The idea of colours affecting our moods is nothing new – it’s long been known that deep shades of red, for example, can stimulate the appetite, while soft blues are known to be calming and relaxing. But did you know that the colour of your bedroom could actually affect your sleep? And, it would seem, this might be even more true for children, who researchers believe might be even more susceptible to the mood-altering effects of certain colours than adults.
Children’s Bed Shop believe choosing the optimum colours for your child’s – and your – bedroom could help your family sleep well and wake up rested and ready to face the day.
Warm colours, such as oranges, reds and yellows, can comfort us and make even the largest rooms feel more cosy and welcoming. Not all warm colours are created equal, however, and some shades are more conducive to a good night’s sleep than others. Red is known to be an energising and invigorating colour, so it’s probably not the best choice for a bedroom. Splashes of red are fine, but avoid painting entire walls in bright red. If you’re determined to use warm colours, orange is a better choice. It’s far less likely than red to interfere with sleep. Yellow is another warm colour that can work well in a bedroom and is associated with feelings of happiness. Stick to more muted shades, though, and avoid bright yellows. Yellow in softer tones is a popular choice for nurseries and creates a pleasant, sunny atmosphere.
Cool colours, such as green, blue and pink, are a great choice for smaller bedrooms, as they can make rooms appear larger than they actually are. Cool colours are generally considered calming and less stimulating than warm shades. Blue is probably the most famous calming colour, and research suggests it can help soothe anxious minds. According to a past survey in the Daily Mail, blue is said to be ‘linked to calm, soothing feelings and is thought to slow the heart rate and even reduce blood pressure’. Green has similar powers and is even believed to be able to help lower blood pressure, greatly contributing to a relaxing night’s sleep. Pink is another cool colour, but stick to lighter shades. If you prefer a mix of colours, combine complementary cool shades for a harmonious and relaxing feel. Pale pinks and greens are particularly attractive together, for example.
While muted shades are most conducive to a relaxing bedroom environment, don’t be afraid to add splashes of brighter, more vibrant colours. Painting walls in cool, soothing tones, investing in a quality children’s bed, then adding textiles or accessories, in warmer, richer shades is a good way to ensure a good night’s sleep and also keep the decor fun and interesting.