Surrounding yourself with a soothing color may be an effective route to better sleep. Healing practitioners have known for eons that humans respond strongly to certain pigments for psychological and emotional reasons. Chromotherapy is the practice of promoting wellness using color – although it also has a spiritual basis, there is real science behind some of the information about the human color response that chromotherapists use to treat patients. With that knowledge in mind, it stands to reason that the same can be applied to choosing the right color for bedrooms in order to get proper rest every night.
The Bedroom Colors That Promote Sleep
If you are looking for a color to paint one of the most important rooms in your house, the bedroom, you would do well to avoid a color like red. According to a famous Travelodge guest survey, shades of blue seem to promote the most restful sleep. Guests sleeping in rooms that were painted in more pale shades of blue got on average seven hours and 52 minutes of sleep (which is pretty close to the standard average requirement of eight hours). The international hotel chain also determined that shades of yellow, green, silver and, more surprisingly, orange are also soothing and sleep-promoting.
Here’s a brief breakdown of some of the most popular colors to consider for painting your bedroom, and why they may (or may not) help you to sleep better:
Typically the color blue is thought to have certain physiological impacts on the body. It is thought to slow the heart rate and slightly decrease blood pressure. Since our bodies sleep better when slightly cool, blue has a cooling effect. On the blue spectrum, the most popular colors for painting private rooms such as a master or guest bedroom, are paler shades with a hint of green or gray. For kids rooms, consider a paler version of sky blue. Furthermore, interior designers also point out that there’s a bonus for using pale blue paint color as it makes rooms look larger than they actually are.
One of the strongest “healing” color in chromotherapy is green. Color therapy sessions typically begin and end with the patient being exposed to a few minutes of green light, which makes green a soothing choice for a bedroom paint color. It is easiest on the eyes, think about looking at trees or other green foliage and how that makes you feel, so it may promote a calming effect before you close your eyes.
Pale-colored rooms can have a clinical feel to many people, but they also suggest all that is clean and fresh. White (or beige, pale gray and the other “neutral” tones often used in interior design) can be easily warmed up with hints of color in bedroom accessories. These light tones are elegant and, if you are considering resale, are the easiest to modify.
This cheerful, sunny color can also be soothing and relieve anxiety. Pale tones of yellow are soothing for young children and are often used to decorate a baby’s room. They work well in any bedroom though not if the shade tends towards “mustard” – generally the more intense the shade of yellow, the more likely it is to aggravate rather than sooth. Best to stick with the paler shades.
A little research into chromotherapy or color therapy may help you choose what color paint to use in bedrooms. But it really comes down to individual perception and preference. If it is your bedroom that is being painted, you’ll likely already know what your response is towards different colors. However, if you’re painting a guest bedroom, go with the tried and true shade of blue and allow your guests a good night’s sleep.