Could Your Bedroom Color Affect Your Sleep?

Color psychology is a tool used by artist, cartoonists and interior decorators to tell a story. This is one of their most powerful tools because every color has a meaning and the ability to affect animals and humans in really interesting ways. It’s not by chance that a raging bull will attack a matador who is waving a red flag. There’s also a reason why raising the white flag is accepted as the international sign of surrender.
If colors have meaning, is it possible the color scheme in your bedroom is affecting your ability to sleep one way or another? Of course it’s possible. With that in mind, you might be interested in some information you could use to create a color scheme in your bedroom that is just as important as what mattress you lay on will hopefully help you get a better night’s sleep.

How Colors Affect Your Mood

People who sleep well on a regular basis are generally the folks who live their emotional, mental and physical lives on an even keel. They are usually in a pretty good mood, which translates to the mind and body being more relaxed at bedtime. So, how do colors affect your mood?
Bulls aren’t the only species that reacts to hot colors like red and orange with rage. Studies have shown that humans exposed to hot colors for an extended period of time seem to be wrought with anxiety, sometimes spilling over into anger and frustration. Pink is a borderline anger color. Bright pinks can incite anger while light pinks can create peacefulness and happiness. While bright yellow doesn’t incite anger or frustration, it can create a sense of hyper-excitement.

Dark colors like dark gray, black and brown are notorious for appealing to an individual’s dark side. Criminals wear dark colors for two reasons. First, these are the colors that permit them to move around at night without being seen. These colors also appeal to the sense of darkness most criminals feel in their souls.
Not to be outdone, there’s a big group of colors that appeal to the softer side of human nature. Colors like light blue, siege, light green, white and pale yellow have a calming effect on the human spirit. People who wear these colors consistently tend to be at peace with their lives.

Selecting the Right Colors for Your Bedroom

Based on this limited education on the psychology of colors, it should be very clear which colors are most apt to promote good sleeping habits. While you want the light in your room to be nonexistent when it’s time to go to sleep, it’s the lighter colors that are going to sooth you in the minutes/hours leading up to the time you finally turn the lights out.

If you wanted to take a conservative approach to decorating your room to promote good sleep, you might want to consider painting the walls standard white or beige colors and build your decorating theme around your walls. If you are looking for something a little more expressive, going with a light blue or light green theme might have appeal. You should consider using these colors on your walls, bedding and the nick knacks you place on the dresser and night stand.
If you struggle to sleep well, you might want to take a good look at your sleeping environment. Fixing color schemes is not a hard thing to do.

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