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The best paint colours for bedrooms

Full pink bedroom painted in Lick Pink 03, a bubblegum pink

Want to wake up happy? Consider re-painting; room colour may be the source of your sleep troubles. In fact, 58% of Britons who have blue bedroom walls say they start every day feeling refreshed. According to a study by Travelodge, blue is the colour you should choose if you want to have a good nights sleep. If it’s not quite for you, how about grey bedroom walls? Read on for a more in-depth look at bedroom paint colour.

The psychology behind bedroom colours

Did you know the paint colours of bedroom walls can affect our mood and lead to many restless nights? Apply the principles of colour psychology when you decorate, however, and you’ll create a space for any occasion. We asked our colour consultant, Vanessa, to name the shades that promote healthy sleeping quarters. Along with opting for matt instead of glossy, let’s look at some hues which can evoke certain emotions.

Blue bedroom walls for the best sleep ever

Collected and calm, blue is the colour that will create a soothing bedroom vibe. It’s also a striking shade that works like a neutral and promises a night of restful sleep. Vanessa’s go-to shades include Blue 05, Blue 06 and Blue 07. She also suggests balancing the rest of the room by introducing pale colours for bedding, furniture and the ceiling too.

Bedroom with grey carpeted floor and walls painted in Lick Blue 07

Balance the rest of your room with pale colours for bedding and your ceiling

Blue room painted in Lick Blue 04 and Blue 05 with red headboard

Or go the full mile and immerse your walls, cabinets, ceilings and bedding in the same blue hue to trick your eye and make the room eye larger

Tonal teal

If you love the colour of blue but want to shake things up, teal is very on-trend right now. Teal for your bedroom walls will invigorate the space, it’s bright but it’s not too much. Try a tonal scheme by using different shades of this colour to create a cosy, cocoon-like feel. If you don’t want to commit to an all-over colour, break up Teal 02 with blush pink soft furnishings and accessories.

Bedroom wall painted in Lick Teal 03 with wooden furnishings

Invigorate your space with our Teal 02

Wall showing Teal 02 in varied natural light

Teal 02, just the right levels of bright and trendiness

White bedroom walls for a haven of calm

Far from boring, White 01 or White 02 bedroom paint will act as an all-over base. Because the walls are kept neutral this means you are free to play about with different textures and tones. Natural woods and prints with luscious plant life will inject interest and create a modern look. You can then mix things up depending on the season but this palette will ensure you’ll always have a haven of calm.

A white that's far from boring

White kids bedroom with black and white artwork and big windows

Because the walls are kept neutral it allows you to play about with different textures and tones, as shown by @e_binteriordesign

Mid lilac with a hint of grey

Whilst a darker purple can induce vivid dreams, our Purple 01 is a more blissful shade. A tonal scheme will also work, especially if a room is west facing to create a nook that is both serene and chic. Learn more about why you need to consider the impact of light when decorating.

Kid's bedroom with Lick Purple 01 on radiator with scallop effect and radiator

Purple 01, a blissful shade - perfect for a kids bedroom as shown by @renovatingno53

A colour that's both serene and chic

Muted bubblegum pink

Who said pink was just for the kids? Trust us, Pink 03 is a tried and tested bedroom shade. It’s also a surprisingly versatile colour that promotes energy; you’ll be bouncing out of bed in a morning.

Bubblegum pink bedroom painted in Lick Pink 03

Pink 03 - a tried and tested bedroom shade, as shown by @topologyinteriors

Pink bedroom wall in Lick Pink 03 and pink headboard with floating nightstand

Pink is a colour that promotes energy, making it the perfect bedroom colour

Grey bedroom walls for a boutique hotel-like feel

According to Vanessa, our in-house colour consultant, grey is the best colour for bedroom walls. She recommends mixing a palette of the same colour for a boutique hotel-like feel, transforming your bedroom into a luxurious retreat. Vanessa says, ‘’My favourite colour scheme that I'm in love with at the moment is grey on grey from the ceiling right down to the flooring but it has to be a range of greys to layer it up’.’ She recommends Grey 02, Grey 03 and Grey 06 for a bedroom with attractive appeal.

Wall showing Grey 02 in varied natural light

Opt for Grey 02 for a hotel-like feel

Bedroom painted in Lick Grey 06 with pink bedding and soft furnishings

Layer your greys for an attractive appeal, as shown by @stone_family_home

Looking for amazing bedroom colour ideas? At Lick, we’ve got the mood you want. Discover our range of paints and learn how to prep your walls for paint and how to paint a wall using our easy guides. Stuck on colour? Book a Video colourist session with our colour consultants Tash and Sam.

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