These 9 Serene Bedroom Color Palettes Feel Simultaneously Calm & Chic

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WORDS BY Kelsey Clark

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Published on August 22, 2022

You may take the occasional nap in your living room, practice self-care in your main bathroom, or even unwind after work in your sunroom with a glass of wine. But of all the rooms in a standard home, the bedroom is where relaxation is paramount.

While we love a bold accent wall or eye-catching pop of color, we’d argue that all of your design choices, from the bedding to the color palette, should work towards the end goal of rest and rejuvenation. Save the stimulating patterns and awe-inspiring wall art for your home office or living space.

When curating a soothing space, color palette is a logical place to start. We’ll spare you the lecture on color psychology, but your chosen scheme in any given room will set the atmospheric tone. Ahead, Havenly designer Kelsey Fischer shares the soothing bedroom color palette ideas she has bookmarked for design projects:

1. High-Contrast Neutrals

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Doze off in a sea of calming neutrals like taupe, beige, and gray, with a hint of bold black for good measure. While the overall palette leans serene and neutral, the high-contrast black adds just enough drama.

2. Coastal Blues & Grays

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Soft blues and wispy grays could be considered the quintessential calming color palette (not to mention a Coastal Grandmother favorite). For a truly serene bedroom that is basically a design lullaby when you walk through the door, opt for soft gray, warm cream, and barely-there blues.

3. Boho Natural

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Earth tones take inspiration from — you guessed it — mother nature, and will therefore always lean relaxing. From soothing stone gray and warm white to soft ochre and a hint of blue, this bedroom color palette is just as timeless as it is relaxing.

4. Warm Neutrals

Bedroom color palette

Not only is this timeless color palette incredibly soothing, it’s completely on-trend (ICYMI: warm neutrals are the new gray). If you love the organic modern look, opt for layers of ivory, beige, taupe, mushroom, and a hint of rich brown (preferably from a vintage rug). Does it get any cozier?!

5. Moody Organic

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Thanks to the neutral earth tones and the hints of moody blue and black, this palette is perfectly balanced, sophisticated, and a touch bold. It’s design-forward and visually arresting, while still offering an air of calm.

6. Calming Pastels

Bedroom color palette

There’s something soothing about baby-soft pastels — there’s a reason they’re commonly used in nurseries. This palette of barely-there blues, warm blush, and soft ivory will have you counting sheep in no time. 

7. Periwinkle Pop

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The smell of fresh lavender is known to relax the nervous system, and we’d argue that the same can be said for lavender decor. While this palette leans a touch glam with black and brass finishes, the layered beige and ivory bedding, plus a soft periwinkle pop, feels perfectly calming.

8. Country Blues

Bedroom color paletteNothing says serene quite like layers of calming blue, from rich navy to subtle gray-blue. Paired with the rich brick and warm wood flooring, the effect is tranquil and a touch country-inspired (down to the fresh wildflowers). 

9. Dark & Moody

Bedroom color palette

One could argue that a dark, moody color palette is just as relaxing as a soft one, especially in a bedroom. Wall-to-wall shades of deep navy, denim blue, and soft slate gray create an all-encompassing mood that’s absolutely perfect for an afternoon nap.

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Words by Kelsey Clark