The best bedroom colours for a good night’s sleep

    Are you struggling to sleep? Your bedroom colours can make all the difference between a restless or soothing night. 

    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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    1: Light Blue 

    bedroom in light blue colour

    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. 

    • Travelodge, the largest independent hotel brand in the United Kingdom, conducted a study of 2000 homes that examined colour’s influence on people’s sleeping patterns. 

    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.  

    2: Muted Green 

    bedroom in muted green colour

    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.

    • Green came third on Travelodge’s survey regarding colour and sleep. In another study (by Katherine R Gamble, James H. Howard Jr., and Darlene V. Howard from the Department of Psychology in Georgetown University), green scenery in nature and being in a green environment was found to be linked to stress relief in adults. This is what you need when you’re trying to catch a good night’s sleep. 

    3: Pale Pink

    bedroom in pale pink colour

    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. 

    • Pink is often used in prisons or mental institutions because it has a calming effect on the occupants. To take it a step further, in 1979, Iowa’s head football coach (Hayden Fry) insisted on painting the visitors’ locker room pink in an attempt to de-energise and pacify the opposing team. Fry reported that it worked! 

    4: Soft Silver

    bedroom in silver colour

    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. 

    • Did you know? Many people associate silver with the moon and mystical powers. Some even believe it helps to rid a room of negative energy. 

    5: Pastel Yellow

    bedroom in pastel yellow colour

    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. 

    • According to a 2012 study, the colour yellow can also increase your body’s serotonin levels. Serotonin stabilises your mood, can make you feel “happy”, and helps with digestion and sleeping. It’s just what you want when settling in for the night. They say never go to sleep angry, and with a pastel yellow bedroom, you might be able to achieve that!

    Upgrade Your Bedroom With Design Alterations

    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.


    Author: Seeff Property Group
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