How to Choose Bedroom Paint Colors

bedroom paint colors
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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.

bedroom paint

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.


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.


238 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.