Paint colours you should avoid when painting a bedroom in your home


Owning a home means just that, it’s yours and you can paint it and decorate it any way you like, but if you want to make your bedroom a relaxing and inviting place to be, there are some colours that we recommend avoiding. After all, it’s where you go to switch off, and the paint colour you choose can greatly affect how you feel when you’re in there.

Colours to avoid


Red is one of those colours that you either love or hate. It can be quite polarizing and intense which can trigger strong reactions both emotionally and physically. Many subconsciously associate the colour red with blood and danger which can get the heart racing and puts your mind in an elevated state. This is the last thing you want when you’re tired, it can prevent you from getting to sleep leaving you overstimulated and restless. Even if you love the colour red, it offers no calming effects whatsoever, and if you like getting to sleep easily and feeling a sense of calm when going into your room, you should choose another colour other than fire engine red. The good news though, choosing different shades of red such as maroons or burgundy’s can reduce these effects.


Using black paint anywhere in the house is a risky move, it needs to be done properly to work well. If you’re tempted to paint your room black, there are some good reasons why you shouldn’t. Black can make a room feel closed in and small and, it will affect how natural light appears in the room. Even on the sunniest of days, it can make a room feel dark and subdued. The other thing about painting your bedroom black is that it’s extremely unforgiving and if your application isn’t near on perfect and the walls aren’t prepared properly first, it’s going to show in your finish. If you ever decide to repaint the wall another colour, it can be hard to cover the black. You may need to sand it back or apply multiple coats to get adequate coverage. If you have your heart set on painting your bedroom black, just make sure you do your research first to ensure you are completely satisfied with the finished result.

Bright purple

Think Grimace from McDonald’s. Bright purple paint can rarely make a room look good, it often looks tacky and cheap. Intense, purple-coloured walls can cause issues with sleeping as it stimulates the brain, making it harder to fall asleep. Muted purples and soft lavenders, on the other hand, can have quite the opposite effect, they can promote calmness and relaxation which is exactly what you want in a bedroom.

Chocolate brown

Walking into a chocolate brown room is very underwhelming and for some, confusing. It’s not uncommon for people to associate this colour with a number two. If you are painting to sell, this colour only appeals to a select few, and it could potentially devalue your home, especially if it’s in the master bedroom. If you like the idea of using brown paint in the bedroom, opt for beiges and soft browns with grey undertones.


Orange interiors of any kind seldomly look pleasant. Orange brick, terracotta and orange walls are outdated. Bright or fluorescent orange is an energising colour, and it’s often used in food packaging which can make you think you are hungry when you’re not. It also reflects light poorly and can be harsh to look at. If you’ve decided you want an orange room, perhaps consider it for somewhere where you need perking up or don’t mind some vibrancy, such as a home gym or kids play area. Your bedroom should be a sanctuary that makes you feel at ease and distressed. Unfortunately, bright and striking oranges won’t do this.


Painting your room a bright yellow may be reminiscent of the sun, but do you want that intensity in your room 24/7? It can be overwhelming to the senses and cause headaches and anxiety. Vibrant yellow is a happy and cheery colour to wake up to but not so much when you are trying to unwind at the end of a busy day. Yellow paint can be very hard to get right, and it can detract from the overall appeal of your home. It doesn’t mean you have to steer entirely clear of yellow paint altogether; creamy light and pastel yellows can work nicely when used in moderation.

Bright Pink

Pink is a great colour for a little girl’s bedroom or a baby’s nursery, but as an adult, it’s hard to pull off in a master bedroom. It can be challenging to create a sophisticated and mature feel using this colour of paint. The wrong pink can also make a room look tacky and cheap or uninviting at the very least.

Remember there are other ways to add colour to your bedroom such as your bedspread, throws, and rugs. This is a good starting point, it can give you an idea of whether you like how the colour looks and feels in the room before committing to painting the walls that shade. If you’d like some professional advice about what colours will work well in your bedroom and that is suited to your style and taste, contact our highly skilled team of painters and decorators here at MDC Specialists. We offer free colour consultations, and we can help you find the perfect one!

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