Here’s a figure that might surprise you: one in four of us suffer from a chronic sleep issue, while nine out of 10 of us report waking up at least once a night.
There are many reasons for this, from feeling too hot or cold to stress, anxiety and a brain that just won’t shut off.
Here’s another reason – the way your room looks. Experts believe the colours on your bedroom walls can have a huge impact on your mood, mental wellbeing, even how you sleep. While some shades evoke relaxation, others can stimulate the mind and make you more awake.
That includes shades such as bright reds and oranges because, say those who know about these things, the brain associates red with intensity, passion and danger, which aren’t great for sending you off to the land of nod.
We asked Resene paint expert Jay Sharples about five of the best colours to paint your bedroom to help ensure a good night’s sleep.
No need to be blue
“There’s a reason blue is one of the most popular colours for bedrooms,” says Jay. “Blue is associated with feelings of calm and serenity and research shows that it can reduce the heart rate, which is helpful when it comes to drifting off to sleep.”
While all shades of blue get the ‘helps with sleep’ tick, Jay suggests opting for lighter shades such as Resene Duck Egg Blue and Resene Half Periglacial Blue. If, however, you’d prefer a darker blue, try Resene Coast which can help create a more relaxing and deeply cocooning ambiance, without being too overstimulating, which darker colours sometimes can be.
At the similar end of the colour wheel is green which is also a good shade for bedrooms because it’s said to be the least demanding colour on the eye.
“Green also connects us to nature and bringing in the outdoors is a good way to make you feel relaxed and create a sense of tranquility,” says Jay. So if you’re looking to create a restful feeling in your bedroom, reach for Resene Rainee or Resene Secrets.
Opting for a darker green paint, such as Resene Half Rivergum, can also lend a cosy atmosphere.
It’s all white
For many of us neutral walls are where it’s at. Not only do white, taupe, beige and mushroom shades cast a relaxing, calm light, they can also help to create a stylish, airy sanctuary.
“Choosing neutral colours for your bedroom can not only make a room seem larger but can also bounce the light around it depending on which way it’s facing.”
Pink is becoming more common as a neutral because experts say it is a colour that evokes calm, nurturing emotions.
“Pink is a physically calming colour but is also playful and nostalgic, taking people back to their childhoods.”
So if you’re the sort of person who ends each day a stress ball of tight muscles and frazzled nerves, then a soft, muted pink could work for you.
Fade to black
It might not be the most obvious choice, but experts say that black – or charcoal – walls can make your bedroom appear larger and cosier, and may even improve your sleep.
However, there are tricks to making these dark hues work and avoiding the room becoming too oppressive.
“I’d suggest painting the walls in a soft black, such as Resene Element, and pair it with a warm contrasting off-white such as Resene Half Bianca. This will give good balance and create an elegant and calming look.”