Should Bedrooms Be Painted Dark Or Light Colours?

First added 25th June 2021

By Sophia Rimmer

5 min read

One of the most widely thought about questions when decorating is should I go for a dark or light colour scheme? Especially when decorating bedroom spaces. When you think of room ideas, most of us will typically want to play it safe and opt for a white bedroom, or at least natural tones, as white paint has the ability to brighten up space. But, what about dark colours and black bedroom designs? Have you ever explored the idea of a dark bedroom colour scheme?

If you’re torn between both options and need help understanding the advantages and disadvantages of both dark and light bedroom decor, here we explore both options and share bedroom decorating ideas.

Light Bedroom Colour Designs


Light coloured bedroom walls are always a safe choice and can help create a minimalist bedroom design for homeowners who prefer this style. A white bedroom will match all your furniture. So, if you are yet to buy your bedroom furniture, you will not have to worry about it clashing with your walls when you’re shopping. This means one of the great advantages of light colour schemes is that it allows for more design freedom in the rest of your bedroom.

Light colours can also make a small bedroom feel larger as they disguise the edges of walls, making them less noticeable. If your bedroom has an awkward layout, a lighter colour scheme will open up the space helping to maximise the room's natural sunlight. For optimum effect, explore white, off-whites, yellows, blues, and greens.


When you design a room, people always assume light colours will create space and make the room seem larger. However, this is not always the case. Not all bedrooms will look great when painted white. One of the disadvantages of light colour schemes is that in bedrooms that are starved of natural light they can actually make the room seem smaller, making them appear flat. Instead, for dark, dull bedrooms with minimal sunlight, you should add a splash of colour to add depth to the room.

Another negative aspect of light colours is that they can make a home feel mundane and cold. When trying to find the right master bedroom design for you, it is important to find a balance of colour. If you do decide to paint your walls a light colour, look to adding pops of colour and character by experimenting with funky bedroom accessories and furniture. Take a look at our pink bed range if you're feeling adventurous!

Dark Bedroom Colour Schemes


If you want to make a bold statement in your bedroom, you can incorporate a dark colour scheme. Dark colours are becoming more popular within interior design trends. But why? Well, not only can they create a sophisticated modern bedroom aesthetic, but they can also make you sleep better during the night.

Your body needs darkness to help you feel tired and sleepy at night. Therefore, painting your bedroom a deep grey, blue, or even black can help you get a good night’s rest when your bedroom is prone to letting in a lot of natural light or streetlight. This means dark colours are a good option for people who live in a vibrant city.


Don’t go making any drastic decisions choosing your bedroom colour scheme just yet, we still need to consider the disadvantages of dark colours. Before you choose a dark colour, you should think about the size of your room. Dark colours can make a room seem much smaller than it actually is. You should also know that if you live in a warm climate, dark colours can make your bedroom hotter than light colours. The heat could start to negatively impact your sleep, as the extra warmth may make you feel uncomfortable at night.

Dark colours are not to be experimented with if you’re not 100% sure you want a dark master bedroom. This is because they are difficult to paint over with lighter colours. When we say difficult we mean extremely time-consuming as you will need to build multiple layers of light paint on top to avoid the darkness seeping through.

Weigh Up Your Options

At the end of the day, it is completely up to you whichever colour scheme you choose, dark or light. There are multiple advantages and disadvantages of both. Therefore, take some time to weigh your options. A bedroom is a place where you go to relax and rest your head, so consider colours that are going to make you feel happy and calm.

Next, we will look at the psychology of colour to explore common feelings associated with both dark and light colours. This could also help you decide on your new bedroom decor.

The Psychology of Colour

When contemplating your new bedroom colour scheme, you should also ask yourself what mood do you want the room to create? Here we look at different colours and the moods they convey.

  • White: A timeless classic, creates space and feelings of calm.
  • Black: Brings depth to a room and adds an edgy style.
  • Grey: Brings comfort and warmth to a bedroom.
  • Blue: Lowers blood pressure and has calming effects.
  • Green: Relives stress and is a calming colour.
  • Yellow: Communicates happiness.
  • Orange: Promotes activity and can increase enthusiasm.
  • Pink: Boost’s creativity. Pink is the calming colour of love.
  • Red: Used to stimulate love, passion, anger, and power. Red can raise energy levels.
  • Purple: Adds sophisticatation to a bedroom space. Light purple colours are calming.
  • Brown: The colour of traditional comfort. Brown can add warmth to a room.

For further help and advice on decorating your bedroom, read The New Homeowners Guide to Kitting Out a Bedroom. And finally, if you're looking for a bed for your newly decorated bedroom, you can shop our bed range by colour - matching your bed to your bedroom decor has never been so easy.


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