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Colour Therapy for the Bedroom

January 12, 2016


Bedroom Colours and How to Choose Them

The colours in your home have a direct effect on your mood, personality and the quality of your life. This might sound quite extreme, but it is in fact true. Through the study of colour psychology, experts have learnt that different colours create different reactions in people, and while everyone is different, there are some general rules to stick to when choosing colours for your home.

Different colours, even different shades of a colour, have a profound impact on most people. It is very important to take this into consideration when making decisions about what paint hues to use in different rooms. All too often people get trapped into what is trending and what is in fashion – trends come and go, but paint colour lasts. This is especially true in the bedroom.

The colour of your bedroom walls can significantly impact your mood and the quality of your sleep. Your bedroom is the place where you go to relax, to be alone, to retreat from the world. It is also the place where you sleep, recharge and regenerate after a long weary day. It is very important that the bedroom environment is conducive to rest and relaxation.

It is best to select cool, calm and paler colours. According to several different studies the best colour for the bedroom is blue. It is relaxing, soothing and calming. A study showed that people who sleep in blue bedrooms get the longest sleep, and the best quality. Other colours that are recommended for a good night’s sleep are green, pale yellow and neutral colours. They too are calming and promote a sense of restfulness and serenity.

It is important to choose pale colours – anything too dark or bright will over stimulate and therefore reduce the quality of sleep. Stay away from reds, oranges and browns as these are very intense and heavy colours and tend to create a much stronger response - red is said to create such a strong response that it raises blood pressure, while blue which is on the opposite end of the colour spectrum is said to reduce blood pressure.

Your bedroom should be your haven of peace, a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the outside world, a place of comfort and solitude.

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