When picking your bedroom decor, the colour scheme may make a difference if you want to get more sleep or improve your love life.
A recent survey conducted by Travelodge revealed that certain shades can stimulate or relax sleepers, and their effects last beyond night time. After polling 2,000 guests on their evening habits, the hotel chain found some surprising results. Check out their findings, and start planning your next makeover accordingly.
People with blue bedrooms got more sleep than any other colour. It’s not just coincidence, either, specialised receptors in our eyes — the same cells that inform our brain’s daily rhythms — are most sensitive to the colour blue. Blue is also associated with calmness and it can lower your heart rate and reduce blood pressure.
Surprisingly, the second-best colour for sleep is yellow. The sunny hue stimulates the nervous system, encouraging relaxation. Plus, the cheery shade creates instant coziness.
An earthy green isn’t a shabby pick, either. It was the third best colour palette for sleep, and 22 percent of respondents who slept in a green bedroom reported waking up feeling upbeat and positive.
People with silver bedrooms like the luxurious yet soothing metallic tones, but they can have an unexpected side effect. A fifth of respondents with silver décor said they’re more motivated to exercise in their bedroom.
Shades of orange add warmth and create a relaxing atmosphere that can aid digestion – especially if you’ve eaten a big dinner. The colour helps warm and relax body muscles, which is essential to getting a good night’s sleep.
People with purple bedrooms are the least rested of all, getting on average a measly five hours and 56 minutes sleep per night. The rich colour is actually very mentally stimulating, making it difficult to switch off after a busy day and potentially causing vivid dreams or nightmares.
The colour isn’t as cozy as you think — it can make residents feel isolated, uncomfortable, and restless.
Dark gray isn’t a good choice, either. Besides its dreary connotations, the survey found people with gray bedrooms spent the most time online shopping in bed instead of catching up on sleep. Light Brown Romantics, take note. Couples who sleep in a bedroom with caramel décor have reported a much more active love life, more than any other colour.
And contrary to popular belief, red bedrooms are actually the worst for romance — these residents reported the least active love life. Gold
It may sound cliché, but bankers and other finance workers were more likely to feature gold décor in their bedrooms. The glitzy metal is associated with wealth for a reason!