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What bedroom colours work best for Indian homes?

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When it comes to bedrooms, most people look for soothing tones that bring a relaxing ambiance to the area. While modern colours such as grey, white and beige are commonly used as bedroom colours, they can tend to be a bit boring unless there are splashes of brightness introduced through the bed linen or accessories.

While neutral colours such as grey and beige have the advantage of being easy to coordinate with almost any other tone for the accessories or linen, it’s important to balance the shades to transform a bedroom from ordinary to memorable. We present images and ideas for the best bedroom colours and combinations to use.

Bedroom colours – grey

Nowadays, with the modern design style gaining popularity in India, grey is used in many a bedroom and is among the popular master bedroom colour schemes. However, the colour can tend to be boring, especially when a lighter shade is used on the walls. One way to infuse a bit of personality into the dull grey bedroom is by creating a contrast using a darker shade of wood or even a brighter tone in some of the upholstery. Rust works well as it subtly introduces a splash of colour without overpowering the space.

Among the colour schemes for bedrooms, gray-blue is chosen because it brings sophistication, but it can tend to be a bit one-dimensional, especially when the rest of the room is decorated with brown and white to suit the minimalist theme. Placing a couple of bright blue cushions or pillows to match the hint of blue in the grey wall paint can create a well-coordinated and charming space.

For a bedroom that has a lighter gray on the walls, using dark purple on some of the cushions creates a beautiful contrast that livens up the area to make it stunning.

Consult a professional for help in designing the bedroom.

Bedroom colours – shades of beige

Beige is another popular choice among bedroom paint colours. However, since most bedroom furniture uses wood in other shades of brown, the overall effect can be monotonous. Introducing texture or contrast through wall or ceiling panels in a contrasting darker brown helps to bring an interesting feature to the bedroom. Additionally, clever lighting reflects on the panels to create a golden glow that infuses the room with unmatched warmth.

yes to the river Modern style bedroom by SPACCE INTERIORS Modern

yes to the river


Red is another shade that goes well with brown, but one should use it with caution as the vibrant colour can interfere with the relaxing ambiance in the bedroom.  Instead of using solid red, brown and red prints in the linen or upholstery create a more coordinated look to bring ample warmth and cosiness to the bedroom.

Image 9 of Bedroom 1 of completed project 1 Modern style bedroom by Atom Interiors Modern
Atom Interiors

Image 9 of Bedroom 1 of completed project 1

Atom Interiors

Mustard yellow is another colour that works well in a bedroom with beige walls. Using a limited amount of the colour on an upholstered chair or on a headboard will help to create a lovely contrast without disturbing the tranquillity.

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Blue – another option for bedroom colours

MARVEL ENIGMA Modern style bedroom by Spaces Alive Modern
Spaces Alive


Spaces Alive

Light blue is always a popular choice for bedrooms as it is considered one of the relaxing colours for bedroom walls. However, unless it is matched with other shades, it can make the room look cold. Introducing warmer shades of blue such as turquoise or cobalt blue in the blinds and cushions can correct the imbalance to bring warmth to the ambiance.

Adding textural elements through the wall paint, lighting and printed linen can also make a blue bedroom look less one-dimensional. Additionally, one can add contrasting shades of yellow or grey to make it memorable.

When the shade of blue on the bedroom walls is almost white, using turquoise, which is a colour reminiscent of the sea and sand, helps to uplift the mood in the bedroom to add warmth to the ambiance.

Bedroom colours—green

Residence Interiors Asian style bedroom by Spaces Alive Asian
Spaces Alive

Residence Interiors

Spaces Alive

Light green can bring a natural and tranquil ambiance to the bedroom. By contrasting it with darker shades of green on elements such as the headboard, curtains or bedside furniture the room gets a boost of cheerfulness.

When a darker tone of green is chosen as the bedroom wall colour, then one should take care to introduce the right shade in the accents so that the colours don’t clash to take away from the tranquillity. Usually, wood is a great option for contrasting green as this combination is seen in nature. For a more sophisticated look, a darker shade of brown can be used on the furniture, linen and curtains.

Jayesh bhai interiors Modern style bedroom by Vipul Patel Architects Modern
Vipul Patel Architects

Jayesh bhai interiors

Vipul Patel Architects

While green is among the best colours for bedrooms, a bright shade of it can introduce too much energy into the area, disturbing the soothing feel. In such cases, it’s advisable to tone down the energy by contrasting with shades such as white or brown that balance the colour palette of the bedroom.

Can bold tones be used as bedroom colours?

According to the ancient Indian architectural system, Vastu Shastra, using bright colours in the bedroom is best avoided as it will interfere with the relaxing mood by creating too much energy in the area. While there is nothing wrong with employing a bright shade such as orange to create a feature wall in the bedroom, it’s best to tone down its vibrancy by contrasting with subtle colours such as white, beige, cream or grey. After all, nothing should disturb one’s sleep, and a bedroom with too much energy will do just that.

Get more tips on Vastu colours for bedrooms.

Additionally, when using a bright shade such as yellow, purple or red, it’s best to paint it on the wall behind the headboard so that one doesn’t look at it before sleeping. It will ensure that the mind is not energised before bedtime so that one can benefit from a good night’s sleep.

Residence Eclectic style bedroom by homify Eclectic



For those who love bright colours, the best way to infuse a room with personality is to introduce the shade in smaller portions such as a part of a scenic wallpaper or a mural where it won’t overpower the room with too much energy.

Children’s bedrooms are the exception for bright and bold colours. As these rooms are meant to be cheerful, using a combination of bright shades such as pink, yellow, blue and red as bedroom paint colours are perfectly all right. However, the room should not be visually cluttered with too many elements. Ideally, it’s best to restrict a colourful mural to one of the bedroom walls.

How to decide on the right bedroom colours and combinations

Mantri Webcity, Duplex 3 BHK - Mr. Vishal Modern style bedroom by DECOR DREAMS Modern

Mantri Webcity, Duplex 3 BHK—Mr. Vishal


Of course, one should always choose colours that one prefers, but it’s just as important to consider the function of the bedroom. Since it’s meant to be a place for rest and rejuvenation, the colour palette should be soothing to enhance the tranquillity in the ambiance. While light colours are a safe bet, they need to be infused with the right contrasting colours to create a well-coordinated bedroom.

To assist with this, we recommend consulting a professional who can help with making the right decisions to create a stunning bedroom. From helping to design the layout of the bedroom to make it look spacious to choosing the design style to match the rest of the house and the colours that will bring the right balance to the energy in the space, working with an interior designer or decorator can assure the desired result.

Bedroom colours for a coordinated look

Daughter's Bedroom Modern style bedroom by De Panache Modern
De Panache

Daughter's Bedroom

De Panache

Colours play a significant role in setting the ambience in a bedroom. Choosing bedroom paint colors in soft, neutral shades and coordinating it with linen and accessories in the same tones help to create a tranquil setting. On the other hand, bright and bold colours add a vibrant look, which might be suitable for a kid’s bedroom, but not for a couple’s bedroom where relaxation is of the essence.

Contrast wall colour design: A trick for a stunning visual

Contrast colours can completely transform the look of a standard bedroom without making the bedroom interior look too busy. The right combination of colours is necessary, and you will do well to seek the help of professionals before you add a contrast tone to the bedroom. They can also help you to choose the best color for bedroom walls.

Which of these bedroom colours will you use in your home? Leave us a comment.
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