We have always maintained that designing the interiors of a home are as much about functionality as they are about form. Areas of the home like the kitchen and the bedroom are spaces where the need for practicality in design is far more apparent and essential. A latest survey in the UK regarding sleep patterns and bedroom colors has thrown out some interesting facts. The shades and hues you use in your bedroom do seem to affect the quality and duration of your sleep.
The study across 2000 households revealed that blue tops the list of colors that promise a sound and relaxing nap. Next on the list are yellow and green. The surprise though comes in the form of grey and brown being really down on the ‘colors to use’ catalog as they seem to induce feelings of depression and gloom.
by Draw The Line Design
by Masterpiece Design Group
by Susan Kennedy Design
by Diego Alejandro Design
Let The Blues Kick In!
Feeling a tad bit blue might not be all that bad when it comes to spending time in your bedroom. Blue and its many hues are considered the best shade for bedrooms and those using it seem to get quality sleep that lasts the good 8 hours. Blue bedrooms have always been a favorite among interior decorators and when it comes to kids’ bedrooms they are next in line only to pink. White and blue is a stylish combination that also fits in perfectly with a cool contemporary look.
by IBD Studio
by Clean Design
There are specialized receptors called ganglion cells in the retina part of our eyes, which are most sensitive to the color blue. These receptors feed information into an area deep in our brain that controls 24 hour rhythms, making a blue a perfect fit for bedrooms that induce sound sleep.
by Echelon Custom Homes
While blue can work in many different ways and two-toned walls in blue are simply perfect for the bedroom, yellow is a color that you would want to use judiciously. The study conducted by Travelodge though shows that yellow is second only to blue in offering a good night’s sleep. Part of this is due to the cheerful and bright appeal of the color that seems to wash away all the woes of a hard day’s work.
by Tara Seawright
Sun-kissed neutral interiors and bedrooms with color scheme in cool yellow showcase a pleasant and airy appeal. Yellow is a particularly good choice for small and compact bedrooms as it brings in a sense of visual freshness. On the contrary, lavish décor in gold was found to be detrimental to a good sleep.
by Hughes Design Associates
by Tracy Murdock Allied
by Schwartz and Architecture
Balanced Green Vibes
Green is a hue that is loved pretty much universally and comes next to only blue as one of the favorite colors of leading designers. With green being such an integral part of nature, we tend to feel a lot more comfortable and peaceful in its presence. This is exactly why it figures in the top 3 ‘colors to use’ in the modern bedroom. Lemon green and lighter versions of apple green couple with white and yellow are pretty popular shades. Fresh and vibrant, it is still best to keep the darker versions of green away from the bedroom in an extensive manner.
by Eminent Interior Design
by Michael Richman
by Jessica Risko Smith Interior Design
by Alan Mascord Design Associates
A Steak of Silver
This is a color scheme that definitely surprised a few of us. Bedrooms with silver shades seem to be pretty good for a cool nap as well. The survey says that those who sport bedrooms with silver accents enjoy 7 hours and 33 minutes of sleep on an average. While silver is not a very popular color choice among home owners (especially when compared with the more neutral greys and browns), it might be time revisit that perception.
by Domiteaux + Baggett Architects
Silver does fill a room with sense of fascination and energy and those sporting décor in that color seem to also be more motivated to exercise than others. Now, there is a color tip that also might help with weight loss!
by Decorating Den Interiors
by Darci Goodman Design
Zest of Orange Freshness
Rounding off our list for today is the vivacious and colorful orange. With décor and furnishings in contemporary style becoming more tuned to this sparkling and novel shade, orange is making its way up the popularity charts at a rapid rate. Orange couple with tinge of yellow and ample white is a style that fits any modern bedroom. Apart from bringing in a casual and sporty vibe, orange also induces pleasant and positive thoughts that are perfect precursors to a lovely night’s sleep.
by London Bay Homes
by Emily Jagoda
While the study brings out some interesting question regarding grey and brown as bedroom colors, it also confirms that purple is ‘too stimulating’ for tranquil spaces. Red and gold seem to fall in the same class as well. So, next time you think about re-painting your bedroom, think of colors that put your mind at ease – a perfect case of an aspect of interior design that goes well beyond what meets the eye!
by Chris Pardo Design / Elemental Architecture
by Patterson Construction Corporation