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Finding Paint Colors for Your Guest Bedroom

You’ve probably heard me say over and over again with my DIY home decor projects and decorating tips that paint is the best and least expensive way to makeover a room.  Well, we have one room left in the house to paint, the guest bedroom.

E and I have gone back and forth as to what color to paint this room.  The main color of our house is a darker gray.  Each room in our house is a different color.  The second floor is divided by color with one side a very pale gray and the rooms on the other side of the floor very bold colors.

A couple of weeks ago, I talked about the makeover plans for the guest bathroom.  I decided to wait to decorate because I wanted the color scheme of the guest bedroom to tie in with the bathroom.  Below are images of what I am working with and as you can see, the rooms are next to each other.  There isn’t a closet separating my office and the guest bathroom.  I was a little hesitant with how the gold and purple would look right next to one another, but I love it! 

Wall color in my office

Our original thought was to paint the room the light gray of our bedroom, to me, it would throw things off balance.  What does that mean?  My office is a bright gold and the bathroom is a bright purple.  If we painted the guest bedroom a light gray, from left to right, it would be a bold color, bold color, light color.  

View of guest bathroom from hallway

I’ve decided it will be one of the following colors; the gold from my office, the purple from the guest bathroom, or the lighter shade of orange-based on what is in my office.  I know…those are three very different colors and will give me a different look, but I’m going to be a little daring with this room!  If it doesn’t work out it’s only paint so… I can paint over it.

One of the important things when it comes to painting a room is how it will look.  No brainer, right?  The problem is that paint looks different online, on a swatch, in the bucket, and on your wall.  That’s why it’s so important to get swatches and paint them on your wall so you can make a final decision.


Tips for Finding Paint Colors For Your Bedroom

When searching for colors for your bedroom, here are a few things to consider:

  1. You spend a lot of time in your bedroom.  Find a color you truly love.
  2. You don’t have to rush to find a color.  Painting is quite the task and not something you want to have to change often.
  3. Choose a color that when you open your eyes, makes you happy and provides a feeling of ease and peace.
    Choose a color that will help you relax.  You don’t want to have a bedroom color that makes you feel wired and amped up.  

Even though I’ve used these colors in the house before, the cans are empty so off to Home Depot  I go to get some samples.  Wish me luck and I’ll keep you updated on how it goes!

See ya later!

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58 Comments… add one
  • natasha walsh 05/16/2017, 11:08 AM

    great tips, im moving into my new home in few weeks and will need to paint all rooms unfortunately πŸ™ if i start thinking about it now hopefully be the right choice and not to be a rushed decision like you said.

    • Lynn 05/17/2017, 9:41 AM

      Oh Natasha, congratulations on the house! We painted every room in our house. By the time we got to the 5th room, we were said, “What were we thinking?” lol. In the end, we’re so happy we did. It’s such an accomplishment and left more room in our budget to spend on the decor. Good luck and please share. I’d love to see pics! πŸ™‚

  • Sarah 05/16/2017, 11:58 AM

    They say painting adds so much value to your home, but I also think it’s such a hard choice! I have such a hard time picking out the right colors. Thanks for the post.

    • Lynn 05/17/2017, 9:39 AM

      Yes, it is a difficult decision. I’m so glad it’s easy to change though! πŸ™‚

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom 05/16/2017, 12:49 PM

    I can’t wait to hear what color you decide to paint it. Our bedroom is a light gray and I’ve been wanting to do a purple accent wall, but I can’t decide if I want to do that yet. Our master bathroom is a light yellow and I have accents of light gray and deep purples in it. It is so hard to decide when the rooms kind of open up to each other!


    • Lynn 05/17/2017, 9:38 AM

      It’s such a hard decision, Carrie! You’re right-with the rooms right next to each other, it makes the decision even more difficult.

  • Melissa 05/16/2017, 10:37 PM

    Lovely and I painted my room almost that same shade of plum! I’m looking at it now!

    • Lynn 05/17/2017, 9:37 AM

      Oh fun, Melissa! Don’t you just love it? It makes me happy every time I walk into it.

  • Denay 05/19/2017, 10:53 AM

    I love your color choices for the guest room! Last year we painted and redecorated our guest room. The walls were previously a sweet sage green. Although I usually go for a splash of color, this time around we decided on a bright and beautiful pearl-white paint. It provided the perfect background canvas for infusing other touches of color from bedding, furnishings and decor.

    • Lynn 05/21/2017, 10:01 PM

      Thanks, Denay. Your guest room color sounds great!

  • Karin Rambo 05/19/2017, 10:59 AM

    We just moved and the master bedroom is a dark forest green which is not my style at all! I can’t decide between a nice creamy white or a light gray, but I am SO excited to get that green out of there haha!

    • Lynn 05/21/2017, 10:01 PM

      I so understand, Karin! Our upstairs bathroom when we moved in was a terrible seafoam green. I could wait to paint over that color! Light gray is calm and relaxing. That’s the color I painted out master bedroom. Good luck in choosing!

  • nondumiso morais 05/19/2017, 11:00 AM

    Hi Lynn, I have been reading your blog and I love all your DIY projects. We are currently in a rental, and I would love to give it it some color and personality. That purple bathroom gives me life.

    • Lynn 05/21/2017, 9:56 PM

      Thanks so much for reading, Nondumiso!

