House Beautiful recommends calming hues for bedroom wall colors. Highly diluted shades of aqua, grayed whites and muted khakis are soothing and won't compete with soft furnishings. Paint maker Sherwin-Williams recommends subduing bolder colors, such as yellow and burgundy, by pairing them with neutrals, such as gray and white.
Sherwin-Williams' website and House Beautiful emphasize pale neutrals for the bedroom to create a relaxing mood. Neutrals in the beige family can be warm, with a yellow cast that can be accented with apricot or copper browns, or they can be cool, with a blue cast that can be accented with all shades of blue. Regardless of the wall color, the overall effect of the bedroom should be soothing.