These Bedroom Colours Are Your Gateway to a Better Night's Sleep
Many variables contribute to our quality of sleep, like stress-levels and whether or not we exercise. A less obvious factor is what bedroom colours we choose to design or paint with. When selecting paint colours for bedrooms, the first thing to consider is temperature. While warm colours advance toward the eye and appear more active, creating a stimulating effect, cool colours—the hues from blue green through blue violet, most greys included—tend to recede, producing a more calming and relaxing effect.
That said, there's a lot of variation on the cool colour spectrum; a bright green and a pale blue can create spaces with drastically different vibes. If cool colours aren't your cup of tea, warm hues that are light and subtle, such as soft yellows or pinks, can also feel soothing. We turned to a few of our favorite interior designers to hear how they go about selecting paint colours for bedrooms. Don't pick up a paintbrush without reading these expert tips first—we bet you'll love your these designer-approved bedroom colours.
Stick to Dark Colours
"For a sexy or romantic bedroom, I like to stick with dark colours like olive, deep violet, navy, or charcoal," says interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn. "For clients interested in calm, tranquil bedrooms, I'm quick to suggest a blue-gray, celery tones, or a layering of white paint with all white furniture and linens. Overall, since bedrooms are meant for relaxation, I try to stay away from high-energy colours like bright greens, deep reds, or bold, tropical hues."
Opt for Serene Tones
"In the bedroom, I love a room that's both serene and happy," interior designer Kimberly Ayres chimes in. "Go for soft colour combinations, like duck-egg blue and champagne, and then add a mix of fresh patterns." Whatever colour you choose, make sure it's a muted version of the hue so you'll never go too bold.
Keep it Timeless
"I love to keep the colour of a bedroom simple, timeless, and classic," says Grant K. Gibson. "By keeping things neutral, you avoid trends, and then you're able to have fun with other items in the space like bedding, throw pillows, side tables, and lamps. Then it's fun to add interest and layers with a pop of colour."
This story was originally published on August 12, 2017, and has since been updated.
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