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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. Heather says:

    The tangerine color palette for sure in a bedroom. It's much more soothing.

  2. Shelby says:

    Go for the tangerine.

  3. Patty says:

    Palette 2: Tangerine Dreams

  4. LeslieCoblentz says:

    I must say I like both pallets tangerine has been my latest fave decorating color but I'm in love with the 1st color pallet for a bedroom…. My vote definatly goes to #1!

  5. mary juszczak says:

    I like the clay color the best from both palettes.

  6. Row says:

    One feels more restful and relaxing so more suitable to a bedroom.

  7. Julie says:

    # 2 absolutely! So many more options and will not tire of it so quickly.

  8. Joyce says:

    I pick the turquoise or lighter aqua wit peach accents; but not the real bright orange, of course I would choose these colors since they are my favorite. Joyce

  9. judy h. says:

    I like the tangerine, if that is the reddish orange shade. I love it.

  10. trish says:

    palette 2 with either of the end colors for the walls-the oranges only in accessories…
    if you choose palette 1 I would have to say gray walls-the yellow and chartreuse as accents with the aqua as

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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