5 Most Relaxing Bedroom Color Combos [With Photo Examples]

When decorating a bedroom, making it feel peaceful and relaxing is always a priority. Picking up the right colors for your bedroom design palette is therefore crucial. If you’re like most people, you’re looking for a color that will help you relax and eventually put you in the mood for sleep. Reviewing what color theory tells us, we have a few actionable suggestions for you.

What Bedroom Color is Most RelaxingA calm-inducing color palette for a bedroom doesn’t have to be all white. Instead, you can choose the softer hues of your favorite color. For your walls, choose pastel and earth-tones shades and you can design a bedroom that’s both relaxing and gorgeous.

The most relaxing color combinations for the bedroom typically include –

  1. Purples and Lavenders
  2. Soft Greens
  3. Soft and Dark Blues
  4. Beige and Creams
  5. Cool Greys

Making the right combinations can help you find the best calming colors for improving your mental health and inducing a night of rewarding sleep.

Keep reading for more detail – and examples, too.

Why choosing the color scheme of your bedroom is so important

Good interior design is a marriage between form and function, and few rooms marry those principles more obviously or importantly than your bedroom. There are many features in a successful bedroom and master bedroom in particular, that can evoke a sense of elegance, beauty, comfort, and personality.

Far too often, however, walls are not considered being one of them.

That’s unfortunate, given the fact that your walls are the biggest feature in the room size-wise and thus offer the biggest canvas for you to work your decorating mastery.

Let’s take a look at a few colorful – yet very relaxing – options.

1. Soft Purples and Lavenders

Few colors are more commonly associated with floral and regal beauty than purple. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that it’s also a popular color for soothing, satisfying bedroom décor.

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That being said, bright or even royal purple is typically used to call attention to the wearer, hence its historic popularity among royalty. As such, you’ll want to opt for lighter shades of purple in your bedroom décor. 

Lighter purples can be perfect though if this is a color you like.

 

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This might mean looking into something that’s closer to lavender. These shades can often make it feel as though you are “living inside” a flower, with lavender petals spread out all around you – and what could be more relaxing than that?

You can “calm” down purple even further by adding a very delicate pattern or texture. That’s usually done using wallpaper, like here –

 

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Check out these 37 Purple And White Bedroom Ideas too.

2. Soft Greens

One of the best tips for finding a paint color that’s soothing is to look to nature. Few things have a greater capacity to relax us, and evoking a sense of nature in the bedroom can be a great choice.

Relaxing green bedroom

Opting for softer green colors can be a great choice for those looking to choose a relaxing color for their interior.

In addition, green has a happy bonus of striking a nice balance between warmth and coolness. Where red is too hot, white too cold, and both too loud to be soothing, green is just right in these scenarios, as long as you don’t opt for neon green or a similar shade.

This shouldn’t be too hard, as there are many shades of green from which to choose. In this respect, less is often more. You don’t need big splashes of bright green, but just a hint of it to help evoke a soothing sense of nature in your boudoir.

With green, a darker shade can be just as soothing, as you can see here –

 

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But for many people, a lighter avocado tone might work better –

 

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Make sure to check out these 42 Green Bedroom Ideas for added inspiration.

3. Soft and Dark Blues

As established above, one key to finding a soothing paint color for your bedroom is to find a way to make it evoke something in nature – and what better sources of inspiration are there in that regard than the sea and sky?

Blue bedroom

Satellite images from far across the solar system show Earth to appear to the rest of the cosmos as blue, so much so Carl Sagan famously described our planet as “The Pale Blue Dot.” Between the sea and sky, blue has a sense of the infinite about it as well. All of that makes for an incredibly soothing color – when used properly.

If you opt for a bright or neon blue, you’re not so much evoking the quiet majesty of the sea or sky as you are that of a nightclub. You thus want to make sure that you’re picking the right shade of blue – and, here again, the sea and sky are huge helpers.

We typically see the sky as a darker blue than that of the sky, which is typically lighter in hue. Choosing a blue that’s close to either of those hues can be an incredibly soothing and thus satisfying choice.

Here are some great examples of very relaxing bedrooms in blue –

 

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4. The Earth tones: Beige and Cream

Whether you’re more of a coffee or tea person, you know how soothing a cup of either or both can be, especially before or after a long hard day at work. Beige and cream-colored walls can work in much the same way.

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What’s more, like some of the options above, they’re great for allowing warmth into a room without making it excessively bright. This can be the case with even lighter shades, such as white or eggshell. Flip the light switch on, and suddenly a room painted these colors can seem far too bright, or even harsh and alien.

By contrast, beige and cream allow for a nice balance – light and warm enough to keep your room nice and bright year-round, but not so light as to risk it becoming too bright. By contrast, beige and cream are nearly always warm and inviting, making them quite relaxing alternatives.

Take a look at these soothing bedrooms with hues of beige and cream on the walls –

 

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You can find even more ideas in this post with 21 white and cream bedroom designs.

5. Cool Greys

Is there anything more soothing than hearing the soft pitter-patter of rain outside whilst sitting cozily in bed, wrapped up in blankets, and enjoying a nice cup of tea? For as violent and disruptive as they can be, there’s still something extremely relaxing about stormy weather (so long as you’re not out in the storm itself) and a cool grey paint job for your bedroom can help evoke that feeling no matter the weather outside.

Grey bedroom

Of course, how soothing this is will, as with an actual rainstorm, depend greatly on the temperament of that wall of greyness. The darker the grey, or the more haphazard the pattern, and the more your interior can start to resemble something moody and stormy – in all the worst, unrelaxing ways. On the other hand, a nice, even, cool grey paint job from one end of the room to the other can, like a light drizzle, feel naturally soothing.

Take a look at these bedrooms with gray walls – don’t they look relaxing?

 

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If you love the grey palette, you’ll want to check out this post with more white and silver bedroom ideas.

Going beyond the color of the walls

As you can see by now, there is a wide range of different colors that can create a relaxing bedroom interior. That said, there are many ways to create a soothing bedroom interior, and much of it comes down to what you yourself find to be soothing.

Your best strategy, therefore, might be to simply think about what you find relaxing and choose a color accordingly.

And then, move beyond the wall color. Think about adding furniture and decor items made of soft natural materials and creating an overall clean and decluttered look. Bring your design together to create a bedroom you can truly enjoy and relax in!

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