A Guest post on Interior Mad from tuck.com authored by Myra Campbell who is a researcher for the sleep science and health organization Tuck.com. Her passion for art and design brought her into the field. She began by researching how to create a relaxing bedroom and learned that great design can help improve our health and well-being. Myra lives in southern California and shares her queen-sized bed with two rescue dogs.
Colour is a very important aspect when you’re creating the perfect environment for anything you’re trying to do. It turns out that the colour and kind of paint used on the walls of your bedroom can make a massive difference to how you sleep at night. There are a lot of different opinions on what the best colours are.
Science, however, put those opinions to the test. In fact, the BBC has done a full study to show the specific impacts that certain colours have on the human psyche. A survey by Travelodge found that 58 percent of British people who slept in a room with blue walls reported waking up refreshed and happy.
It’s been found that a powdery, matte blue is the best colour to paint your bedroom walls. Blue is calming and brings both the sky and the ocean to mind when you look at it. Blue walls are associated with better blood pressure and a healthier heart rate, according to one study. They also slept the longest, with a 12 minute longer night’s sleep on average than the next best colour.
The next best hue was yellow, which promotes warmth, comfort, and relaxation, according to Travelodge. However, it is recommended that you avoid gold colours, because it takes that warmth and links it in our psyche to financial wellbeing, which can cause anxiety. Green was the next most popular, as it is considered to be restful and calming.
Red, brown, grey, and purple, in addition to the aforementioned gold, are the worst colours you could choose for your bedroom. Brown and gray create sad, sombre and depressing moods in their rooms. Red and purples are energetic hues. Red links to passion and love in our minds, while purple stimulates our minds to the point of causing dreams and nightmares when they aren’t wanted.
However, you also want to be careful not to go too intense and bright with those colours that already do well.
The satin sheen of glossy paints can create reflections that will distract people whose eyes are roving the room trying to count sheep. Bright colours will do the same thing. It’s an easy distraction for a brain that’s already struggling to fall asleep.
If you do want to go with a bright hue in the bedroom, try for an accent wall that’s behind the head of your bed so that it’s not as much of a distraction while you’re trying to sleep. The same goes for if you want interesting patterns on the wall. Keep them simple and avoid the distraction if you already struggle to get to sleep. You could also try using these bold colours on your pillows and linens.
Another interesting thing that can change the way you sleep is the colour of your ceiling. If you go with a dark hue like navy blue, it may help you sleep better in the long run.
Overall, blue is the best choice you can make for a paint colour in your bedroom. You can make it work with many shades, and you’ll sleep better for it.