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Should You Use Bright Colors in a Bedroom?

Updated on June 10, 2013
Brightly colored bedroom
Brightly colored bedroom | Source

Decorating for Style vs Sleep

Bright colors are beautiful and stylish, and in small areas like bedrooms, they pop out and take center stage. You can use a color as its own accent piece, and paint costs much less than high end artwork. It's an inexpensive way to make a massive statement.

But do bright colors work well in sleeping areas? Read on to discover how sleep is affected by colors and how to choose the right wall color for maximum rest and comfort, plus a little style to make it livable!

Neutral bedroom using "skin" colors
Neutral bedroom using "skin" colors | Source

Best Colors for Sleeping

Have you ever been to a massive parlor, and seen incredibly loud wall colors in the actual massage chamber? Highly unlikely. The reality is that soothing wall colors promote rest. According to the Better Sleep Council, neutral colors on the wall with splashes of color in bedding and accessories makes the best solution for promoting sleep.

Feng Shui experts agree. Choosing "skin" colors - pale whites, shades of chocolates, and tans - help you feel more like sleeping, and since a bedroom is intended for sleep, it only makes sense that your bedroom should help you get there! features a slideshow of color trends in bedrooms, among the images in the slideshow are:

  • Pale green walls with espresso colored window treatments
  • Pale pink walls and window treatments with a bright pink bed
  • Very pale lavender colored and textured walls and window treatments, with a bright purple upholstered bed and hints of gold in accent pieces
  • Pale yellow and light lavender wallpaper and a matching bed

Beautiful, but is it too bright? Could you really fall asleep in this room?
Beautiful, but is it too bright? Could you really fall asleep in this room? | Source

How Bright Colors Affect Mood

The colors on your wall affect your mood. When you're thinking about using bright colors in a bedroom, consider the following:

  • Oranges, yellows, and reds are going to stimulate you. Avoid using these in your bedrooms unless they are used in accent pieces (not walls or paintings).
  • Purples are relaxing, as are blues and pinks. However, be careful of undertones. For pinks, choose a whiter, paler shade of pink. For purple, choose a shade closer to blue, like lavender, than one closer to red, like fuscia.
  • Greens are calming, but you need to be careful that they lean closer to blue than yellow.

Wanna Go to Sleep?

If you feel relaxed just looking at a picture of it, you know you've nailed the right color scheme.
If you feel relaxed just looking at a picture of it, you know you've nailed the right color scheme. | Source


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    • charmike4 profile image

      Michael Kromwyk 

      7 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Really interesting hub. Our bedroom has off-white walls with a purple feature wall. I now know that it is relaxing. Thanks! Cheers Michael

    • smcopywrite profile image


      7 years ago from all over the web

      i love color and my bedroom is not the exception. thank you for sharing very useful content.

    • sabrani44 profile image


      7 years ago

      Cool hub. My walls are light yellow, I find the colour very relaxing but it does get boring after awhile. The slideshow on the website was awesome, I liked the purple bedroom the best.


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