Last updated on March 30th, 2017

Are your bedroom colors affecting the way you sleep?

This content was originally published at Sleep Judge

When it comes to creating a restful and serene space which is just for sleeping, color is very important. In case you’re unaware, color psychology is the science of creating specific moods and feelings based on a chosen shade or palette.

To help you discover the power of color as it relates to accessing the deep and healing rest that you will need in order to feel healthy and happy, we’ve created a practical quick guide.

Once you’ve learned which colors promote better rest, you’ll be able to decorate your bedroom with a mind to making it beautiful…and with a mind to enjoying the best sleep of your life!

Which colors promote better rest

In ancient Egypt, color was utilized in order to heal. The practice of using color for this purpose was known as chromotherapy and many people embrace chromotherapy today, with a mind to feeling better.

Blue

Soothing blue for sleep

A soothing shade of violet blue

The most soothing shade is blue, while red is more stimulating. So, you may wish to invest in a blue comforter or paint your walls blue (or both), rather than using a lot of energizing red in your bedroom!

In addition to promoting great rest, blue is believed to alleviate illnesses and to relieve pain. Since being in a blue room may even lower blood pressure and slow down breathing and heart rate, it’s definitely a stellar choice for a bedroom.

Any shade of blue should work, although light blue has the strongest link with feelings of tranquility. You may wish to mix shades of blue for a painterly effect. From sky blue to indigo to aquamarine and beyond, blue provides beauty and variety in abundance and it’s just such a relaxing shade.

Just as famous artist, Picasso, did, you may enter your “Blue Period” by creating a room which calms your nerves and helps you to unplug from all of the stresses of the day.

Green

Green - nature for sleep

Green echoes the relaxing environment of nature

Green is also believed to have stress-relieving properties, perhaps because it echoes the beauty of grass and leaves. Green is linked with feelings of safety! If blue isn’t your favorite, choosing green for your bedroom may help you to sleep deeply at night.

True green is a strong color, so you may wish to limit your usage of green to accents, such as throw blankets, pillow shams and chair cushions. Keep the rest of the room neutral (eggshell walls, for example) in order to balance the impact of spring green. Cooler, pastel shades of green should also work very well…

Cool versus warm colors

With the exception of spring green, the cooler shades on the color wheel are always better choices for the bedroom, so stay away from the warmest shades, such as yellow, orange and red.

Red, orange, yellow

Red, orange and yellow are warm, energetic shades 

All of these warm tones are about energy and aggression. This is why you won’t find many waiting rooms of family physicians painted in red, orange or yellow. Since people already hate waiting, doctors prefer soothing tones for their waiting rooms! These soothing tones help to keep people calm as they watch the clock.

To get great sleep, you’re better off decorating with blue, green or cool pastels.

How to get started

People who suffer from insomnia, nightmares, restless sleep or sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, need all of the help that they can get in order to access healing sleep. While medication, lifestyle changes and/or medical equipment may be required, a bedroom painted in the right shade will also be beneficial.

To get started, look for deals on furnishings, paint, wallpaper designs and room accessories. Shopping online may be a great way to find affordable blue or green products which are perfect for your new home improvement project.

About the author

Frank Apodaca is the author and owner of The Sleep Judge. A blog dedicated to helping people get a better nights rest as well as providing sleep product reviews and recommendations.

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