Looking for the perfect bedroom paint color? Here are the best purple bedroom paint colors and factors to consider when picking a color for your bedroom walls!
Whether you have just moved into a new home or are slowly working to update a house you have lived in for a while, I almost always recommend starting with the bedroom.
Bedrooms are often easier to decorate than living rooms – which tend to be open and connected to more spaces and lead to an if-you-give-a-mouse-a-cookie situation.
But, you spend so many hours a day in your bedroom. It’s so important to have an ambiance that you love and that boosts your mood!
Purple paint might be unconventional, but it is actually a popular choice for bedrooms. Purple can be super versatile and is a great way to bring color into this important room of your house.
Let’s dive in and talk all about purple paint colors for your bedroom!
Understanding Purple Paint Colors
Purple is a balance of the calming effects of blue and the passionate energy of red. This balance makes it a versatile color that can both stimulate creativity and provide a sense of calm and luxury.
Purple is generally a bold, luxe color and is associated with creativity, luxury, and relaxation.
Shades of purple can range in undertone from warm red-based purple to cooler blue-based purple.
Balancing the intensity of purple shades is crucial to achieve a soothing and calming effect in your space.
If you are worried about purple being too intense for your space, consider doing the following things to help to tone it down.
Choose Soft and Muted Shades
Opt for softer shades like lavender, lilac, and mauve. These muted tones have a gentle and calming presence, creating a serene atmosphere in any room.
Combine with Neutral Colors
Balance intense purple shades with neutral colors such as white, gray, or beige. Neutral tones provide a calming backdrop and prevent the space from feeling overwhelming.
Use Accents and Accessories
Incorporate purple through accessories like throw pillows, curtains, or artwork. These accents add pops of color without dominating the entire room.
Choose warm white or soft yellow lighting instead of harsh white light. Soft lighting helps to soften the intensity of bold colors and creates a cozy ambiance, making the room feel more inviting and relaxing.
Limit the Amount of Intense Purple
If you prefer a bold purple, consider painting only one wall in the room. This creates a focal point without overwhelming the entire space. The other walls can be in neutral tones.
Factors to Consider When Choosing Purple Paint Colors
No matter what color you want to paint your room, you need to consider the lighting, size of the space, and existing decor and furnishings before committing to a specific color.
Natural light really influences how purple hues are perceived within a bedroom. Rooms with lots of natural light enhance feel lighter and brighter overall, and the wall color tends to be more washed out. A bright room can handle a darker wall color.
In rooms with less light, darker colors look darker and medium-toned colors can look darker, too.
It’s very important to swatch colors on your wall to be sure they look good – day and night – in your actual space before committing.
Room size really impacts how a color looks on the walls!
Lighter Purples for Small Bedrooms
In smaller bedrooms, lighter purples, such as pastel lavender or muted mauve, can work wonders. These shades reflect light, making the room feel more spacious and less cramped.
Lighter purples create an illusion of openness, making small bedrooms appear larger than they actually are.
Pair these shades with white or light-colored furniture to amplify the effect, creating an airy and inviting atmosphere.
Deeper Purples for Larger Bedrooms
For larger bedrooms, you have the luxury of experimenting with deeper purples like royal purple or eggplant. These rich hues add a sense of opulence and intimacy to the space.
Deep purples create a cozy atmosphere, making larger bedrooms feel more intimate and comfortable.
Balance these deep purples with bright lighting and strategically placed mirrors to prevent the room from feeling overly cave-like.
When working with purple tones, it’s essential to harmonize them with existing decor and furnishings.
Complementary colors like soft yellows, muted greens, or even shades of gray can complement purple beautifully.
For instance, pairing soft yellow accents with lavender walls can create a delightful and refreshing ambiance.
Bring in these complementary colors through throw pillows, curtains, or artwork to strike a perfect balance in the room.
Materials and Textures
Consider materials and textures that add depth and contrast to the purple tones. For instance, light-colored wooden furniture can provide a natural, earthy contrast against deep purples, balancing the overall look.
Incorporate textures like woven rugs, plush carpets, or velvety upholstery to add interest.
These textures not only complement the color scheme but also create a visually appealing and comfortable environment.
The Best Purple Paint Colors for Bedrooms
Here is a curated list of all of the best purple paint colors to use in your bedroom design, broken down by shade!
Light Purple Paint Colors
Prefer a lighter shade? Here are the best light purple colors to use in your bedroom!
Charming Pink (SW 6309) – Sherwin Williams
This shade is a mix of pink and purple, without as much blue as some of the other shades. It’s a great choice for a light pink that still has a good amount of color to it!
French Lilac (1403) – Benjamin Moore
If you want a light, bright lilac – this is a great option. This is super purple, with slight gray undertones to keep it from being too neon.
Wet Concrete (2114-40) – Benjamin Moore
This shade has a a good amount of brown and gray to it. It’s very muted and slightly muddy – but can be great if you want a purple paint color that feels neutral in certain lighting.
Sandlot Gray (2107-50) – Benjamin Moore
This purple-beige shade also feels neutral, with heavy lilac undertones. It’s a nice mauve-y pink without being overwhelming with the color.
Mauve Desert (2113-50) – Benjamin Moore
This is a really, really pretty shade of purple paint. It has a lot of gray and a bit of pink to it, and can act like a chameleon in different lightings.
Spangle (SW-6834) – Sherwin Williams
This shade is a more traditional lilac and can feel a touch baby-nursery – but it might be perfect if you want a light, bright, purple wall.
Easter Ribbon (1381) – Benjamin Moore
This is another lilac, with a bit more pigment and color depth to it. It’s a great light to mid-toned bright purple!
Dark Purple Paint Colors
Looking for a dark and moody paint color? Here are the best dark purple paint colors for bedrooms!
Black Swan (SW 6279) – Sherwin Williams
This shade is super dramatic. It’s almost a black paint color, with deep plum undertones.
Brinjal (222) – Farrow and Ball
This is another dark paint color – though not quite as dark. It has a good amount of red to it, giving it a really luxe, velvety aesthetic.
Bottle of Bordeaux (1357) – Benjamin Moore
This is a grape-inspired shade of mid to dark purple with lots of red undertones.
Passion Plum (2073-30) – Benjamin Moore
This shade of plum has a bit more blue to it than red and can feel cool toned in certain lighting.
Kalamata (AF 630) – Benjamin Moore
This is a great muted mid toned purple with lots of gray and a touch of brown to it.
Amazon Soil (2115-30) – Benjamin Moore
This shade is a bit like a brown with purple undertones, making it a good option if you want purple walls that don’t feel quite too purple!
Blackberry (7577) – Sherwin Williams
This is a deep, rich, velvety shade of plum that is just gorgeous on walls in a larger sized bedroom.
Smoked Oyster (2109-40) – Benjamin Moore
This shade is more of a mauve, with heavy gray and brown undertones. A great option for a muted purple that won’t overwhelm your space!
Before you go:
Once you pick the perfect purple paint color, you aren’t done! You still need to pick a paint finish. Check out our complete guide to paint sheens so that there’s no guesswork at the paint desk!
Still not sure what paint color to choose?
My Paint Color Formula ebook walks you through the painless process of expertly testing paint swatches to ensure you have the perfect color for your home.
The best way to sample paint? Samplize!
Thanks for reading!
Morgan is passionate about home decor and paint colors. She has been sharing DIY home decor tips since 2012 at CharlestonCrafted.com. From there, she learned to love paint colors, and the Paint Color Project was born in 2022!