Have you ever noticed how some bedrooms seem to have the most relaxing atmospheres? Sometimes it is big glamorous bedrooms on movies, or on reality TV shows, or it might just be the last hotel bedroom that you stayed in. Colours have a lot of impact on where we are mentally. Some colours are bright, designed to shock the system, and others want to tap into your zen mode. That is why is it so important when you are planning your bedroom or maybe trying to find a better balance that you start with the colours.
Firstly, think about the vibe you are trying to create and what suits your personality. There is very little point settling on something that in a few weeks is either too light or too dark. The bedroom needs to be something that envelops you when you walk in, think of it as your in-home sanctuary. Keeping it clean is essential, being surrounded by dust, wrappers, clothing tags or even bed bugs is going to ruin anything you create.
While it might be tempting to stick to blues, because they are touted as the calmest and most cooling colour, that isn’t the be-all and end-all in bedroom design. After all the bedroom is much more than just a place you rest your head, it’s a place for getting ready, a place for reading or relaxing; some people watch telly and others spend time with their partners – whatever it is you do, it is likely more than just taking a nightly snooze.
How does this all work? Well, we have something called ganglion cells in the retina part of our eyes, and these receptors feed information to our brains. Our brains control our 2-hour rhythms and impact how we feel and perform during that time. The reactions sent between sleeping, waking up and daytime is very important. And, while it’s true that the ganglion receptors are more sensitive to blue, other colours have a similar effect.
So, let’s talk about colour combinations:
Blues, whites, and browns. After everything we just said about blue (and the other options available), we’d be remiss not to include it. Keeping the walls white keeps the room light and clean, even on dark days. Using blue accents like rugs, wall hangings, bed covers, and cushions. Where does the brown come in? Dark brown flooring. Carpet it likely to kill the vibe in this one, so you’re ideally looking at real or faux wood floorings. The perk isn’t easier to keep clean and looks much sleeker. Add a few dark wood pieces to your furniture, and you’ll have a perfectly pretty bedroom in no time.
Naturals. Colours like white, cream and soft pinks. It is kind of like unwinding inside an egg. The clean, soft palette can leave towards luxury or relaxation – depending on what textiles you are using. Faux fur throws, silk pillow covers, and some peonies will lead you down the more lux path. If you want some whimsical softness, have voile coverings draped softly across your windows, some fairy lights wrapped around a chair in the corner and a mix of light fabrics like linen and heavier fabrics like chenille or soft wools for throws and cushions.
Yellow toned heaven. You need to be careful with this one; softer yellow tones are up there with blue in terms of what it does for your brain waves. However, if you lean too much towards gold, you’re going to be losing precious hours. Yellow tones throughout a more neutral toned room or combined with blues will give maximum snooze potential. Yellow is generally associated with happiness and joy, so it should have a firm place in the bedroom.
There is a theme with the colours that seem to have the most relaxing potential, perhaps you’ve noticed? They are the colours that you will find more often in nature – blue skies and seas, yellow tones for flowers and the sun, and greens. Green is very soft on the eye. Unsurprisingly (as a combination of blue and yellow) it takes traits from both. It has the cheery nature of yellow, with the relaxing undertones of blue. It is not often that you will find it in the bedroom. However, it is believed that it holds a lot of stress relieving properties and will play a massive part in helping people relax.
It isn’t all about the colour though; it’s about how the room feels. Without the correct design and textural features, you can still be left feeling less than sleepy. So what textures should you be introducing into the bedroom?
Most obviously perhaps, is adding texture with textiles. Adding pillows, pieces of fabric draped over chairs, linen bedding and even burlap. Faux sheepskin has long been a staple of the IKEA masses and works really well with every colour scheme.
Rugs. How many times have you heard “a rug will tie the room together,” probably plenty? Some rooms pivot on that space on the floor. You can place small pops of colour around an entire room, and then find a rug to compliment and tie in all the mini pops. Not overly expensive and indeed a useful design trick.
Greenery. No one is asking you to suddenly turn into Alan Titchmarsh but adding some plants to the room is an excellent idea. Not only do they purify the area, giving you cleaner air in your bedroom, but the naturally improve your mood – so for a bedroom, you can’t ask for more.
Where would we be without books? Well, not only are they great for actually reading, but they work as a design feature too. You can get creative and buy a range of books in the same shade, or perhaps you can line them up like a rainbow. Books tend to make a room look warmer and cosier.
Between great colour choices, adding in some tactile textures and treating the space like a little piece of heaven you can create a gorgeous bedroom in no time.