The National Institutes of Health estimate that 50 to 70 million Americans have sleep or wakefulness disorders. Poor sleep can increase the risk of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, depression and heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you or your child have trouble sleeping – consider color! Whether you are renovating your master suite, updating your teen’s personal space, or planning a nursery, your design might benefit from considering the psychological effects of your color choices.
Colors can have a big effect on our bodies and minds:
- Blue has been known to slow the heart rate and reduce blood pressure.
- Green symbolizes nature, and can promote a restful, calming state.
- Purple often encourages contemplation.
- Yellow can increase cardiopulmonary activity.
- Red can increase blood pressure and the appetite.
Warm Paint Colors Out of the Bedroom
Consequently, red and yellow may not be the best colors to promote a good night’s sleep. Generally, these warm colors should be used moderately in bedrooms, because they stimulate the mind and energize the body. While they promote happiness and comfort, they can make it difficult for already energetic toddlers to wind down.
Cool Paint Colors In the Bedroom
Children who have trouble sleeping or are prone to tantrums may benefit from spending time in a blue room. Blue, green, taupe and lavender may be ideal choices when decorating a bedroom as they can have a calming effect.
Paint and Lighting Are Different
Importantly, while blue and green paint colors can have a calming effect, they should not be used for lighting in the bedroom. You do not want to use blue or green lighting because it is not conducive to sleep, according to a Harvard study.
Personal Preference Rules
While these generalizations about color in the bedroom can be useful, remember that psychological responses of any kind are personal. You, your mate or your child may feel differently about a color based on personal preference. When deciding what color to paint your bedroom, think about both what you love and what colors soothe you and make you feel calm. Involve your mate, toddler or teen in choosing bedroom colors, and a peaceful home may result.