Paint Color Schemes That Encourage Sleep 

September 8, 2021

Are you getting sufficient sleep every night? According to studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and as well as by Sleep Health online, “70% of American adults report that they obtain insufficient sleep at least one night a month, and 11% report insufficient sleep every night.”

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Sleep Deprived Americans

That statistic translates into between 50-70 million Americans that suffer from sleep-related problems. These issues negatively impact men and women, people of all ages and socio-economic class. Seems like very few are immune to missing out on their ZZZs in our “24/7, always-on-the-go society.” 

If you are one of the millions who have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep you may be looking for solutions in all sorts of places. From over the counter and prescription sleep aids to sound machines that drown out the world, most people are willing to try anything for the sake of getting a good night’s rest. 

As a professional painting company, we would like to add one more potential solution that may contribute to an atmosphere of relaxation and calmness for your bedtime routine – a bedroom painted in a color scheme that encourages sleep! 


The Best Color For Sleep: Blue

You may be wondering how a paint color on your walls could impact your sleep. Well, psychologists have been studying how color affects mood for years and years. 

Two major studies looked into the question of which color lends itself to a better night’s sleep and came up with a similar conclusion. Blue is the best color scheme for your bedroom if you are looking to improve your overall sleep. 

A study of over 2,000 Travelodge hotels helped determine which paint colors can help and hurt sleep. The study reported that “guests with blue rooms slept approximately 7 hours and 52 minutes.” That’s an impressive amount considering the average adult gets nowhere near that amount on a regular basis. 

The study also showed that, “Nearly 60% of those guests reported waking up happy in a blue room.” 

One of the conclusions reached in this study was that blue was deemed to be the best color for sleep. “Hands down, the best bedroom color for sleep is blue. Blue is a calming color and calm is conducive to sleep. More than that, your brain is especially receptive to the color blue, thanks to special receptors in your retinas called ganglion cells. These are more sensitive to blue than any other color, so when they see it they send a message to your brain that you’re in a calm environment, lowering your heart rate and blood pressure.”

Additionally, a 2018 study of wall colors in university residence halls showed that, “all shades of blue can evoke a tranquil atmosphere, but stick with lighter shades on your bedroom walls for the best effect.”

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Runners Up 

It’s worth mentioning that in both of these studies, green and yellow came in a close second for encouraging a calming and happy atmosphere conducive to deeper and longer periods of sleep. In both instances sleepers found that they were rested and upbeat in the morning. 

If you find that you need a better night’s sleep, consider these three colors for your next bedroom paint project. You’ll thank us in the morning! 


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