Should The Closet Be Painted The Same Color as The Bedroom?

You may not pay a lot of attention to the paint on your closet and bedroom walls but paint professionals say that open/walk-in closets should feature the same color as your room.

However, there are many types of closets out there with different styles of doors.

The manner your room transitions into the closet may vary as well and can have a say on your choice of colors.

So, Should The Inside Of The Closet Be Painted The Same Color as The Bedroom?

Generally, yes, but can depend. First off, the door style on your closet depends on the manner the rest of your bedroom transitions into the closet wall. Certain styles of doors can have a say on the trim as well as the color of paint added to the opening. For instance, pocket doors (those that slide into a cavity in the wall) and bi-fold doors (two doors, each folds in the middle) will always dictate the color of the trim, opening, and sometimes the rest of the bedroom because they often appear like they are sunk in the wall. So, if your closet has one of these doors, it should feature the same color as the rest of the bedroom.

When All-White or Neutral Colors Should Be Considered

It just goes without saying that the inside of your closet should be all-white.

The main reason why closets are painted pure white by default is to ensure maximum visibility.

Also, white creates an impressive neutral background.

1. Open/Walk-in Closets Should Be Same Color as The Bedroom

Walk-in or open closets are considered to be part of your bedroom or whichever room you set them up.

And because they are typically doorless, they should feature the same color as the rest of the bedroom.

There’s one more reason why your walk-in closet should feature the same color as your bedroom – to not make the closet the focal point of the room.

Painting your closet with a distinctive color isolates it from the rest of the bedroom, making it the center of attention when the bed should in fact be the focal point.

Things can be a little different with regular closets (non-walk-in closets, more on them later).

2. If You Want Contrast, Go for Shades of White

If you want to experiment with ‘different colors’ on your closet and bedroom walls, I’d recommend that you start with shades of white.

That’s if you don’t want to put the same color on everything and perhaps make the closet disappear from the wall.

White is the default color not only for the bedroom but also for the interior of the closet.

However, we seem to be oblivious of the numerous shades of white in existence.

Depending on your existing accents and the state of natural light in your bedroom, every shade of white you choose will look satisfactorily distinctive on your walls.

Of course, the closet should take the lightest shade or simple pure white. The walls of the bedroom, on another hand, should take the denser shade.

But, what qualifies as a “shade of white?”

Strictly speaking, neutral grey or anything that approaches neutral grey is a shade of white.

More precisely, anything that veers slightly from pure white both in hues and in chroma (sometimes referred to as intensity or saturation) is a shade of white.

Do you now realize the range of options you have? Cream, vanilla, Navajo white, eggshell, and ivory are all shades of white.

If you are not a fan of white and its hues, the best alternative for you can be shades of grey and other neutral colors.

Grey and its shades are neutral colors and easily blend. This makes them a preferable option if you are looking for a two-color combo for both your bedroom and closet.

3. Bedrooms with Wallpaper Too Should Resemble Their Closet

If your bedroom walls are wallpapered, it only makes sense that you extend the color of the wallpaper to the doors of the closet and even inside.

For instance, if your wallpapers are blue and/or their hues, take the blue or the darkest hue and put it on the bedroom walls, then put the lightest hue on your closet.

You may extend the wallpaper on the closet as is but it would be great to let the interior stay white for the aforementioned reason – to boost visibility.

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When All-White or Neutral Colors Should Be Avoided

Don’t be hard on your bedroom. There are a few situations when white shades and neutral tones might not be the best options, whereby you might want to experiment with darker tones.

1. Closets with Doors

We started by saying that open/walk-in closets should never be open to just any color experiments except shades of white and neutrals.

That’s because these closets are considered to be extensions of your bedroom.

Traditional closets with doors that swing in and out, on another hand, are open to virtually any color of choice of your liking provided it rhymes with the tone on the walls of your bedroom.

2. Painted Accent Walls

Painting accent walls is starting to be a thing in the world of interior design.

An accent wall offers a good opportunity to shake up things inside a probably bland space like the closet.

A slight burst of color can turn the place into something a little more exciting.

3. Wallpapered Closet Interior

What if you prefer wallpaper to a paint job for your room décor?

In that case, as mentioned earlier, ensure both the interior and the exterior of your closet matches the dark colors of the wallpaper on your bedroom walls unless it is an open/walk-in closet.

The choice of color will depend on your taste among such factors as the temperature of your location and the kind of lighting fixture in your bedroom.

Should You Paint the Door in Your Bedroom the Same Color as The Walls?

Absolutely not. Please imagine painting your door and bedroom with the same color of paint – you will certainly have a hard time finding the way out.

Doors shouldn’t even be painted in the first place unless they are made from iron or aluminum which is rare.

If your bedroom door is made from wood (as it should be), go for a stain instead of paint.

A stain alienates your door from the rest of your room regardless of the kind of paint you choose to put on your walls.

Another benefit of stains is that they make your door look natural.

Tip: There’s a list of colors you should never use in your bedroom. They include black, green, orange, and violet. Note that these colors are bad or entirely undesirable but because they are seldom followed. Therefore, using them may not only look odd to you at times but may also not impress your visitors.


So, should the closet be painted the same color as the bedroom?

Generally, yes, but can depend on an array of factors.

Firstly, the style of door on your closet will depend on the way the rest of your room transitions into the closet wall.

Some styles of doors can have a say on the trim as well as the color of paint added to the opening.

If your closet is the open/walk-in style, you should paint it the same color on your bedroom wall.