Does walking into a bright red room energise you? Do cool shades of blue calm your nerves? What about a vibrant yellow - does it lift your spirits? Science confirms that colours impact our moods, and it’s no different from when we climb into bed at night. So if you want a good night’s sleep, choose your bedroom colours wisely. Colour and sleep go hand-in-hand.
The wrong colours can agitate us and stir up negative emotions. But the right colours put our minds at ease, make our bedrooms more comfortable, and ready us for a restful night ahead.
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What’s the best bedroom colour for a good night’s sleep? Blue. Blue is the calming colour, instilling feelings of tranquility and trust. It’s even thought to lower the heart rate. However, not all blues are created equal. Choose your blues wisely if you want to make your bedroom comfortable and cosy. Light, pastel or sky blue are undoubtedly calming, but cobalt or royal blue are harsh and stimulating because of their warm undertones.
The result: people who slept in blue rooms enjoyed almost eight hours of sleep than the next colour on the list, which meant ten minutes less sleep.
Greens with cool undertones are also non-stimulating, making green the perfect bedroom colour if you’re seeking comfort and relaxation. It also evokes a sense of nature; lie down on your bed in your green bedroom, and you might as well imagine you’re lying outside amidst a quiet forest.
Greens with blue undertones include teal, emerald, and seafoam.
Traditionally a feminine colour, pink symbolises nurture and compassion. It’s a peaceful and romantic colour. But once again, the shade of the colour matters. If the pink is too red, it will be energising and stimulating. But in contrast, a soft, pale pink instills the gentle and soothing emotions you want to feel when it’s time to go to sleep.
Whether metallic or non-metallic, silver represents balance, purity, objectivity and is more light-hearted than its close associate: grey. A shade too dark, and it’s a depressing grey that reminds you of a dark, overcast winter day. A shade too pale, and it’s emotionless and bleak - reminiscent of cement.
Silver is a relatively neutral bedroom colour. And yet, it also has the shine and sparkle absent in grey, black, or even white. It’s a balance between comforting and uplifting.
Uplifting and warm, yellow is the bedroom colour that feels like a comforting hug. It came second on Travelodge’s list of colours that influenced a good night’s sleep, but again, the shade of yellow matters. While a bright or golden yellow would be intense and overly stimulating when you’re trying to sleep, a pastel yellow mimics soft sunshine and creates a cosy bedroom atmosphere.
Once you’ve picked the perfect bedroom colours and guaranteed some shut-eye, you might want to take it a step further. Why not give your bedroom a complete makeover with some renovations? Read Seeff’s blog on how to create additional storage in bedrooms.