The best bedroom colours to promote good sleeping habits

From childhood it’s drummed into us that a good night’s sleep is vital for health and happiness, and it turns out to be true.

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A decent sleep gives our bodies a chance to heal, and a lack of sleep is known to also affect our immune systems and eating habits.

Blue to relax

There are the obvious distractions of modern living, which definitely don’t help us, like phones, tablets and laptops, but it seems that the colour of your walls can make a big difference on how well you sleep. Hotel chain Travelodge carried out a survey in 2013 and discovered that people with blue walls slept the best, and this backs up the theory that blue is the colour of relaxation as it evokes calming thoughts of sky and the sea.

Yellow and green also score highly for their relaxing hues, as do soft earth tones. Followers of feng shui practices ascribe to the idea that skin tones on the bedroom wall will help people sleep well, anything from soft ivory and peach to tan and rich brown.

Of course, what people find relaxing varies from person to person and there are a few simple rules to keep your bedroom as calming as possible. If you’re still asking the question ‘how to decorate my bedroom to get the best sleep?’, go to sites like for inspiring ideas.

Stay away from strong bright colours, as these are thought to stimulate our brains, and they can be rather overwhelming for bedrooms. And don’t forget kids’ rooms, which people often decorate with bright colours and bold patterns. Go for stronger pastel shades rather than bright primary shades perhaps. And provide as much storage as possible so that it’s easy to keep the room tidy-ish.

Ban technology

Keep technology out of everyone’s bedroom. It’s so tempting to check messages and emails until the wee small hours, and the blue light emitted by screens is thought to interrupt our brain’s sleep patterns, telling them it’s time to be awake rather than sleepy. If you use your phone or laptop to read ebooks on, check to see if you can turn the blue light off. Some devices have a nighttime or bedtime profile which turns the blue light off automatically between certain times of the day.