Colour psychology and how it affects your sleep – Independent Online

How the colour of your bedroom may be influencing the way you sleep –here’s how to pick the right shade for you.

Colour psychology is the science behind how colours have the ability to bring out certain feelings and affect the behaviour and well-being of humans. From sunshine yellow to serene blue and earthy greens, the brightness, shade, tint, or tone of colours, as well as whether the hue is cooler or warm toned, all influence emotions.

So, when it comes to your living space, being mindful of your colour scheme can help your interior spaces speak to the ambience you want to create in each room. This is especially important when it comes to home decor. As a space where we spend most of our time, it should be welcome colours into your bedroom that speak to your sleeping style.


Pops of red can help keep the mind stimulated. Picture: Instagram.

If you’re the type of person who strives to wake up at the first blare of their alarm clock, you’re probably a busybody. However, jumping out of bed and using all the extra time productively (and not just scrolling through Instagram) to get most of your to-do list completed before 9am is not always easy. Those first few hours of sunlight are prime time to exercise, study, work, run errands and get that load of laundry washed and dried before breakfast.

To keep your energy up in the mornings, you’ll need a colour palette that matches your busy lifestyle. According to True Value Paint, “Red, the colour of confidence, excitement and energy, is the most psychologically stimulating of colours. Those who like red are passionate, energetic, outgoing and courageous.”

Since red is quite a bold colour and can be stimulating, use it as an accent colour on minor decor pieces like lampshades, scatter cushions, rugs and patterns on bedspreads. This is more ideal than a solid wash of paint on the walls, as they can be swapped out seasonally as your lifestyle changes. Situate this red decor in areas where you hope to be productive such as your study or work desk, workout area (a red yoga mat would be perfect).

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