Nothing spruces up your bedroom like a fresh coat of paint… but with an overwhelming amount of shades and selections, the selection process can be daunting. We polled the experts for their advice on how to maximize your space when it comes to selecting the perfect paint color for your bedroom.
Benjamin Moore First Light 2101-70
“A great way to address the challenge of a small room is to consider that lighter colours recede and darker colours advance,” offers Patrick O’Donnell, the International Brand Ambassador at Farrow & Ball “A white or blue such as Pavilion Blue would be a lovely option for a smaller east facing bedroom while a soft warmish white such as Dimity with its little hint of pink would have a subtle glow in a smaller south or west facing room,” says O’Donnell.
Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117
“Lighter colored ceilings can also visually heighten walls while creating a subtle contrast that brings depth and dimension,” says Hannah Yeo, Color Marketing & Development Manager at Benjamin Moore who echoes that lighter colors help make spaces look larger. “Bedroom colors, even more so than other spaces, are a very personal choice,” Yeo says. “Some popular choices on the lighter end of the spectrum include Simply White OC-117, Soft Chamois OC-13, Constellation AF-540, Wickham Gray HC-171 and First Light 2101-70.”
Benjamin Moore Soft Chamois OC-13
“In general, when painting a bedroom to appear larger and more open, I like to paint the base and crown molding the same color as the walls to ensure that there are no visual breaks along the perimeter of the room,” says Cara Fox, Owner and Lead Designer of The Fox Group, a Salt Lake City-based residential design and construction firm. “My favorite paint color for bedrooms is Benjamin Moore’s French Canvas,” says Fox. “This ivory color creates an open space, adds warmth, and goes with everything.”
Benjamin Moore Constellation AF-540
“Our favorite colors for bedrooms are white or light gray,” offers Mary Maydan, Founder and Principal of Palo Alto-based Maydan Architects. “Light colors, in general, make the space feel bigger,” Maydan says. “While we sometimes add a darker accent wall, we always keep the rest of the walls bright and always opt for neutral color that would go well with any rug, bedding and accessories.”
Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray HC-171
Looking for something with a bit more color? Consider watery-grey blues (like Behr’s Riverdale N410-3 or Watery HDC-CT-26) or a tinge of skin-flattering pink (Behr’s Rose Water S170-2) for a bright and beautiful way to start the day!