The number 1 rule for a relaxing bedroom: colour matters

Joan Chan
  • Several cultures, including the Ancient Egyptians and Chinese, practised chromotherapy, or colour therapy for healing purposes
  • The hues you use in the place you sleep can help relieve stress and anxiety
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Colours can have a real effect on your mood, so choose wisely

I used to watch vlogs or play mobile games at night thinking that the pleasure they gave me could be a form of therapy, and help me to relax. But the tension and anxiety didn’t go away, and I felt worse.

Then I was told that sleeping in a comfortable bed might help. That a good night’s sleep can help to lower your stress, prevent depression and boost immunity. Also, if you slept better at night, you would be more energetic, sociable and productive during the day.

Sounds sensible, right? But the question is: how can you have a good night’s sleep?

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It may sound a bit Van Gogh if I say “colour your sleep”. Actually I mean “colour your bedroom”. And while it might seem a bit weird, several ancient cultures, including the Egyptians and Chinese, did practise chromotherapy, or colour therapy, for healing purposes.

Modern research has also shown that colours influence mood and behaviour and can be used to balance your life and emotions. Colours can also create a dreamy, comfortable bedroom.

It takes some careful planning, and a colour wheel, so you can easily work out which colours are harmonious together, which are contrasting and which are complementary.

The first thing you need to do when thinking about your new relaxing bedroom is to choose a stress-reducing theme colour. Colours should not be too bright or too dull. Think of hues such as light blue, light green, lilac and pink, which give people different yet soothing feelings.

For example, blue projects a sense of hope and calmness, and green offers a sense of balance and peacefulness. On the other hand, a room containing sharp (warm) colours like bright red and yellow can be described as stimulating and exciting.

The theme colour, the most prominent hue that has the greatest impact, is a critical element of a sleep-friendly bedroom.

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Combining your base colour with two or three harmonising colours is a good idea, as they work together without altering the room’s vibes. Use one of the many online colour wheels to help you to find these colours if you’re not an art student.

You should focus on a colourful yet not-over-the top decoration style, such as matching blue bedspreads with purple or raspberry curtains and cushions. Use different shades of the colours for an even better effect.

After you decide on the main colours, add a few accents to create contrast. Again, the colour wheel is your friend. Placing some warm-coloured accessories in a cool-coloured bedroom can produce a more balanced effect. It is also nice to add seasonal ornaments in contrasting colours.

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For example, in summer, you could put up cooling paintings of oceans along with silver bottles, then use bold, bright, summery cushions in winter. Apart from helping you get your eight hours’ sleep, it gives you a chance to show off your design skills.

Designing a room is an art. But, if you can get it right, your room can be as relaxing as lying on the grass under a cloudless sky. Imagine having that in your life.

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