If you’re having trouble falling asleep, could the color of your bedroom be to blame? It’s not in your head. Color has been the subject of extensive research to determine the effect various hues have on people. An annual study called The World’s Favourite Colour Project recently discovered that navy blue, turquoise, and pastel pink are considered to be the most calming colors.
This is why many public buildings and businesses choose particular colors for their interiors—a doctor or dentist office is likely to use soothing colors in the waiting area to help calm patients while a health club may be painted in more energetic colors to get clients pumped for a workout.
This also means you can paint your bedroom so it actually helps lower your blood pressure, relax you, and induce sleep. Here’s a guide to the best colors to paint your bedroom so it creates a soothing sanctuary—and the hues you may want to avoid.
Blue has widely been considered a calming color; blue light has been shown to slow the heart rate down after a workout. This makes the shade a natural fit for the bedroom. A pale grayish-blue or pastel aqua or turquoise can work wonders to help you relax. So will a dark, inky, nautical blue—although you may want to use this deep shade for only one or two walls so your bedroom doesn’t feel too intense.
The trick with using blue is to avoid a shade that you might see in a baby’s nursery. Opt instead for paint with a hint of green or gray in it to make it more suitable for an adult bedroom.
The color of nature, light green is sure to bring serenity to your bedroom space. Avoid bright energetic shades like kelly green; the paler the green, the more relaxing it will be. Dark olive is another good option.
Purple is the color of royalty and can help reduce stress. It’s also a shade you don’t see that often in bedrooms, so if you’re looking for something a little different, try painting the room in light lavender. The pastel purple hue has a cooling effect. A deep eggplant can also help you relax.
You can’t go wrong with this neutral, as long as you keep it on the very light side; a dark grey can be very intense and make the bedroom feel sterile and small.
Colors to Avoid
Now that you know what colors work best to create a calm bedroom, it’s also important to know which colors to avoid. Red, orange, and yellow are very energizing colors and may prove to be too exciting for your sleeping space. The one exception may be a deep brick red, but you may still need to balance this out with lighter colors or by using it on one or two walls.
Also any bright color—no matter its shade—may subconsciously keep you awake. It’s best to avoid vibrant colors such as fuchsia, lime green, and royal blue. Think instead of pastels and deeper tones. Choosing the right paint color for your bedroom is just one way to get a better night’s sleep.
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By Krista Harper