The colors we choose to surround ourselves with, whether it’s for our clothes, the décor we select for our home, or something as simple as our bed sheets, can say a lot about a person. Bright, vivid colors may suggest a daring, vivid personality, whereas dark, moody, or neutral colors often suggest otherwise. These really are generalizations, and many factors go into what colors a person prefers.
Many struggle with how to choose the right bedroom colors. Color theory shows that bedroom paint colors can change how we feel about a place or even ourselves. Bedroom paint colors can influence our mood, disposition, or energy level. Believe it or not, some bedroom paint colors can even help calm us and put us to sleep.
Bedroom paint color ideas
Some find it hard to believe that color has an effect on us. However, here are the five top bedroom paint colors science says are best if you want a calming, restful night.
- Blue bedroom – calm, restful
According to The National Sleep Foundation, if you paint your room blue, you’ve chosen the best bedroom color for sleep. With blue, you’ll tend to sleep longer than those who sleep in rooms with different colors. What’s the rationale? Specialized receptors in the retina of your eyes (ganglion cells) are most sensitive to blue. The ganglion cells relay information to the area of your brain that controls the body’s 24-hour rhythm. This affects how you feel physically throughout the day. Blue is associated with calm and reduces blood pressure and heart rate, leading to a good night’s sleep.
Blues are frequently recommended as calming bedroom colors, but their close relatives have similar effects. Relaxing shades like grays and neutrals that are considered cool colors will most likely help lower blood pressure and heart rate; thus, they’re most recommended for those who want the best, most solid sleep.
- Pale yellow bedroom – inviting and cozy
Okay, so blue isn’t for everyone. Maybe you’re the type of person who’s looking for something a little brighter, and dare we say sunnier? Yellow comes as a close second to blue. According to a Travelodge study, those with yellow bedrooms slept for seven hours and 40 minutes, which is just 20 minutes shy of the often recommended eight hours.
One interior designer told The Huffington Post that a soft “buttery kind of creamy color with a little yellow tone” is a good option for those looking to improve their sleep patterns but who aren’t big fans of blue or green and are looking for something a little more mellow. Just make sure you choose a light, calming tone and not a bright, fluorescent yellow.
- Green bedroom – sleep and positivity
Not big on yellow or blue? Consider green, which trails slightly behind yellow. According to the Travelodge study, when sleeping in a green-colored room, you can expect to reap seven hours and 36 minutes’ worth of that eight hours we all crave. What’s more, 21 percent of those who slept in green rooms reported waking up feeling upbeat and positive.
- Silver bedroom – restful and active
Silver is commonly associated with elegance, but silver has a lot more going for it as an interior design motif than simply a reminder of wealth and luxury.
Participants in Travelodge’s study who slept in silver-colored rooms reportedly slept for seven hours and 33 minutes a night. Interestingly, those with a silver bedroom décor claimed they were more motivated to exercise in their bedroom than other participants. Want to feel rested and stay active? Ask your interior designer for a silvery grey bedroom, and don’t forget to add our CleanBamboo bedding in one of our grey hues.
- Orange bedroom – feel rested
When you think of orange, you probably think bright, vivid, happy thoughts. Orange is a color commonly associated with joy, sunshine, summertime, and the tropics. Some will even tell you orange is a symbol of enthusiasm, creativity, determination, and stimulation. And according to the Travelodge study participants, orange is pretty good if you want to feel rested in the morning, too. This one definitely came as a surprise.
Thinking of painting your bedroom orange to represent your determination and creativity? Expect to start getting about seven hours and 28 minutes of rest per night. While you won’t get as much sleep as you would in a blue or pale yellow-painted bedroom, orange still seems to pack a hypnagogic punch. However, it may not necessarily motivate you to start doing more exercise.
Whatever you do, we recommend steering clear of purple, which came in last. Despite purple being commonly associated with luxury and even creativity, participants reportedly slept for only five hours and 56 minutes when sleeping in purple rooms.
Keep in mind that your bedroom paint colors are not the only thing that will help you get a good night’s sleep. Reduce stress, exercise, eat right, drink water, stick to a consistent, healthy sleep schedule, and more. Of course, a super comfy bed with silky-soft sateen sheets will seal the deal for a night of solid REM and comfortable, restful sleep.