Home Suite Home: Top Paint Color Stories for Your Master Bedroom and Bathroom

Posted on May 8, 2019

  •  Your master suite should be a space that you can own as your personal retreat.
  •  A professional interior painting project of your master bedroom and bathroom can accomplish that, while also helping to unify the spaces together for a seamless transition room-to-room.
  •  Learn from the pros about what master bedroom colors are best for promoting healthy sleep and relaxation in your master suite, as well as some style tips to add the perfect finishing touches!

At first you may think the pressure is off when it comes to selecting the color palette for your home’s master bedroom and bathroom interior painting project. For the most part, it’s not a part of your home that houseguests spend a whole lot of time in unless they’re getting an official tour, so what’s the big deal, right? You’re forgetting about the most important audience––you! You deserve a space that is your quiet and beautiful retreat.

Your master suite may not be a place in your home that has a lot of traffic, but you deserve to have a relaxing sanctuary that feels personal and comfortable to you. Master suites are typically larger than other areas of your room and can include any joining room to the master bedroom such as a combination of a sleeping area, dressing or sitting section, workspace and full bathroom.

All of those areas have their own functions, but the master suite’s interior painting palette should be planned as a whole. Take a step back and consider the whole space. Not everything needs to be matchy matchy, but the paint colors between your master bedroom space and bathroom should work together in tandem to accomplish your design goals.

It comes down to selecting the right interior paint colors that play well off of each other to design a space that fits the mood for what you’d like your master suite to be. This area of your home can be transformed into the ultimate master suite with the help of the CertaPro Painters® team of professionals, who can not only help you with color consultation, but can also skillfully apply your dream paint colors.

Keep reading to pick up some pointers from the professionals about how to think through your interior painting project.

One Space With Many Functions

Think of your master suite as one large space with many functions, and think of your interior paint project as the thing that’s going to pull it all together into a cohesive look. Most people would agree that they want their master suite to feel relaxing. When you come home after a seemingly never-ending work day, your master suite is where you go to wind down. It should feel like a space where you can retire from the day’s stress and reset.

That being said, if you really want bold red walls, go for it! It’s your most personal space and should evoke whatever emotion you want. There is some color psychology we’ll get into a little later for best colors for ultimate sleep health.

An analogous color scheme is perfect for unifying a master bedroom and master bathroom. Analogous colors are ones that fall next to each other on the color wheel. These side-by-side hues are perfect for creating a harmonious, supporting colors, and comfortable design. In fact, analogous color schemes are commonly found in nature, which is fitting for a space you want to be serene. Think of the color sets blue, blue-green, and green together, or green, light green and yellow––they work effortlessly alongside one another.

“Stay away from colors that are opposite of one another on the color wheel like red and green or blue and orange,”says Paul Limburg, owner of CertaPro Painters® of Salt Lake City, UT.. “These opposites can divert from the goal of connecting your bedroom and bathroom through color.”

We love Sherwin-Williams’ Tradewind (SW 6218), Sleepy Blue (SW 6225) and Restful (SW 6458) for a master bedroom and bathroom paint idea. You shouldn’t pick a color by its name, but aren’t those last two just screaming to be added to your master suite’s walls?

Blue on Blue

Did you know the colors you choose for your bedroom can impact how you feel? (Hop on over to 5 Reasons You Should be Painting for the Mood You Want after reading this to learn more about color psychology.)

Color theory in its simplest form can be broken into two main buckets to describe colors: warm and cool. Warm colors like reds, yellows and oranges can evoke feelings of warmth and passion. Cool colors like blues, greens and purples tend to be more calming with connections to the outdoors.

We recommend pulling your color palette from cool colors for the interior painting project of your master suite. Blue is an incredibly popular cool color for a master suite that can be brought into both your bedroom and bathroom through different hues. The color blue has a tranquil and calming impact, whether you’re using a light, airy sky blue or a darker more dramatic nautical blue. Not only is blue soothing, but it also visually opens up a space, so it’s a wise choice if your master suite is on the smaller side. If you’re unsure of where to start for your master suite, we recommend turning to blue swatches to get some inspiration.

“A darker blue like Navel from Sherwin Williams [SW 6244] could be a great option for the bedroom portion of the master suite with a lighter shade of the same hue for the bathroom, like Icicle [SW 6238],” says Paul Limburg, owner of CertaPro Painters® of Salt Lake City, UT. “Using two different shades of the same hue will keep everything cohesive between rooms with enough contrast to create two separate zones.”

The Power of Neutrals

Neutrals are another great place to start when selecting color schemes for master bedrooms and baths. Working with neutrals allows the textures of your bedroom and bath to come through––the sunlight shining through the windows, the fresh linens and comfy bed pillows, the natural wood surfaces of the floors or furnishings.

These textures can easily disappear into the background when a bright wall greets you as soon as you enter a room. But when paired with a neutral wall, these decorative elements and textural additions get the attention they deserve.

If you have some special architectural elements already in your space, like wooden ceiling beams, beautiful hardwood flooring or rustic farmhouse furniture, a neutral white or taupe is a smart choice to celebrate those unique elements.

Don’t forget about gray when considering neutrals. Gray is also one of the most popular bedroom colors, so it’s a no brainer using it in your master suite. Greige––a mix of gray and beige––is a trendy color right now that complements all kinds of decor styles and colors. Pulling from the gray family for your bedroom or bath can create a sophisticated serenity that we absolutely love for a master suite. Look to Benjamin Moore Horizon (0C-53), a pale gray, or a darker Chelsea Gray (HC-168) for inspiration. Gray in your master bedroom and bathroom builds so well on existing white color stories that may be happening with your tub, countertops, or linens.

Invert Your Colors

A clever way to merge your master bedroom and bathroom together through color is by inverting your color scheme. For example, if your master bedroom walls are blue and you have white linens and furniture, try a fresh neutral white for your bathrooms walls with touches of blue for your towels, shower curtains and counter accessories. You’re essentially taking the accent color of one room and flip-flopping it to become the primary color in the adjoining room. That way, your bedroom and bathroom each maintain their own look and feel, but their color story helps unite them in more than just proximity. This technique also gives you an excuse to pick out some fresh decor and accessories!

Keep the Same Style

This one may be a bit obvious, but it’s worth noting that your master bedroom and bathroom will feel better connected if the same decorating style is applied to each room. If you have a mid-century modern bedroom that’s right out of the ’50s with uncluttered and sleek furnishings, carry that style through to the bathroom with pendant lights over your bathroom sink, a modern cabinet or simple hardware. If your  bedroom is more farmhouse or shabby chic, a tall and slender dresser in the bathroom can share those same distressed features. The color palettes and design styles should be consistent to maintain that connection and continuity.

Let the team at CertaPro Painters® help your bedroom space move continuously into your bathroom space with the perfect color story. Get in touch with today at 1-800-689-7271 or schedule online to get a free estimate.


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