moved into our home over 14 years ago and have painted every other room in the house EXCEPT for our master. I’m ready to have a beautiful, peaceful room to escape to. ❤️

  65. It’s such a nice transformation, Leslie, and it was so very thoughtful to include your sons. By their texts they seem awed and I love your beautuful painting. I would definitely paint my master bathroom because the lat time it got painted it was never completely finished and we’re talking years ago! 😟

  66. I love this room makeover! I actually have a bunch of rooms that are on the list to paint! Dining,living,family room, entry,stairs & hall and fourth bedroom… oh wow well most of the house!!😆

  67. The room looks great! I love the blue nook! And your sons’ comments are great. 😂 Its great that they liked it. I need to paint our dining room trim and the foyer. Desperately.

  68. Love this! We are breaking ground on our house next month! Soooo I guess you could say I’d love to paint every room😉

  69. Love this room. We will be painting our sons old room soon. Just like you he moved out. I was thinking more neutral color before but now inspired for some color. Thanks love your Instagram posts

  70. I would love to give my master bedroom a refresh going from blue walls to white. It only has one window so it feels dark. After 2 boys, (my youngest is 6 months) my self care is in need of a little TLC.

  71. I must repaint the dining room! I was hoping to warmup this North facing room and choose a shade of green that looks lovely in night lighting but HIDEOUS and glows in daylight. I’ve been living with it for 5 years because I don’t know what color to use. I think Behr’s Paint Your Place is a great place to start the selection process!

  72. Your guest room looks beautiful! Great job. I am in the process of trying to figure out a color for my master bathroom. My bedroom is blue, but my gut tells me blue would be too dark for the bathroom. I think I will try loading a pic on Behr to try different colors. Thank you for the tip and all of your inspirations. Have a wonderful day.

  73. I’ve used Behr paint forever and really need to find the right color for my master bedroom. I went with a dark gray but it wasn’t a good gray, too much green, now I’m on the search again for the perfect gray.

  74. Time to say goodbye to the 1980’s floral wallpaper in our open stairwell and hello to some new paint!

    Love the colors you chose, looks fantastic!

  75. This is beautiful!!! I love the blue color you chose too. I think i would love to paint my livingroom/kitchen area. It could really use some fresh paint!! Thanks for sharing!!

  76. Your room turned out beautiful! I’d paint my master bedroom and bathroom.
    I have two grown boys so especially enjoyed your boys comments 😂

  77. Oh goodness, my living room is so in need of an uplift!! Will be checking out the Behr site for that try the color feature!! Thanks!

  78. Love the finished result! And that painting is gorgeous. I’d like to add some new character to my kitchen with some new paint 🙂

  79. I really REALLY need to paint our master bedroom. 15 yrs with off white walls & a window treatment re-purposed from a prior home. The ceiling are angled & very high. It’s a contemporary look that runs counter to my traditional preferences. I like a quiet palate but I want something elegant & French & gorgeous. Where to begin with color.

  80. I’m liking the blue in the bedroom. Well done.

    Bathroom. My bathroom is a room that I’m having a difficult time deciding on what color to paint. That’s the room that needs the most help.

  81. My kids/hall bathroom is red on the bottom, white on top, with black on the baseboards and middle trim. (Texas Tech colors). Not instagrammy at all. I bought the house like that. I’ve worked & lived with it for 2 YEARS now. I would LOVE to paint that bathroom!!!

  82. My bedroom hasn’t been painted since I built my house 15 years ago. I just started looking at colors this week (grey) and one of my co workers recommended the behr marquee. I had only looked at the home depot site and didn’t know I could upload a photo to Behr. I will be doing that right now!

  83. Wow Leslie it’s absolutely beautiful I love the pop of color in the alcove. I’m a Behr paint fan all the way.
    I love the painting. Oh my gosh I didn’t even realize that you paint. I can only imagine that the hardest part of redoing this room was going thru your sons things…as I’m a mom of 2Sons 31and 24. When we sold our home that was the most emotional part of the whole move. Again great job.

