It's the end of a long day and you are finally heading to bed. As you walk into your bedroom, what are your first thoughts and feelings? Do you consider it a soothing sleep sanctuary? You've got your sheets, mattress, pillows and maybe even ultra-comfy PJs to boost your REM cycle, but that's not all you can do to catch some high-quality ZZZs. One of the best ways to set yourself up for relaxation is through the power of color, particularly with the paint hues you choose for your walls, ceiling, and trim. Based on the concept of color psychology, colors can affect your mood and behavior. If you're looking to get into a peaceful state of mind for a sound night's slumber, consider painting your bedroom walls with one of these five relaxing colors. Blue: According to a study conducted by Travelodge, which explored how the color of a bedroom affects our sleep, blue is the best color. Participants who snoozed in blue bedrooms received an average of 7 hours and 52 minutes of sleep — the most out of any color in the study. Additionally, 58% of participants reported waking up happy when sleeping in a blue bedroom. It's no coincidence that blue is such a popular color for slumber. After all, it's the color of the sky and sea, both calming aspects of nature. In addition to relaxation, blue often evokes pureness, clarity and intuition. When searching for the right shade, a pale blue or grayish blue can help keep things calm and cool. Just stay away from more vibrant and intense shades such as electric blue.
Green: If you're not the biggest fan of blue, green makes an excellent alternative. It can be equally relaxing and comforting since green is often linked to safety, harmony and growth among other positive symbols. To capture the ideal aura for your bedroom, find inspiration in natural elements — grass, gardens, trees, etc. Soft, verdant hues such as sage, moss and olive provide a sense of nature, allowing you to easily unplug from your phone and unwind. Complement your preferred shade of green with wood accents and white bedding to turn your bedroom into a coveted sleep sanctuary.
Yellow: This might seem like an odd choice since yellow is such a brilliant hue. But at the same time, it can be warm and comforting, especially if you consider the fact that yellow is the second-best color for sleep, according to the Travelodge study. When you wake up in the morning, a yellow-centric bedroom can help start your day on a positive note, even when it's dreary outside. You might be overwhelmed by the brightness if your entire room is painted a sunny yellow, so try an accent wall first. A pale, earthy yellow might be a more suitable option if you're looking to be surrounded by the color.
Lavender:Use caution when choosing Purple, particularly deeper shades are one of the worst colors for your bedroom décor according to the Travelodge survey. It's a mentally stimulating color and can even cause nightmares. If you love this regal color, though, opt for a muted lavender instead. While similar to purple, lavender is actually its own class of color. It bears the same royal quality of a deep purple but without the intensity, lending to a cooler, calmer ambiance.
Gray: This hue has a reputation for being plain and dull, but a dash of gray on your walls can conjure up a tranquil environment perfect for afternoon naps. To achieve this, make sure to find a soft and subtle shade. Plus, gray is a neutral color, so there are endless décor possibilities to make your bedroom pop. All in all, any color is fair game as long as it makes you feel relaxed. Just be sure to choose a flat paint instead of a glossy sheen because it absorbs light and feels softer. If you want to add an extra touch of serenity to your room, our ridiculously soft Performance Bedding comes in a few of these soothing colors.
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