The three colours you should ALWAYS avoid using in your bedroom if you want a restful night's sleep

A study revealed the bedroom wall colours that could be seriously disrupting your sleep

The three colours you should avoid using in your bedroom if you want a restful night's sleep - picture of a blue bedroom
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Are you struggling to sleep and just can’t figure out why? A recent study has revealed that it could be the colour scheme of your bedroom that is causing your sleepless nights. 

Hotel company Travelodge, recently surveyed over 2,000 UK residents about the colours they've used in their bedrooms and how they affect both their overall mood and sleep quality. From emitting feelings of warmth to inducing nightmares, the findings showed that colours influence us a lot more than we realise.

Allison Hughes, Interior Director at Coast Road Furniture, explains that some paint colour trends are known to alter our emotions and mindsets due to the rules of colour theory. “When it comes to sleep environment, certain colours stand out for their ability to induce calmness and relaxation” she explains. 

So what are the forbidden bedroom colours and why should we be avoiding them? According to the survey, the three colours most likely to have a negative effect on our subconscious wellbeing are purple, dark grey and brown.

The three colours you should avoid using in your bedroom if you want a restful night's sleep - woman painting her room dark grey

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Not only does each of these colours disrupt sleep but they also bring forward their own individual negative emotions and feelings. So if you want to keep up with the bedroom trends of 2023 but keep your peace of mind you may want to avoid them. 

Using purple in your bedroom, whether on your walls or with the majority of your soft furnishings, can lead to an increase in nightmares. This is because the colour is said to provoke mental stimulation which is the opposite of what we’re aiming for when drifting off to sleep. 

Dark grey is said to emit dreariness and depressing energy. However, there is still hope for a grey colour palette. The survey found that light grey or even silver can be incredibly soothing and sleep-inducing when used in the bedroom. And if you’re looking for how to make a bedroom look expensive on a budget, then light grey may be the perfect calming neutral for you. 

Brown on the other hand is arguably the least surprising when it comes to unfavourable bedroom colour schemes as it was found to create a feeling of sombreness and sadness. For this reason, it's recommended you use softer shades of brown or keep brown shades in your room to a minimum. 

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Now we know what colours to avoid, what colours should we be surrounding ourselves with? The simple answer is blue! The colour's positive effect significantly outshone the runners-up, green and yellow. 

Hughes says, “In fact, 58% of Britons with a blue wall colour reported waking up feeling happy and refreshed. The colour blue is said to be associated with calming and soothing feelings, which can even help to prevent nightmares.” So if you're looking to create a tranquil, sleep-inducing oasis, blue is the way to go. 

If on the other hand, cool and calm isn't what you're going for and you're looking for how to spice things up in the bedroom, then the colour red may be more your speed. It has the opposite effect to blue as it provokes feelings of passion and romance when used in moderation.  

Emily Smith
Digital lifestyle writer

Emily joined woman&home as a staff writer after finishing her MA in Magazine Journalism from City University in 2023. After writing various health and news content, she now specialises in lifestyle and home writing where she covers all things cleaning, interiors and homeowning.