Colour psychology isn’t a new concept for a lot of us, though you wouldn’t be alone in questioning how effective it can really be. How can a single colour change your mood or encourage better sleep? Can brighter tones really improve your mood just like that? Could your bedroom design choices be causing poor sleep at night? We’re taking a look into whether colour really can affect our moods and sleep patterns, as well as which colours experts say are the best for your bedroom.
Can Colour Really Affect Our Mood?
While there hasn’t been what would be considered rigorous scientific research into how colours affect us psychologically, there is plenty to suggest that the colours around us can affect how we behave and how we feel. Colour psychology is used in retail, in marketing and in plenty of other design areas to influence how we act when we see certain products, situations or even areas. While it’s difficult to determine how every single individual will react to a colour due to the influence of lifetime experiences, colour psychology works on a more general basis, utilising universal human experiences and cultural behaviours to determine how the majority of people will associate particular colours to moods.
Colours That Encourage Sleep
For your bedroom, you’ll want to choose colours that encourage calm, relaxation and sleep, or, of course, happiness. Here are some of the most highly recommended:
Blue hues, particularly those in a more muted palette, have been linked to calming and soothing emotions, which are conducive to a better night’s sleep. Blue can often create a sense of relaxation and reduce the level of stress we’re experiencing at night, which ultimately helps lull us to sleep more effectively and can even prevent nightmares.
While bright shades of yellow could disturb your sleep by being too sunny and energy-boosting, more muted and softer shades can create a warm, comforting environment that is perfect for a bedroom. Studies suggest that people relax far more easily in yellow-hued rooms, which is ideal for better sleep.
Green is another shade that is conducive to a good night’s sleep, thanks to it’s eye-pleasing and calming associations. Muted and softer green shades, such as moss and olive, are particularly good for creating a comforting and relaxing environment that can improve and encourage sleep.
The colour orange is often thought to be a good colour for dining rooms due to it’s perceived ability to aid digestion and soothe upset stomachs. This benefit can be translated to the bedroom with warm orange tones, which can not only soothe, but also creates a feeling of coziness that is perfect for preparing your body for sleep at the end of a long day.
For a luxurious touch to the bedroom that won’t disturb your sleep, silver can be a great option. Silver is said to have sleep-inducing properties, as well as positive effects on our motivation when we wake up.
Avoid These Colours
Purple is considered to be the worst colour for a restful nights sleep. Purple is a lovely colour and is great for creating a luxurious look, but too much also inspires creativity which can lead to vivid dreams or nightmares and a night of disturbed sleep.
Many of us, knowingly or not, associate red with danger and for this reason, it isn’t particularly useful for promoting restful sleep. In addition, it can be associated with energetic passion and love which has previously been linked to higher blood pressure, which prevents or disrupts sleep.
While brown matches the neutral tones that more and more of us are going for in our homes, it is a colour that has previously been linked to gloomier atmospheres. This can induce a sense of sadness, which definitely doesn’t lend itself to a good night’s sleep!
While yellow might create a sense of happiness, gold has been said to have adverse affects, particularly in those of us with financial worries. Many of us associate gold with wealth and if you’re struggling for cash or have finance-related worries, gold could create a restless night.
For more information about choosing the right headboard and colour to improve your sleep, feel free to get in touch with a member of our team, today.