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The Right White: Selecting Bedroom Colors

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calming bedroom paint colors

We purchased our lake cottage in an effort to have more uninterrupted family time. No television, internet, tablets or other distractions, just a place to relax and enjoy each other’s company. We occasionally take a rainy morning or late night after the girls go to bed to work on a project, but try to keep it quick, easy and inexpensive. As we prepare for guests this summer, we decided to update the second guest bedroom in effort to create a relaxing retreat for our family and friends to enjoy.

best bedroom colors to feel relaxed

I almost always start a room transformation with fresh paint. When contemplating guest bedroom colors, I considered how I wanted the room to feel and more importantly, our guests. I selected Cameo White from the BEHR MARQUEE® Interior line because it takes just one coat and when we’re at the lake – time is of the essence. I also chose BEHR MARQUEE® Interior because it is stain resistant which makes it easy to maintain!

pretty bedroom paint colors that feel fresh and calm

BEHR Cameo White feels so calm and serene, which is exactly how I want guests to feel when they visit the lake cottage. I also wanted to incorporate some soft blue bedroom colors. Blue is an almost universally liked color and is associated with both the sky and water, tying in the lake.

the look for less - a Serena and Lily inspired bedroom

The room is long and narrow so I wanted to keep it simple but functional. The light paint color gives the illusion of more space and reflects light, making it feel wide. I added an indoor outdoor rug to draw the eye to the other end of the room, which also helps make it feel larger and minimizes the carpet.

Of course every after has a before. Ready?

lake guest bedroom before

lake guest bedroom before

Removal of the border, fresh paint and updated furniture layout really opens up the room.

fresh bedroom colors for a serene space


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26 comments on “The Right White: Selecting Bedroom Colors”

  1. Serene is the word! A lovely transformation! Thanks for inspiring!

  2. As usual, Julie, you’ve hit another HOME RUN! I’m ready to make a reservation! 🙂

    You really know how to make a house a home!


  3. Wow! what an incredible transformation! I’m always amazed at what a bit of paint can do! This is definitely somewhere I would want to vacation. Looks so relaxing!

  4. Wow! I love your transformation, what a wonderful space for your guests x

  5. This is absolutely gorgeous. I am envious of your getaway space and hope you get to fully enjoy it!

  6. Beautiful! I just tried to order one of those great luggage stands but of course they are out of stock ???? Those are the best looking ones I’ve seen so hopefully they will restock soon..
    Also, do you have any tips for removing wallpaper border? Our new house has two rooms of it and I’m dreading this project but it has to be done..
    Really love your blog!

  7. You gave it your signature style and it looks amazing. Thank you for linking up to The Gathering Place!!!

  8. It’s a gorgeous color, Julie. I love neutrals. You’re styling is on pointe! A cottage with no electronics is such a great idea for family bonding.
    Hugs, Jamie

  9. Julie,
    Thank you for sharing what a little paint can do for a room. We are moving and I have a few bedrooms to paint. I like the white you picked. Not too bright, but calm and inviting. Additionally, you have put your stamp of your classic signature style in this room.

  10. The room is so inviting. Are you taking reservations? 😉

  11. Paint sure does wonders! I love this gorgeous space you created!

  12. Such a simple, beautiful transformation!

  13. I clicked in your link for Cameo White, but I wonder if they discontinued the colour? It wasn’t listed.

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  16. Julie, are you familial with the white “Chantilly Lace” by Benjamin Moore? Do you think it is too stark white? I don’t know how it compares with the Cameo White. Thanks.

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