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Calming bedroom colours for a great night’s sleep

You may find it surprising, but the colour of your bedroom could be preventing you from getting a decent night’s sleep! The colour we choose to paint our bedrooms affects how relaxed we are at bedtime. But with an overwhelming choice of paint in DIY shops, where do you start? We have put together a helpful guide to show which colours could work best for you.


How does colour affect sleep?
Our eyes are full of receptors which are sensitive to colours. They send information to the brain, which in turn, affects bodily functions. The colours you see before you head to bed can trick your body into getting to sleep more easily.

What are the most calming colours?
Soft or earthy tones are the best colours for promoting sleep.

But there is good news for people who already painted their rooms blue – you’re getting the most sleep per night! Blue is a calming tone, creating feelings of serenity and peace, as it relieves tension by slowing the heart rate and even reducing blood pressure.

Pale shades are also good choices, while white ceilings will help brighten things up a bit.

What are other winning shades?
Grey – Many consider grey as dull or boring, but because it is so neutral it can be used with your current furnishings, without the need to revamp your entire bedroom.

Green – Another ideal choice for your bedroom as it is associated with wildlife and Spring time. The colour can make rooms feel bigger, providing the shades are light to medium. Greens work well in lime or mint shades and are delightfully complemented by beige, whites or creams. You could add pink if you’re looking for a girly touch.

Yellow – Shades of this colour are reported to improve sleep with the average person receiving 7 hours and 40 minutes sleep per night in a room of this colour. Yellows also work well alongside grey and white.

Which colours should you avoid?
Red, orange and pinks – Avoid high-energy colours if it’s a blissful night’s sleep you’re looking for. Bright colours such as reds, purples and oranges should be used elsewhere in the house as they increase stimulation.

Purple can stimulate creativity and the unconscious mind, which could in turn, promote more vivid dreams. This is not ideal for bedrooms because while it looks luxurious, it could result in a disturbed sleep.

Which colour scheme works best?
Although blue can be a great hue for your home, some shades are too vibrant. Certain tones can make rooms feel cold, so be sure to buy and try a tester pot before you spend a fortune on paint. Blues work well with grey, white and subtle yellows.

Shades of off-white can create a sophisticated effect, while still being cosy and tranquil.

Any colour scheme using pastels can lend a calming feeling to boudoir spaces. The modern way to use pastels is to throw in an unexpected colour into the mix, to brighten things up a bit.

We hope you have been inspired with some tips on how to decorate your bedroom to get the optimal night’s sleep. Now collect your paintbrushes and get to work… then lie down for the most restful night sleep ever!

The content of this article has been provided by The Odd Mattress Company.

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