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Best Bedroom Paint Colours for Good Mental Health

The interior of your home plays a huge role in your everyday life and can affect your mood and energy levels with just the colour you choose for your walls.

22nd February, 2021
by Carl Walsh

Colour has the power to instantly changed moods and attitude, and when it comes to what colour is in your home, this could have a damaging impact on your mental health if you don’t choose correctly.

As we are at home now more than ever, it’s important your surroundings impact your mental health in a positive and calming way.

At Bed Guru, we think it’s important to consider the colour of your bedroom first. The bedroom is the first thing you see in the morning and the last thing you see before you go to sleep at night, and this means that the bedroom interior has the power to determine the mood you’re in as soon as you open your eyes.

This got us thinking, what are the best bedroom paint colours to promote positive mental health? To discover this, we enlisted the help of interior experts:

Positive colours

Blue

Alison Thibault, a designer at Kaleidoscope Design Studio, says this, “I tend to gravitate directly to shades of Blue. Blue is viewed as being a highly relaxing colour and can be particularly helpful in maintaining a positive state of mind because it encourages calmness. I personally recommend lighter more muted shades of blue as they really foster a sense of tranquillity. A blue such as Benjamin Moore’s Serenata would be an excellent choice for creating a bedroom that is focused on your mental health and maintaining a positive attitude as it is not an overwhelming colour but has just enough pigment in it to create a cosy, relaxing space.

blue paint for positive mental health

Yellow  

Andrew Barker, Founder and CEO of Homeowner Costs, suggests yellow could be a good colour to paint your bedroom. He says this, “yellow is the colour of happiness and the sun. It has been proven to increase your hormone of happiness level. The colour adds a spring to your step, especially if you wake up in a bedroom bursting with life. It symbolizes the brightness and warmth of the sun. Yellow will boost your mood and make you feel cheerful.”

Although we think yellow is the epitome of happiness, painting every wall in your bedroom yellow might become overstimulating. So, we suggest creating a feature wall with a muted yellow, such as Farrow & Ball’s Sudbury Yellow.

yellow paint for positive mental health

Neutrals

Paige NeJame, the owner of South Shore Certa Pro Painters, suggests that “warm shades of neutrals with yellow or pink undertones tend to be more calming to the psyche than cooler shades.  Something like Farrow and Ball’s Winborne White conjures up a cosiness not found in cooler whites and neutrals.”

Pure brilliant whites can often look too stark and cold, which can have a huge impact on your mood. If you wake up or go to sleep in a room with pure white walls, you might begin to feel a sense of coldness yourself, which isn’t ideal in the UK climate and could impact your mood straight away.

neutral paint for positive mental health

Green

Daniel Javor, CEO of Next Luxury, suggests that “If you want to feel more harmonious in your life, then choose a shade of green. The colour will help you to feel more stable and joyful. The right shade of green can feel relaxing and safe as it would mimic the colours of nature. The best shade for this would be sage or forest green. If you want to feel energized and sharper of mind, then a mint or lime green is a better choice.”

You might feel put off by painting your walls green because green hasn’t always been an on-trend colour. But in 2021, Green is being dubbed the new grey, and we expect many homes to be lathering their walls in different shades of green for years to come.

green paint for positive mental health

Negative colours

Red

Amira Johnson, Interior Designer at Emerald Doors says that “Red colour raises the energy level in a room, evoking feelings of pleasure, passion, or anger. It also conveys different emotions from love and affection to anger and power. These rousing emotions may activate the mind too much before bedtime, and you would possibly end up struggling to go to sleep.

red paint promotes negative mental health

Black

Ryan Jones, from at Land of Rugs, believes that black is a paint colour we should all stay clear of in the Bedroom. Ryan says this, “Definitely, the worst colour to paint any room in your home is black! The colour black is the hallmark colour of sadness, often associated with mourning which is why people tend to wear black to funerals. The colour black can promote feelings of intimidation as well as sadness. Not a great colour for any home to incorporate!”

black paint promotes negative mental health

Other things to consider:

When thinking about how to design and decorate your bedroom so it promotes positive mental health, paint colour isn’t the only thing you should be considering.

Bed and mattress comfort and length

Do you wake up in the morning with a bad back and neck? This could be because you’re sleeping on a mattress that isn’t the right firmness or length for you.

If you are a tall person and over 6 feet, you might need to consider getting a custom-size bed and mattress. Standard UK mattresses tend to be 6 feet in length, this means for anyone taller than this, a standard UK bed with be unsuitable for your needs.

A bed that is too short for you is likely to give you a bad back and neck because you are not able to lay down in a comfortable position like you would if you had a custom-size bed.

If your bed is the wrong length for you, you might find yourself waking up in the middle of the night tossing and turning. This could have an impact on your mood the next day, and if this becomes a long-term issue, it could negatively impact your overall mental health.

If you are interested in getting a custom-size bed frame, divan base or mattress, you can read more about the reasons why a bespoke bed could be good for you here.

Alternatively, if you want to know more from the experts at Bed Guru, get in touch here.

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