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The Best and Worst Bedroom Colours for Sleep According to Experts

October 17, 2022   By Jennifer Cook

As the great Cyndi Lauper of Time After Time fame once sang, we shouldn’t be afraid to let our true colours show! Whether that means wearing clothes with a glossy finish or an all-pastel ensemble, there’s nothing wrong with allowing your own fashion and art taste to shine through. And that goes for your home as well as your wardrobe

According to, Australians usually prefer colours with a tinge of green, beige, and blue undertones. But that doesn’t mean other colours should be thrown by the wayside – there’s still hope for all the goths and emos out there!

Kidding aside, specific colours can have significant effects on your mental and physical well-being, including your ability to get longer and better shut-eye. And the hue of your sheets can give you positive energy and good vibes!

Colour psychology isn’t limited to striking fashion statements and it can be used to spruce up living rooms, walls, and, most definitely, your bedroom. Choosing a specific colour for your sleeping space isn’t just important for aesthetics, either – it might mean the difference between having a good night’s sleep or a bedtime bummer.

With that in mind, here are some of the best and not-so-advisable colours for your next bedroom paint or furniture purchase.

Colours to Go For

Bluer than Blue

According to a Travelodge study, the colour blue is the best sleep-inducing hue the business. Sleepers with blue bedrooms can attest to this, no matter whether they’re fans of a darker or lighter shade.

Certain experts in the field correlate blue with lower heart rates and blood pressures, a benefit that can make for better sleep quality, – a fact we don’t need a feng shui expert to confirm.

It’s also a plus that this colour is pleasing to the eyes, making it a staple of most interior design proposals. Blue is such a looker we made it the cornerstone of most of our publishing materials, even our website.

That might be because the brain reacts differently to the colour blue. More precisely, our grey matters pick up this colour more than others, thanks to our ganglion cells or receptors located in our retinas.

All that additional exposure to blue increases the production of melatonin, a hormone that influences our body clocks or circadian rhythms. Basically, you want MORE melatonin and less cortisol, a.k.a. the stress hormone.

We’ve been praising the wonders of the colour blue, but we need to remind readers that the colour itself differs from blue light or that emitted by gadgets like laptops, phones, and tablets. That blue isn’t something you’d want if you want to get a restful sleep.

To summarise, a blue room = better sleep hygiene.

Cheer for Yellow

Like blue, yellow is another colour that’s almost guaranteed to give you a better night.

Yellow is a colour that’s closely associated with happiness, vitality, and warmth, the last quite obvious since the Sun is literally yellow (okay, some will argue that it’s more of an orange tinge but let’s go with yellow for today).

So how can a yellow bedroom be good for sleep when it’s a colour that apps use when they want their users to feel happy and giddy(looking at you, Bumble)?

It all depends on what shade or hue you’d use for your room. Go for a shade that’s too bright, and you’ll end up too hyped for bed. That’s why you should choose a more mellow yellow to give your room a feeling of calm and zen.

So, if you want to change your bedroom wall’s colour, be bold – you can’t go wrong with yellow!

Give it Some Green

If you feel you need more hours of sleep a night, you might consider adding some greenery to your bedroom.

No, we’re not talking about plants (which we’ve covered already). We mean turning your room into one that will turn the Incredible Hulk green (with envy).

Among colours, green is often associated with relieving eye stress. That’s why people who stare at screens for hours are advised to look at something green every 15 minutes or so. Why don’t you try it yourself right now? It’s soothing, right?

Green is undoubtedly pleasing to the eyes. But can it actually help you sleep better? Why yes, it can!

Specifically shades like sage green evoke a feeling of calm and oneness with nature that relaxes sleepers and gets them conked out faster. Planning to do some spring cleaning? Add some green matte or flat paint for your bedroom to the list!

Colours to Let Go

Dark Grey? No Way

There has been a resurgence of minimalist design and aesthetics in recent years, and it’s easy to see why people like the look.

Grey, white, and other neutral colours are sleek, clean, and clinical to look at. They can make a space feel ordered and controlled without being too drab and soulless. So why is grey in this part of the article?

Some people argue that a dark grey bedroom feels like a dab smack below a particularly heavy raincloud. Others think this colour is too severe and dull that you wouldn’t want to wake up in a dark grey room – in case it rubs off on your morning mood.

Say No to Bright Purple

Purple is a nice colour. It’s pleasant to look at and has been used to convey royalty and elegance. Again, purple is nothing to scoff at. Barney’s of a similar hue, so purple is not that bad.

But as a bedroom theme? It should be a no go!

Purple in bright variants can stimulate the eyes and brains. And this is something you definitely want to avoid when trying to catch some shut-eye.

Not Down with Brown

We talked about how shades of green give a space an eco-friendly and relaxing vibe. So why not double down on a green room with a brown bedroom?

Because brown can be a tad bit dreary, and where green can give an earthy feel that’s inducive for sleep, the former tends to draw in light and makes a space feel cheerless or uninviting.

However, it does depend on the exact shade. Some hues of brown work well with beds and pillows, like terracotta which can make you feel like you’re on vacation on some palm beach somewhere in the Caribbean. Give them a chance!

Sleep on It

Choosing a suitable colour scheme for your bedroom might spell the difference between good sleep and lying awake staring up at your ceiling and regretting your pick.

Good thing a paint job isn’t the only option you can go with. Ecosa offers a myriad of bedding options you can choose from, with colours that are picked to match almost all bedroom aesthetics and themes!

At the end of the day? The right colour can only do so much. A good night’s sleep still boils down to having a good mattress, pillows, and sheets. That said, it won’t hurt to rock the right shade to slumber through the night.

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