Most people use their bedrooms for more than as a place for sleeping – as a study or office, a playroom, or a place to relax with friends. Therefore, the desire is to create a space that is multifunctional, comfortable, and colourful.
However, colour has the ability to affect our emotions. This is especially true for children, who seem extra sensitive to the impact of some colours. When choosing colours for bedrooms, help guarantee a good night’s sleep by considering the following colour information.
Warm colours – such as red, orange, and yellow – remind one of sunlight and heat. Warm colours inspire feelings of comfort and happiness in many people and can make a large space seem more intimate.
To create a calming environment for sleep, limit the amount of red used in a bedroom, as this colour can excite the mind and energize the body. Research has shown that red increases the heart and breathing rates, both of which are not conducive to relaxing and getting a good night’s sleep.
This “social colour” is probably one of the better warm colours to use in a child’s room as it encourages independence, extroversion, and confidence. A warm and friendly colour, orange should not negatively affect one’s ability to rest and relax.
Yellow is associated with feelings of cheerfulness and joy. Soft shades of yellow aid concentration and brighter shades can increase memory. Too much yellow can create feelings of agitation or anger, so use lighter shades and pair it with other colours. Yellow works well with some of the cool colours, especially green.
Cool colours – blue, green, pink, and light purple – have a calming effect and help small spaces seem larger. Cool colours are reminiscent of water and sky. You will note from the following descriptions that cool colours can aid sleep in a number of different ways.
A colour of nature, green sooths and reduces anxiety. Science has discovered that green may actually improve a child’s reading comprehension and speed. This soothing colour lowers blood pressure and heart rates and aids relaxation leading to a good night’s sleep.
Another calming colour, blue decreases feelings of aggression and anxiety and has the same physical effects as green. A colour combination of blue and green in a room creates a perfect environment for children to get a good nap and a restful night’s sleep.
Purple is the colour of wisdom, creativity, and passion, inspiring compassion and sensitivity. However, some are very sensitive to this colour, in which case, it should be used as an accent only.
This cool colour calms when a light shade is used. Paired with a cream or very light beige background, its calming effect works equally well with boys and girls, although it is usually associated with girls.
How you decorate your room could be affecting your sleep patterns. To assure a good night’s sleep, choose calm, soothing, muted shades of both warm and cool colours and use bright warm colours as accents. A careful use of colour can help you and your children get the restful night’s sleep you need.