Best Colors For A Bedroom

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Three Best Colors For A Bedroom To Help You Sleep

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Did you know that the colors in your bedroom not only impact the atmosphere, but also how long you sleep? It’s been shown that blue, green, and yellow are the best colors for a bedroom if you want to maximize your sleep. How can you add these colors to your bedroom and create the atmosphere you want? What kinds of blues, yellows, and greens are best?

Why Those Colors?

A study of 2,000 homes by Travelodge looked at bedroom colors and how they corresponded to sleep. Blue was the clear winner: people with blue tones in their bedrooms were getting closest to the recommended 8 hours of sleep, followed by yellow, green, and silver.

1. Blue (7 hours and 52 Minutes)

2. Yellow (7 Hours and 40 Minutes)

3. Green (7 Hours and 36 Minutes)

4. Silver (7 Hours and 33 Minutes)

5. Orange (7 Hours and 28 Minutes)

6. Red (6 Hours and 58 Minutes)

7.Gold (6 Hours and 43 Minutes)

8. Grey (6 Hours and 12 Minutes)

9. Brown (6 Hours and 5 Minutes)

Different colors convey different moods in a space, so when choosing the best color for your bedroom, you don’t have to automatically choose blue, but you should think about the atmosphere you want to create.

  • Blue promotes relaxation and tranquility – perfect for helping you relax into sleep.
  • We are surrounded by green in nature – it’s also a restful and calming color, and the easiest one for our brain to process.
  • Yellow might be a surprise here, but it’s associated with happiness. The better your mood, the more likely you are to get some good sleep! Yellow should be used with care though, read more below.

What you don’t see featured on this list is white. There are many shades of white, and an off-white color can be a great base for your room to then add pops of color such as a yellow feature wall, or that blue chair you’ve been eying up. This can be a great way to start to play with colors and see how you feel about them as part of your bedroom decor.

Blue Bedroom

Since blue promotes relaxation and tranquility it’s no surprise that it is the most popular bedroom color. You can see from the survey results above it’s been linked to longer sleep times than any other color. In our busy and sleep deprived world, getting the most sleep we can is a big goal for many people.

What shades of blue work well?

Blue comes in many different shades, from pale blues that look almost white, to bright sky blues, to very deep navy blues.

  • Deep blues can be calming, but will darken a room.
  • Pale blues can add a relaxing coastal vibe to your room.
  • “Neutral” blues (ones which have a grey base) are very popular, and work well with other colors you might be wanting to experiment with.
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Yellow Bedroom

While yellow was linked to the second longest sleep times in the survey above, I’d recommend you go for accents of yellow in your bedroom rather than painting a whole room yellow.

Yellow is a bright and cheerful color. Yellow might make you feel happy, but I don’t know if it’s going to set your mood to drift off to a relaxing slumber. However, if your house is cold or dark, yellow is great for warming and brightening a room, so if this is your goal, go for gold (pun intended).

  • Yellow looks great as a feature color against a white, cream or grey wall. Yellow artwork or curtains could bring nice touches of yellow to your space.
  • You could also experiment with adding pops of yellow to your decor such as pillows and duvet covers to see how you feel about introducing yellow to your bedroom.
  • Mustard has been a popular color for furniture over the past few years so it will be easy to find a yellow chair or ottoman for your bedroom.
  • If using yellow to paint your bedroom walls, a pale or pastel yellow will work best in a bedroom.
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Green Bedroom

I was surprised to see green behind yellow in the survey results. Green is the easiest color for the human eye to understand, and like blue, can be soothing and relaxing. There are many different shades of green, some work better in bedrooms than others.

  • Sage green works well for painting walls
  • If you can’t decide between blue and green, some of the blue-green shades such as teal or turquoise or seafoam work well
  • Greens that mimic the color of plants and trees work well for a relaxing atmosphere
  • Lime green or olive green can feel overpowering if you put too much of it in your bedroom, try for the shades above instead
  • Like yellow, green is a great color to experiment with adding pops of to a neutral background
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