We'll be the first to admit that waking up early and leaving a cozy bed isn't always enticing. But creating a bedroom that's energizing and mood-boosting can make it a whole lot easier. And since colors and light effect our mood, there's a strong case for a colorful bedroom. Whether you introduce those pops of color with paint, bedding, or artwork, you'll find something to emulate in the gorgeous examples of colorful bedrooms below (even those color-averse readers).
This lavender oasis designed by Cathy Chapman is proof that you can decorate with color while still being understated. Though it's bursting with purple, this little nook also exudes a calm, serene energy. The key is to stick to a color story of muted pastels. In this case, the designer worked within a purple spectrum while keeping things interesting with contrasting textures, shapes, and finishes. For a similar vibe, choose a white base paint with hint of lilac. But who says paint has to be limited walls? This geometric painted floor tells us otherwise.
Farrow & Wall Great White, $110
In this Scandinavian studio, peachy blush walls contrast with with the high-impact black and white wall art. But that softness is reflected again in the jute rug and oat-hued linen bedding. Blush pink also pairs nicely with steel blue gray tones and even bright red for an unexpected contrast.
BEHR Premium Plus Serene Peach, $30
A soothing soft blue feels like fresh air when you walk into the room. It adds an ethereal, dreamy quality to every space it enters but also offers a ton of versatility, making it particularly well-suited for the bedroom. The linen bedding and makeshift side table accent chair contribute to that easy, undone elegance.
Farrow & Ball Luluworth Blue, $110
While we often think of bright whites and crisp, light hues when trying to open up a smaller space, there's also a strong case for going darker. In fact, inkier tones are known to amplify smaller spaces, especially those with little natural light. Not to mention, it sets the right mood in the bedroom. To keep it from feeling too dark, opt for lighter bedding and modern light fixtures. The soft black paint color in this bedroom makes it feel special and intimate in ways you'd never be able to achieve with a lighter hue
Farrow & Ball Railings, $110
It's always a good idea to consult the color wheel at every step of the decorating process. Knowing which colors complement one another will make everything easier, from ideating to shopping, and, of course, living within the final result. A good example of a job well done? This gray and yellow bedroom designed by . There's no doubt that yellow represents cheer, so if you want to spread warmth and energy, this is the color for you. You'll love how the bright striped ceiling brings in a more playful element to the more traditional guest room.
BEHR Premium Plus Ultra Bicycle Yellow ($36)
Who says beige is boring? Dependable, versatile, warm, and subtle, it's one of the best paint colors for a bedroom. A super light taupe shade will contrast just enough with crisp bright interiors while also injecting some warmth into the space. It'll also bing to mind long walks on a sandy beach. Then add pops of cheerful colors with will decor and throw pillows.
Farrow & Ball Dimity, $110
High gloss paints are a surefire way to make a bold statement. In this bedroom designed by decorator Alisa Bloom, the rich, liquidy sheen of a lacquer-like finish bounces light around a dark room. She used Fine Paints of Europe’s Delft Blue 4003 in to illuminate the entire bedroom.
Fine Paints of Europe Hollandlac Brilliant, $45
This bedroom is a showstopper, plain and simple. And though some may say white is the absence of all colors, we'd argue this one is making quite a statement. In fact, sometimes neutral hues give the space a more timeless and open feel while also allowing other design highlights to stand out more. This attic bedroom, designed by , uses a pure, cool shade of white that really energizes the entire space.
Farrow & Ball All White, $110
A Canadian townhouse's guest bedroom exudes warmth with terracotta walls. A large, statement piece of art helps break up the dark color. Though brown isn't exactly the most obvious paint color when decorating a bedroom, this warm nook makes a strong case for it. The fact that it's unexpected makes it perfect for anyone who likes to experiment with color but doesn't love bright neons and playful pastels.
PPG TIMELESS Deep Russet, $35
"Responding to an unusual Y-shaped floor plan required a strategy to pull light from all directions to create a range of shifting light experiences: Moody and subtle to the south; bright and open to the east," explain the designers behind . For a moodier bedroom that isn't full-on dark, try a steel blue gray like this one. And then lighten things up with colorful linens and keep things streamlined with bright a white ceiling and modern bedside sconce.
BEHR Marquee Myth, $47
Instead of painting your walls, add a statement ceiling in the bedroom, as the design dup of did here. It draws the eye up and keeps things interesting. This shade of sage green is also a lovely color that's at once grounding, calming, unique, and exciting.
BEHR Marquee Fern Leaf Paint, $46
High-energy yet calming, bold yet timeless, this jaw-dropping bedroom designed by is serious goals. For a similar effect, stick to a tight two-color story with the walls in a show-stopping super high gloss paint and then dip your ceiling in a flat white paint. "This finish feels fresh for a guest room, and the surprising pop of color is both warm and chic," he says.
Farrow & Ball Blazer, $110
This bedroom proves just how beautiful marigold can look with navy blue and olive green. This sunny shade also works nicely when you incorporate accent pieces with metallic finishes for a glamorous aesthetic. Think bronze pendant lights and stools with interesting frames—these finishes accentuate yellow's shining personality.
Portola Paints & Glazes Lotus, $10
If you want to keep color from overpowering your space or you simply want to give your room a little more shape, color blocking is your solution. There are plenty of ways to play with this design trend, from more subtle and simple toning treatments to full on murals. This bedroom designed by is somewhere in between. If you like what you see, try painting your paneling and leaving the walls light. Then opt for a low-to-the-ground bed to show it off even more.
BEHR Premium Plus Purple Potion, $3
Paired with a mint pistachio green upholstered headboard and a retro-style crocheted coverlet, this small bedroom designed by belongs in the summer getaway home of our dreams. The traditional landscape painting and warm wood side chair ground the space and work beautifully with the minty green paint.
BEHR Premium Plus Ultra Soft Mint, $35
If this Art Deco-meets 80s-glam-inspired bedroom designed by 2LG Studio doesn't make you blush, we don't know what will. From the dusty rose accents to the mauve touches, creamy tones, and warm beige accents, what's not to love? But if pink isn't your thing, you can learn a thing or two from this space. Picking one color and and anchoring the entire room around it for a tonal statement.
Farrow & Ball Pink Ground, $110
Paint your walls a nice deep shade of navy and then punctuate the depth with crisp white accents and vibrant bedding for a balanced bedroom. In this space designed by , the playful patterns contrast nicely with the deep blue walls, giving the room a touch of levity.
Glidden Premium Rich Navy, $24
Paint your bedroom walls in a light gray to give it an icy edge. Then warm things up with antique wood pieces and a color palette of olive and jade green. Another pro tip: If you fell in love with a certain wallpaper but you don't want to commit to covering your entire bedroom in it, create a gallery wall with it instead, as done in this space designed by .
BEHR Premium Plus Silver Sky, $30
Though this icy shade of blue definitely makes a statement, it doesn't overpower the space nor overwhelm the eye. That's because it's consistent. Since this bedroom is basically a cocoon of light blue, there's a strong sense of cohesion and personality. So if you have a favorite color, too, and don't see it changing any time soon, why not let it be theme of your bedroom?
BEHR Marquee Skylark, $47
And for our final stop o this tour of bedroom colors, we're presenting you with a whole new world of options: Wallpaper. This bedroom isn't just a living space, it's a work of art. Our eyes are immediately drawn to the hypnotizing black painted stripes that trace the architectural DNA of the house itself, beautifully modernizing the bones of the Victorian home designed by . The moody, lush throw pillow and end blanket add just a splash of color, which is really all you need in a space like this.
Graham & Brown Striped Wallpaper, $85