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Last week, I shared photos of my embarrassingly bare bedroom. (Remember that mattress on the floor? I certainly do.)  Since sprucing it up is our first real project, I’ve spent hours upon hours this week holding up paint chips and scouring Pinterest for THE perfect shades. Besides getting a really great arm workout (fan decks can get mighty heavy…), I’ve managed to narrow the field down to two possible palettes.

Our master bathroom has ’50s-era aqua tile that’s not going anywhere anytime soon, so I wanted to incorporate that color into the bedroom palette to create a cohesive look. Overall, I”m looking for a modern natural feel, with flashes of bright colors alongside more muted hues. Which do you prefer?

Palette 1: Energetic Greens
I’m a little obsessed with yellow, so it’s not surprising that this look-at-me hue made into one of my palettes as an accent color. Chartreuse and aqua give this look a vintage feel, while warm neutrals keep it feeling modern.

Teal Green Yellow Gray PalettePillows via Coastal Living; bedding from Urban Outfitters

Palette 2:  Tangerine Dreams
Tangerine  (Pantone’s color of the year!) and aqua are color wheel opposites, but they’re a classic combination. I love the idea of bringing in a bright orange, vintage leather chair as an accent piece. Soft mocha paint (or a subtly-patterned wallpaper) would make the walls warm and inviting.

Orange Teal Red Bedroom PalettePeaches via Laura Vegas; Chair from Rate My Space contributor NYDesignGuy

Which color swatch should I use? Cast your vote in the comments below!

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101 Responses

  1. 4Grammy says:

    I think aqua would look great on the walls with accents of yellow and tangerine. My guest room has aqua walls and it's such a cheery room and you can put so many colors with it.

  2. CplusE says:

    I'm voting for tangerine, but it's a tough choice, as both are appealing!

  3. ash says:

    i like both, but i would go with #1 has more of a bedroom feel for me

  4. Brenda Nelson says:

    A bedroom should be relaxing. I'd go with the first with a heavy emphasis on the cooler shades

  5. Rhonda says:

    The tangerine!

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  7. Alana says:

    Palette 2!!

  8. julie says:

    aqua!!!! #1

  9. Janet E says:

    I like the colors of Palette #2…warm and cozy in the bedroom.

  10. Abby says:

    tangerine! :D so pretty and fresh with the aqua

Liz GrayLiz is a senior editor at HGTV.com and an co-editor-in-chief for Design Happens. She lives in a midcentury tri-level that’s stuck in the ‘70s…for now. When she’s not working on...


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