There’s lots of things to consider when designing or decorating a bedroom. Interior design plays a big role in the quality of sleep and your happiness too. So, it’s important to emphasise your room’s best qualities. One of the key factors to focus on is colour. Chances are you’ve heard the basics of how colours can affect your mood. Warm colours, which include red, orange and yellow, are said to evoke feelings of warmth or even anger. Whereas certain cool colours – blue, green and purple – have been said to make you feel sad or indifferent. But is there any science behind this? And if so, which colours are best to enhance your mood when it comes to your bedroom? We look into the bedroom colour schemes that will make you happy according to colour psychology.
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Does colour affect your mood?
While there isn’t a lot of scientific research behind colour psychology, anecdotal evidence suggests colours can affect mood and even performance. For example, a study on the colours of pills found that warm coloured placebo pills were reported as more effective than their cool counterparts. Also, the use of blue street lights in Tokyo has been said to reduce suicides and street crimes.
So, if colours can affect your mood, what are the best colours to use in the bedroom? It turns out the colours that make you happy could be subjective, with no clear answer for everyone. Discussing colour psychology for Very Well Mind, Kendra Cherry states:
“Your feelings about colour are often deeply personal and rooted in your own experience or culture. For example, while the colour white is used in many Western countries to represent purity and innocence, it is seen as a symbol of mourning in many Eastern countries.”
However, even though the best colours to use for your bedroom are largely dependent on your personal preferences and experiences, there are common trends which are worth exploring when it comes to redecorating a room.
4 happy bedroom colour schemes
While scientific evidence is thin on the ground, experts in interior design have identified the below colour schemes as useful for helping limit anxiety and stress. Take a look at the best bedroom colour schemes to improve your mood:
1. Yellow bedrooms
Incorporating yellow into the bedroom communicates happiness and is also ideal if your room doesn’t get a lot of natural light, as it can mimic sunshine and make the room feel expansive. However, in large amounts, this colour is said to create feelings of frustration or anxiety.
We’d recommend bringing in pops of vibrant yellows to the bedroom with wall art, throws, or a single statement wall. Opt for neutral colours elsewhere to avoid an overwhelming look. Consider calming oatmeal, white, or pale grey for the other walls. You can also incorporate other natural materials such as wood to create your haven.
2. Blue bedrooms
Blue is often considered as calming and serene, which is why it’s a popular colour in bedrooms and bathrooms. Incorporate blue using light shades throughout the walls, as darker blues are said to evoke feelings of sadness.
Talking to Country Living, Sue Kim, a Valspar Colour Expert, states that a sky blue shade is “instantly calming and helps to restore natural rhythms.” She adds: “Growing evidence links sleep to productivity and overall well-being, and blue provides soothing and restorative qualities that can help improve rest.”
If you’d like a slightly warmer blue, consider shades such as periwinkle which has hints of violet. These brighter shades can be brought in through bed linen, cushions, or home accessories. Pair your sophisticated blue tones with neutral colours such as beige or cream to continue the calming mood. Alternatively, experiment with shades of its complementary colour orange for a playful finish.
3. Green bedrooms
Green denotes nature which, according to several studies, has been proven to lift your mood. Bring this earthy colour into the bedroom subtly with the use of plants, or paint a wall a relaxing forest green shade to get the benefits. Further the biophilic trend by bringing lots of wood into the room, try oak shelves, beech bedside tables or wooden frames.
For something a bit brighter, opting for warmer shades such as a yellow-green can leave you feeling energised. Again, don’t use too much of this colour as it might be overwhelming. Try a bold feature wall, or using yellow-green accessories such as cushions, throws or vases.
4. Lilac bedrooms
As well as the above bold colours, opting for subtler shades can also have positive effects on your mood. Lilac brings restful qualities to a bedroom to help you sleep, as can other pastel shades such as blush pink or beige. This subtle shade can be used on all of the bedroom walls as it isn’t too overpowering. Incorporate more exciting colours such as darker shades of purple or hints of its complementary colour yellow. Again, bring these shades in through your curtains, throws or your wall art.
To sum up, there isn’t a lot of scientific research behind how colour affects your mood. However, anecdotal evidence suggests it can affect your frame of mind and consequently your sleep. The best bedroom colours we’d recommend to make you happy are yellow, blue, green and pastel shades such as lilac.
Have you found that your bedroom colours have affected your mood? Let us know in the comments.