When it comes to sprucing up your home with the latest design trends, the general rule of thumb is that more visible spaces often take first priority: the living room, the kitchen, the patio. But plenty of us throw out that conventional wisdom when it comes to the bedroom, which we often push near the bottom of the revamp list.
It is, after all, the place where we spend at least a third of our lives. It's the place you most need to be a calming retreat from the stresses of the world. And it is, of course, the place where the magic happens.
So when you're selecting a paint palette, you want to be careful which way you go. Do you want something that makes you feel calm and tranquil, and improves those REM cycles? Or something a bit wild that will feel fun and stimulating 24/7?
Making that choice can be overwhelming. So we turned to our design experts to find their favorite paint shades for every kind of sleeper, and every kind of bedroom. As for the season's predominant trends, they're veering toward softer, lighter looks—a nice respite in a particularly jarring era. Behold, eight of the year's trending paint colors for the boudoir:
1. Gorgeous gray
These days, we're seeing more muted spa colors in master and guest bedrooms, report Lucia Palmeri and Lauren Woods, interior decorators at Decorating Den in Bergen County, NJ.
"These shades are soothing neutrals with gray undertones that keep them light and subtle," Woods says.
An easy option that will go with pretty much everything? Benjamin Moore's Smoke Embers (above), suggests Melissa Fenigstein of New Age Interiors in Syosset, NY. It's a tranquil hue that doesn't run the risk of feeling oppressive or overwhelming.
"Wall colors that we’ve been selecting for master bedrooms most recently have been demonstrating people's need to find real sanctuary in their most personal space," she says.
2. Warm taupe
Photo by Houzz Today's brown shades are hardly muddy and dull. In fact, Amber Dias, interior design consultant for Showhomes of Folsom Lake, has been rooting for these colors to push their way to the forefront of home decor.
"For quite a while, gray has been the key neutral around the home, but lately there's been a significant shift in materials and finish colors to warmer neutral expressions," Dias says.
For the bedroom, this means lighter browns that are simple and inviting such as Poised Taupe (above) from Sherwin-Williams.
"I love this color because it's the perfect blend of warmth and sophistication," Dias explains.
3. Soft mushroom
Some whites can be glaring and harsh—which is far from the ideal bedroom look. If you're having trouble picking the right white shade, ask yourself how it makes you feel. Does it make you feel happy? If the answer isn't a solid "yes," Dias tells her clients, it's time to redesign.
For those seeking a quiet (and, generally speaking, happy) shade of white in the bedroom, she recommends Stony Ground (above) by Farrow & Ball.
"It's a delicious mushroom tone that evokes a Zen getaway," she says.
4. Happy yellow
More happiness! If you want your boudoir to feel like it's been kissed by eternal sunshine, you'll love any shade of yellow—whether you use it as an accent or slather every surface with it, says Juan Carlos Daetz, home and garden specialist at Max Warehouse.
From buttery soft hues to brighter yellows, this paint color makes the room where we spend a lot of our time feel clean and fresh, he adds. Daetz suggests Sherwin-Williams' White Raisin (above).
5. Pale blue
It's hard to go wrong with a breezy blue in a master or guest bedroom—dusty or earthy variations of the color are trending big-time in 2017, Daetz says. But you'll want to make sure to keep it subdued.
"For the bedroom, you want the main color to create a soothing vibe that is ideal for sleeping," he says. "Use more daring shades for a pop of color, but not the core shade."
Daetz likes Balmy by Sherwin-Williams (above) for a tone that's "both traditional and contemporary and reminiscent of the ocean and nature."
6. Minty green
Daetz continues the oceanic theme with a variety of light greens for his clients—particularly Kelp and Mino's Eye, both by Valspar—and Antique Jade (above, with an eggshell finish) by Benjamin Moore. Just be careful not to overdo this hue.
"You want bedroom colors that complement each other without looking busy," says Dan Moyer, national director of social media for Closet Factory.
For example, if you're making a strong statement with a saturated color such as emerald green, make sure the rest of your decor is minimal in color, he says.
7. Fabulous fuchsia
The demand for pinks and purples in girls' bedrooms will probably never dwindle, but new and exciting versions are trending for teenagers' rooms, experts say.
Recently, Fenigstein has used Benjamin Moore's Mardi Gras (similar to the shade above). When it comes to accents—pillows, curtains, rugs—these mauve tones mix nicely with light green, pale pinks, and even purple.
8. Bold orange
There's a good chance your kids are less risk-averse than you when it comes to paint colors; after all, they're not the ones repainting those walls when they tire of the hue.
But if you want to satisfy their desire for something different while still satisfying your desire for good decor, Daetz suggests a warm orange such as Benjamin Moore's Sharp Cheddar (above).
Just remember: Some children can be extra-sensitive to a color's impact, Daetz notes, so choose carefully when selecting your shade.
"Orange colors encourage confidence and independence." But avoid red, he warns, as it energizes and excites the mind (read: no sleep—for anyone, period!).