  • Jennifer 05/19/2017, 11:01 AM

    These are great tips and I love that purple! I wish I would have read this before we painted the bedroom a color I thought “should” go in a bedroom instead of one that I actually loved.

    • Lynn 05/21/2017, 9:55 PM

      Thanks, Jennifer. Will you go back to paint the bedroom the color you loved?

  • theconfusedsoulsree 05/19/2017, 11:10 AM

    Loved the yellow room, so bright and cheerful πŸ™‚

    • Lynn 05/21/2017, 9:54 PM


  • Jenn 05/19/2017, 11:11 AM

    I am not into bold or bright colors. I am a white or soft colored gal. But I love light aquas or teals or creams…Can you tell how into “boring” colors I am

    • Lynn 05/21/2017, 9:54 PM

      Not boring, Jenn. I painted the laundry room white. I think soft colors are good also. πŸ™‚

  • Quinn Caudill 05/19/2017, 11:13 AM

    Very informative! Thanks for sharing!

    • Lynn 05/21/2017, 9:54 PM

      Thanks for reading, Quinn!

  • Sarah Althouse 05/19/2017, 11:30 AM

    Drives my husband nuts but I like every room in our house to be white. haha!

    • Lynn 05/21/2017, 9:53 PM

      Hahaha, Sarah. I like white rooms too. I painted the laundry room white.

  • Dylan 05/19/2017, 1:18 PM

    I NEED to paint my bedroom but I have been putting it off because I had no idea what to do with it. These tips are actually super helpful and I’m definitely going to make sure I choose a color I love and that makes me feel good when I do paint

    • Lynn 05/21/2017, 9:53 PM

      I’m glad they were helpful, Dylan. Thanks for reading.

  • Samantha 05/19/2017, 3:36 PM

    These tips have me rethinking our bedroom! The previous owners painted it this weird dirty robin’s egg color, and I’ve been wanting to paint it for years. I had a beige color picked out, but now I’m thinking I might wait a little longer and find something more soothing. Thank you! πŸ™‚

    • Lynn 05/21/2017, 9:52 PM

      You’re welcome, Samantha. Let me know what you decide! πŸ™‚

  • Amanda | Maple Alps 05/19/2017, 3:41 PM

    Fantastic tips! I love looking at all of the colors, but actually getting down to choosing them is SO HARD for me!

    • Lynn 05/21/2017, 9:51 PM

      Thanks, Amanda!

  • Alicia 05/19/2017, 4:22 PM

    I have a friend who painted her bedroom a bright yellow because she wanted to be happy every day when she woke up!

    • Lynn 05/21/2017, 9:51 PM

      I love that!

  • Sara 05/19/2017, 6:26 PM

    Great advice! Painting a color on the wall and watching it throughout the day as the light changes is so important. I like the tip about not rushing it and waiting to find a color you love. #HomeMattersParty

    • Lynn 05/21/2017, 9:51 PM

      Thanks, Sara.

  • Hey Sharonoox 05/20/2017, 5:12 PM

    These are fun colors for guest room! Good luck at Home depot.

    • Lynn 05/21/2017, 9:51 PM

      Thank you!

  • Sahana 05/21/2017, 9:13 AM

    Great tips on choosing the paint colors. #HomeMattersParty

    • Lynn 05/21/2017, 9:50 PM

      Thanks, Sahana!

  • Emma 05/21/2017, 1:43 PM

    Great advice! I love using color boldly!

    • Lynn 05/21/2017, 9:50 PM

      Thanks, Emma!

  • Nicole 05/21/2017, 6:58 PM

    It is so hard to pick colors sometimes. I like your tip about not rushing. sometimes I’d paint the walls in several sample patches and see what color grew on me the most. #HomeMattersParty

    • Lynn 05/21/2017, 9:50 PM

      That’s a great idea, Nicole! I do that as well. πŸ™‚

  • Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen 05/21/2017, 7:55 PM

    These are great tips! Love the purple. It adds a great color against the gray. πŸ™‚

    • Lynn 05/21/2017, 9:49 PM

      Thanks, Kimberly!

  • Debbie Nicholas 05/22/2017, 12:09 PM

    Great tips. We rent so paint has been one of our major tools to put our own mark on the house.

  • Bailie 05/22/2017, 12:11 PM

    I’ve been thinking about painting my guest room! This had some great tips and I loved the color choices. It’s definitely hard to find the perfect colors!

  • Ashley 05/22/2017, 12:16 PM

    I love that grey color. This is amazing advice! I don’t have a house now, but when I do, I will keep everything you said in mind!

    Much love,
    Ashley | dearash.com

  • Christie Moeller 05/22/2017, 12:22 PM

    Great color choices lady! And I totally agree your bedroom color should start your day off happy and positive!

    xoxo Christie

  • Indranil Chowdhury 05/23/2017, 8:56 AM

    These are some great tips. love the choice of colours.

  • Donna @ Modern on Monticello 05/23/2017, 4:33 PM

    Good luck on your choice. Can’t wait to see it all together. #HomeMattersParty

    • Lynn 05/24/2017, 2:55 PM

      Thanks, Donna!

  • Emily 05/28/2017, 11:17 AM

    I have to help clients pick colors all the time! It can be such a tough decision. Thanks for sharing this, #HomeMattersParty

  • Lorelai 06/14/2017, 6:03 PM

    Great color update! Looks like a relaxing oasis.

    Life with Lorelai

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