By Kate De Palma
The master bedroom is your getaway, your sanctuary, your retreat. You want it to be everything you ever dreamed of, so having to choose the perfect paint color can be a daunting task. When you think about what color to paint your master bedroom and bathroom, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration like which colors are soothing.
In case that’s not enough, there’s also color flow to think about – the idea that color schemes should flow together, especially when it comes to adjoining rooms. So, when trying to decide on master bedroom paint colors, if you have an ensuite, you’ll need to be thinking about master bathroom paint colors as well.
By selecting colors that coordinate with or balance each other out, you’ll be able to create a master bedroom/bathroom combo that flows together visually. Throw in a bath bomb or two and that’s truly the perfect getaway, if you ask me. Ready to be inspired? Here are 3 bedroom and bathroom color combinations that’ll tie your master retreat together for a unified, well-balanced look.
1. Blue on Blue
Shades of blue are especially popular colors for master bedrooms and bathrooms because of the soothing, calming element they bring with them. Besides that, there are just so many hue options that all seem to look good. Because of where blue is on the color wheel, you have the choice of blues with more green in them (like teal) or blues with more purple in them (like indigo).
Lean towards shades of blue-green for a softer look, and layer up different shades for your master bedroom and bath paint colors for a beautiful tone-on-tone approach, or try colors that go with teal. Opting for a lighter shade for the walls with a darker-tone secondary or accent color will be a lovely way to tie both rooms together. Furniture in creams or light wood tones will help keep the room airy and focused on the blues. Just watch out for too much pastel blue that, while pretty on paper, may end up coming across as cold. If necessary, balance out too-cool blues with warmer hues like redder blues and orange-based browns.
2. Shades of Gray
Though it may sound boring, gray has a lot to offer the interior design of any room. While it can easily work as a neutral to set off accent colors like purple and yellow, it also can work in varying shades by itself. The key is to finding the right grays with the particular kind of undertones that work together and with your space. As you may be aware, similar to whites, grays come in a variety of hues that depend on what kind of an undertone it has. Red or brown undertones create warmer shades while blue and green undertones lead to cooler grays.
For a sophisticated look in your master bedroom and a contemporary bathroom design in the ensuite, you can layer grays in the same way as blues, with varying degrees of hues from light to dark. Stick to the same type of undertone for each one so they’re complementing each other rather than clashing. As with the blue, use the lighter gray for the walls, accenting with just a small amount of something dark and dramatic. To add interest to your suite of rooms, alternate which color is the main, secondary, and accent color in each room. Or, if you want to bring in another color besides gray, dusty pink and soft gray is a classic for a reason.
Varying hues of green have the ability to lend both peace and energy to a room, making green a great paint color for your master bedroom and bathroom. Whether you opt for a soothing sage or a rich olive, you can transform both your bedroom and bath with this color that’s all about finding your Zen.
Make green your main color by painting the walls in both rooms a shade that works with your space and lighting. In general, darker tones can make a room feel smaller, especially if it doesn’t have a lot of natural light. At the same time, dark can be ultra-dramatic and may be just what you’ve always wanted. If that’s the case, feel free to go for it while keeping your furniture and linens a lighter shade (cream, gray, tan, sage) for balance. Bright bursts of color here and there in the form of throw pillows or towels can also redirect your eye to the room’s interior, helping the darkness of the walls recede to make the room feel bigger again.
If you’re not ready to go all-out with the hunter green paint, a pale green on the walls paired with white furniture and white bathroom fixtures may be your ticket to the simple yet elegant master retreat you’ve always wanted.
Images used with permission, courtesy of Kate De Palma