When we purchased our new home, one of the first things I wanted to do was get straight to painting the walls. For the living room, I wanted to go with an Asian theme, so I chose a deep red. For the bedroom, I left the walls white, but added blue curtains and these totally hip bird wall decals from Urban Outfitters along the entry to our bathroom. The bathroom was sky blue with a tree themed shower curtain, and our guest room: royal purple with bronze and gold décor. One thing I noticed immediately was the different energy I felt when going from one room to the next. It was almost as if I would wake up in a peaceful forest, have breakfast in Japan, then glide into India when making the guest bed. Color does not only play a large part in our mood and energy, but believe it or not, it can also affect our sleeping patterns as well!
Blue | Can you guess what the best color for sleep would be? Studies show the answer is BLUE! When tested, people who fell asleep in a blue room slept for a total of 7 hours and 52 minutes! Chris Idzikowski, the Edinburgh Sleep Centre’s Sleep Expert, offers this explanation: “There are specialized receptors called ganglion cells in the retina part of our eyes, which are most sensitive to the color blue. These receptors feed information into an area deep in our brain that controls 24 hour rhythms, and affects how we perform and feel during the day. That interaction between light, sleep and wakefulness is supremely important.” Blue is also known to slow down heart rate and reduce blood pressure, further enhancing a restful state. When we think blue, we envision the ocean, or vast blue skies. Both bring about feelings of calm and peace.
Green and Yellow | Green and yellow are not too far behind, proving themselves to also be calming on the color wheel. Imagine relaxing in an endless meadow with the sunlight streaming down on your face. Green and yellow are often associated with nature and harmony. These peaceful calming thoughts can trigger our brain to drift off into a lengthy calming sleep.
Purple | It’s time to bring out the paintbrush if you have a wine themed room! Purple is the color that is most associated with lack of sleep. Apparently, purple has a strong connection with our artistic tendencies and is known to stimulate creativity and the unconscious mind. This means sleeping in a purple room is more likely to promote vivid animated dreams or even nightmares; which can result in feeling more tired when getting up in the morning. Good thing I chose purple for the guest room and not the master! We wouldn’t want the guests getting too comfortable!
Brown and Grey | You would think that being earth toned, brown and grey would pave the way for a restful slumber. In fact, it is the opposite. Right after purple, these two bedroom wall colors resulted in less hours of shut-eye when put to the test.
Red | Although red can be a bright and radiant choice, our subconscious mind can sometimes associate this color with danger. Stop signs, red flags, fire. All red and all foreboding. Red has even been linked to high blood pressure. When choosing shades of red or any color, it seems the less intense the better.
Finding the right shade to adorn your walls can definitely help with your quality of sleep. But remember equally as important as sight, are cues from your other senses as well. Don’t be afraid to listen to yourself and your body when selecting the most comfortable environment to enjoy a great nights rest.
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Jenna Kagawa is a Bedding Specialist at SlumberWorld in Kailua Kona. She is the happy mother of twins, Hali’a and Makoa. When not busy finding clients the perfect mattress or chasing her little ones – Jenna enjoys making jewelry, reading, shell collecting, and eating really good food! She is a total social media addict and loves photographing life.