Your Bedroom Paint Colour Can Affect Your Sleep

How Your Bedroom Paint Colour is Affecting Your Sleep

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Written and contributed by Krista Harper, a freelance writer from California, who writes about home and interior design

40% of Americans get only six or fewer hours of sleep per night. Perhaps you don’t either and have tried everything to make the sandman visit with little luck. Could the paint colour of your bedroom walls be to blame?

It sounds like something too simple to actually work, but the truth is the psychology behind colours has been researched for years. Different colours have the ability to make us feel particular emotions; if you’ve ever felt a difference in your mood while wearing your favourite hue, you know this is true. It’s the reason why a dentist’s office or spa may choose a soothing wall colour while a gym may go for vibrant tones to help its clients feel energized.

Here’s a general guide to the best and worst colours for your bedroom.

First, the Worst Paint Colour

When it comes to getting some shuteye, these are the general paint shades you may want to avoid.


It’s the colour of romance and heat, so you may think it’s a suitable choice for your bedroom to help spice things up. But as it turns it, red is way too energetic. Red light makes cattle more aroused than blue or green light, and red is a common colour in bullfighting as it is believed to excite the bull.

Another study found that when people saw red their reactions became faster and more forceful. Red has also been found to increase the heart rate. Save the colour for roses and date night, but don’t paint your bedroom walls with it.

Bright Colors

Bright colours in general, no matter which ones they are, will stimulate and begin to energize you which is the opposite of what you need when trying to fall asleep. Vibrant shades of yellow, orange and blue are great for other parts of the house such as the kitchen and family room but may make it difficult to fall asleep when used in the bedroom.

Dark Colors

Any dark colours such as brown, black, and purple are usually too intense to help induce sleep. Two exceptions are dark blue and dark green, as these shades, in general, have a calming effect.

Bedroom Friendly Hues

Instead of bright colours, go for their opposites—lighter shades and pastels. The following colours, in particular, may work wonders in helping you doze off.


It’s the colour of nature and is known for its restful feeling. Research has also found that green improved reading ability, so if you like to read at bedtime, this colour can be a win-win for your bedroom.


Any shade of blue can bring tranquillity to your sleeping space. Blue has been researched for its calming effects. One study found that when blue lights were installed at over 70 train stations in Japan where people were killing themselves by jumping in front of trains, the suicide rate decreased by 84%.

You can also try a deep navy or nautical blue (but avoid royal, which is on the bright side). Pale turquoise and aqua shades may also work wonders in inducing drowsiness.

Light Purple

Where dark or bright purple may be distracting in a bedroom, going for a pastel shade such as lavender can be very soothing. The colour brings a touch of royalty to your room and may even help boost your creative juices.


Any kind of neutral—from cream to light grey—also works well in a bedroom. A bonus is a neutral-coloured paint makes it easy to match bedding and bedroom decor.

Better Sleep Is Just a Paint Can Away

If you’re having trouble relaxing and falling asleep and your bedroom is coated in dark or bright colours, try toning things down with a fresh can of light-coloured paint. The change may also inspire you to give the room a mini makeover.

Note: This very interesting and informative article was contributed by Krista Harper, a freelance writer from California that writes for home and interior design websites.


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