How to Choose Bedroom Paint Colors

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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.

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.


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  1. I am planning on painting the office. I am trying to find colors that keep me focused and able to concentrate without falling asleep.

  2. I really would love to repaint the bathroom! I am trying to find the right color for a small bathroom, and to pick a color that brightens it up.

  3. Our livingroom needs an update,,,,I was leaning toward colors you used! I think you convinced me that these would be perfect for my room. I’d like to know what sheen you used. It sure looks great!

    1. I’d love to paint my master bedroom the colors you’ve chosen, I have a similar outlay and I have used gray throughout my house and need a pop of color, love the colors you came up with !

  4. I’m a Interior Designer from Indiana, and I’m with you on using white alot, but also with a son it can be hard to please. I asked him yesterday what kind of color would he like in his room. I thought for sure it was going to be blues. I was so wrong. He said red, to my surprise. But the room I need to do is much harder than that for me. It is a room that right now is a catch all. I need a small office in there for a time being, but also it is a place my mom and son use. It’s not a big space, and even though small I still would love to do something dramatic. Maybe a gloss on ceiling or walls.

  5. I love those colors! I wish my bedroom looked that nice, gives me inspiration. We recently bought our house and EVERY room in the house is contractor’s brown, it’s so terrible. I have managed to get my livingroom done but the kitchen, dining room, both of my girls rooms and my room and both bathrooms need painted still.

  6. Our Office/Guest Room and Bath is getting a refresh. Love your Boys’ Bedroom update! Thinking of Blueprint as accent wall behind sofa bed that you can see up a few steps from Great Room. And then the Cotton Grey on the other 3 walls and in bath. I’d like a grey with just a hint of beige for warmth. I’ll have to check out the Cotton Grey at the store. Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. I might have missed it in the comments… What color is the trim? Love the cotton grey with the blueprint.

  8. Leslie, I love the room and colors. So cozy. My first thought was, I need that painting! How much do you charge for your art and do you have a sight that I canngo to and see your art?

    Thank you,
    Theresa Smith

  9. My stairwell is in desperate need of brightness and color. I have no idea how to achieve that, but I do love the Blueprint color!

  10. I realize your room makeover was initially posted a year ago, but I just saw it. Haha! Beautiful transformation!! The room looks very fresh and inviting. One question though….where did you find the duvet cover and the brand? It’s perfect for a room makeover I’m doing.

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