Sleep experts reveal the colours you should avoid buying bedroom furniture in if you’re trying to promote a calmer environment and improve your sleep.
Choosing a bedroom colour scheme is something that should be thought through thoroughly because the choices you make can potentially act as a factor impacting your sleep, so what colours should you opt for to ensure a restful night?
5 colours to avoid when buying bedroom furniture
‘When it comes to creating a peaceful sleep environment, the colours you choose for your bedroom furniture and decor can have a significant impact on your overall sleep quality,’ says Hayley Thistleton, bedding and sleep expert at Sleepseeker.
‘While personal preferences may vary, there are certain colours that are generally recommended to promote a calming and restful atmosphere in the bedroom.’
1. Bright or vibrant colours
‘Avoid furniture and decor in vibrant hues such as bright red, neon green, or electric blue. These colours are stimulating and can create an energetic or agitated ambience, which may hinder your ability to relax and fall asleep,’ explains Hayley Thistleton at Sleepseeker.
Elaborating further on the colour red, Martin Seeley, sleep expert and CEO at MattressNextDay adds, ‘While red is the colour of love and, therefore, seems like a good shade to have in the bedroom, it’s too overpowering for bedroom furniture.’
‘Studies have shown that the colour red has such a powerful pigment that it can even provoke aggression or anger, which is the opposite of what you want when falling asleep. Instead, you want feelings of tranquillity and for your heart rate to be slowing down.’
If you want to explore that feeling of love and passion that red invokes, Devin Shaffer, lead interior designer at Decorilla suggests exploring with the red colour family, ‘working with muted pinks, coral, and magenta.’
This one might come as a surprise to many, considering that grey feels like such a safe staple for many. However, Martin Seeley at MattressNextDay says, ‘While Mrs Hinch may have made grey the go-to colour for many modern-day homes, unfortunately, this is one of the worst colours to pick for bedroom furniture.’
‘Grey is a suppressive colour and lacks warmth, which can have a depressive effect on the brain due it its dreariness. It’s also a colour that is associated with rainy days, making it the worst colour for those that suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD).’
‘Yellow, especially a lively, sunshine yellow, is too much of stimulating colour to be considered for decorating your bedroom. In small doses and light pops of colour, it can work but should be avoided in large quantities,’ warns Martin Seeley at MattressNextDay.
‘While it’s perfect for a cheerful wake-up, colour psychology has shown that this shade can put you on a state of high alert, meaning you’ll struggle to get to sleep beyond turning the light off. This is because it’s not only an attention-grabbing colour but because it evokes feelings of excitement and energy.’
However, don’t let that get in the way of exploring with colour. Devin Shaffer at Decorilla says, ‘I’m always amazed by the way yellow can work as an accent in a bedroom – as it’s oftentimes only associated with daylight and energy. But by having a few yellow pillows versus a bright yellow bed frame, the colour is able to playfully blend with the neutral colours in the room.’
4. Overuse of dark shades
‘While dark colours like charcoal grey or deep navy can create a cosy atmosphere, using them excessively in your bedroom can make the space feel gloomy and oppressive. Dark furniture and decor should be balanced with lighter colours to maintain a sense of tranquillity,’ says Hayley Thistleton at Sleepseeker.
5. Bold patterns
While this one isn’t directly a colour, the intention remains all the same. Sleepseeker’s Hayley Thistleton says, ‘While patterns can add visual interest to a room, it’s best to avoid bold and busy patterns in your bedroom furniture and decor. Intricate designs or large, contrasting patterns can be visually stimulating and may disrupt the calmness needed for a good night’s sleep.’
As always, take these with a pinch of salt and ultimately, stick to whatever colour scheme works for you and your tastes. If you want to keep things neutral and stick to a grey bedroom idea, then go for a grey bedroom. Similarly, if you want a bold bedroom, then go for that and go experiment with bright colours and patterns.
At the end of the day, advice without seeing what you’re already working with in your current bedroom design can only go so far. Only you’ll know what fits best for your bedroom in relation to your overall living space.