  84. I’m just finishing up an 8 month long, full gut, kitchen renovation. I used Behr paint in the kitchen and loved it! The Behr ceiling paint is the whitest white! I love it!
    Now my dining room is looking pretty drab. Time for fresh paint to compliment the new kitchen. I’m sure the living room will have to be next once the dining room is done. The Behr gift certificate would be great since the kitchen ate up most of my budget.
    My fav color is grey. I love it in your room! The blue accent is a nice touch! 👍🏻

  85. Painting the living room and dining rooms where we’re putting in hardwood floors. The paint has been the same for about 20 years so we’re looking forward to an updat.

  86. Almost every room in my house needs painting – it’s been 11 years for most and they all need a little updating to more current colors. But first up would be the main living area.

  87. I would love to paint my living room! When we moved in , we painted everything grey and it’s too dark with the dark floors. Would love to lighten up the room like your living room! 😊

  88. Oh my goodness what a transformation. I have not painted a wall in 20 years and I REALLY want to start redoing the builder beige. I am so glad you showed how to do this, because I would have been that person with samples all over my walls and this blue is EXACTLY what I think I want! Thank you so much!!!

  89. My husband and I bought a 1922 Craftsman style home, last November. We’ve been here almost a year and have only managed to paint the dining room! I love what you have done to the boys’ room. It’s so amazing, light, and airy!! I would love to paint my front living room! It’s a dark taupe….certainly not my color of choice. We’ve just had so many other things to tackle with the house so far,….now that things are settling I hope we can paint . Can’t wait for fresh changes!

  90. Looks great, Leslie! You are so talented! My sister and I are going to repaint a couple rooms at our old family cabin in Northern California, next summer.

  91. Behr’s blueprint is the color I have picked out to paint our front door on our white 1929 bungalow. It’s a beautiful, rich color and I love seeing it used by an actual person. It looks great in your boy’s room. 💙

  92. The room is lovely!!! Looks like the boys were pleased too! I would love to give our master bedroom a fresh new updated look!!! It would be an awesome win!💕

  93. The room transformation is amazing! The painting really was the perfect one for your boys’ room. Also, the pop of blue is so pretty- both colors really turned out great.

  94. Looks beautiful! Love your posts we put an offer on an 1859 house and my fingers are crossed we get it and I can use this blue and grey color scheme for my boys room!

  95. Moving into a townhouse house, every room is white. I need color in my bedroom.

    Also loved the boys room. And I loved loved loved the painting. Perfect.

  96. I love what you did with your boys’ room! The blue and gray are perfect together. We painted our home in all warm colors when we moved in 10 years ago and I’d like to switch over to cooler colors. I’m thinking of starting with the dining room. I was also going to ask where you found your painting, but you made it! Wow! 😍

  97. I love the shade of blue you chose. It blends so nicely with the rest of your gorgeous house. My husband and I live in an 1880s Queen Anne Victorian in coastal NJ, and after 2 years of infertility challenges and miscarriage, it looks like we will finally be able to set up a nursery. I think this is the perfect pop of color for a little one.

  98. I love how your sons room turned out! Our son’s bedroom and our living room need to be updated. Our son plays hockey and it really needs a fresh look, it has that baby blue color that I painted it when we moved into our home. It’s ready for that updated teenage look.

  99. I love the colors you used! We bought our house two years ago and repainted some of the rooms including our baby boys room. He turns one (today actually!) and we’re ready to undertake a new project….repainting our living room! It’s a beige/brown combo and we want to update to grey tones. However having a baby doesn’t give you a lot of financial wiggle room!

  100. Our house is 15 years old and when we bought it several years ago we kept the beige-y colored walls. But I’m dying to give it a lighter, brighter look! The hard part is that it is an open floor plan so it will end up being most of the house getting repainted. Do you have a favorite cream/white
    wall color?

  101. Lovely makeover! Our home needs a complete color makeover so we would paint the foyer, livingroom, kitchen/dining room/family room, and master bedroom

  102. This room looks great! Would love to paint our guest room also. I want to try uploading our guest room pic and see how different colors look. Thanks for the tip 😊

  103. I’m redoing my bedroom and master bath. Really needed ideas and will try the Behr app. I’m usually a BenjaminMoore gal, but hearing great things about Behr. Thanks for the help!

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