Paint Colours to Help You Sleep Better

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Wall Colour Avg Time Slept
Blue 7:52
Yellow 7:40
Green 7:36
Silver 7:33
Orange 7:28
Red 6:58
Gold 6:43
Grey 6:12
Brown 6:05
Purple 5:56

There are so many factors that go into choosing a colour for your bedroom walls: what’s on trend, which colours will make the room look biggest and what will coordinate with your furniture and bedding. But given we spend a third of our lives sleeping, the most important thing you should probably consider is what colour is going to give you the best night’s rest.

According to a study by Travelodge, a UK-based hotel-booking engine, the colour of your walls impacts the quality of your sleep and the most restful colour is blue. Respondents sleeping in blue-walled bedrooms reported an average of seven hours and 52 minutes sleep per night and 58% said they wake up feeling happy and refreshed. It makes sense given the colour blue is known to be associated with calming and soothing feelings.

On the whole, cool colours performed much better than warm ones, with yellow, green and silver coming in just under blue, while brown and purple performed the worst. The researchers suggested that this may be due to warm colours such as purple being great for stimulating creativity, but not so much for winding down at the end of the day. 

While it's helpful to understand the psychology of colour, your personal preferences are equally important; we recommend you consider the science but ultimately choose a paint colour that resonates with you. In addition to the colour on your walls, you should also consider sound, smell and touch when creating a sleep sanctuary. Because let's face it, a quick coat of paint isn't going to help if you're sleeping on the wrong mattress


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