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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. wanda hoots says:

    Strongly prefer #1 and love the bedcovers and pillows. Don't care fot the flesh color with this .

  2. Davonna Dicks says:

    Everyone does the colors in #1 so go with #2! Plus the colors are amazing!!

  3. diana says:

    I think tangerine would be nice, but have seen alot of brown and tan with aqua and it looks awesome, very beachy and natural.

  4. Gail says:

    The yellow. Don't care for the flesh color with it. Really don't care for yellow or tangerine for a bedroom, but of the Twp, yellow.

  5. jane1964 says:

    I think the blue is the best color because the other colors are too strong to be wall colors… and the other colors go well with this blue… i like it…

  6. Angela Phillips says:

    If you have aqua tiles then you may want a Peach color to balance it with.

  7. Alice says:

    I like the freshness of tangerine. Seems like spring and summer and you would wake up alive and ready to go. Some yellows just look too grey in the wrong light.

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  9. joy rueda says:

    palette # is more calm and relaxing with yellow bringing a burst of sunshine into the bedroom :)

  10. tina rn says:

    #2 tangerine !!

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