Your bedroom should be an oasis. It’s where you retreat when you need to unplug from the stresses of the world. It should be a welcome environment, well-designed for restful sleep and peace. Many factors go into creating an inviting space you look forward to entering, but one of the largest factors is the colors of your wall and ceiling.

Neutrals are always a safe color choice for your walls and ceilings – especially in your bedroom. Calming and relaxing, they don’t compete for attention, and your mind can rest. If you’re worried neutral colors might be boring, remember that you can spice up your room with a variety of furniture pieces, linens, and wall art choices. Think of neutrals as a safe background for whatever canvas you want to create.

Cool colors will help you create a calm and relaxing environment in your room. Look for the hues from blue green through blue violet. Grays work very well too. Remember that you’ll find a lot of variation in this spectrum. Choose cool colors that make you feel at ease.

Pastels, when done right, can look very grown-up and soothing. Using bright accessories and dark wood furniture will keep the pastels from looking too childish. Think: pinks, lavenders, soft blues, and soft greens.