Bedroom Decor and the Psychology of Colour


More and more these days we understand the importance of a good night’s sleep. Improving brain performance, mood and overall health, sleeping well is as important as exercise and diet. Unfortunately, due to the everyday stresses of modern life, 79% of us struggle to switch off at bedtime, whilst 60% wake up at some point during the night with thoughts of work and other worries. It’s for this reason having a bedroom that’s relaxing and calming is so important. And new research shows that the right colour scheme can aid a great night’s rest. Here, we’re going to take a look at some of the colours proven to help you drift off at the end of a busy day…

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Calming Green 

A green palette conjures up feelings of nature and can have the same mood-boosting effects as being outdoors. Green walls and wood furniture combine to give a pleasingly rustic feel to a modern space, and touches of gold can really help fashion a luxurious haven to sleep in. Natural light will also bring out the soothing yellow hues found in shades of green, putting you at your ease. Tranquil, pastoral and chic. 


Soothing Grey 

A mid-tone shade of grey provides a cool crispness and when warm-toned accessories are added it produces a serenity that’s ideal for winding down. Creamy whites, teals, blues, purples and pinks pair perfectly with a grey backdrop, as do mustard or bright yellows. A neutral, earthier grey reminds us of our natural surroundings and sections of darker greys only deepen that sensibility. Profound and cultured, the results can be truly intoxicating. 


Warm White 

Warm white can envelop a room, creating a sedate and cosy atmosphere. White can be balanced with splashes of colour, but overall it gives the mind space, allowing you to breathe and think, and the light it provides also makes us feel good. A white colour scheme will also open a bedroom up, making it feel airy, bright, emanating a pure effect that brings a kind of clarity that’s genuinely soothing. Pretty much guaranteed to channel your inner calm. 

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Classic Blue 

Known to reduce anxiety, slow the heart rate and lower blood pressure, blue is perhaps the perfect hue for a bedroom. Conjuring up images of the sky and the ocean, it’s enigmatic and evocative as well as relaxing. Combining blue with white or beige creates an airy and fresh atmosphere, whereas darker shades of blue mean a more sophisticated, dramatic look that’s also perfect when going to sleep. A timeless approach for good reason.     


Soft Peach 

An alternative to traditional neutrals, a soft shade of peach is warm, familiar and inviting. Peach in design is known to evoke a sense of joy and youthfulness, whilst encouraging happiness and positivity. It can be paired with an electric blue for a bold, dynamic combination that’s both elegant and uplifting. Stony greys and rust can also be added to ground the look, providing a touch of vibrancy. Perhaps not the first colour people think of for their bedroom, but persuasive nonetheless.  


Charcoal Black 

Dark, inky bedroom colours have a restorative effect, mimicking the night sky and encouraging a great night’s sleep. Of course, covering your entire bedroom in black might be somewhat overwhelming, but going dark on only sections - for instance, the wall behind your bed - can create a moody, compelling accent that’s effortlessly appealing. Black has countless variations and undertones and can elevate your bedroom, transforming it into something mysterious, alluring and, above all, restful.


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