Have you ever wondered if the color of your bedroom affects your mood? Well, in many cases, it can. Studies show that certain wall colors can be more beneficial to our moods and personalities than others. When making your selection, taking into account the type and purpose of the space is key to choosing the right color. If you’ve been feeling a little drained whenever you step into your bedroom, it might be time to change your room color or add a revitalizing accent wall.
For office colors, blues are known to keep you focused and refreshed whereas white can be a bit draining. For your bedroom, however, blues can make you feel calm, while greens awaken and refresh the mind. Your routine and personality can also work best with certain colors as they can complement your natural mood and lifestyle. Whatever your goals are for your bedroom, keep reading to find out how you can paint your bedroom walls to set your ideal mood.
How To Choose The Right Color
Although all bedrooms have the same purpose, various routines, preferences and personalities have to be taken into consideration when selecting the right color. Before you begin, put together a list of your personality and lifestyle traits. Here’s a list of questions to get you started:
- Are you a morning person or a night owl?
- Do you wake up right away or hit snooze several times?
- Do you fall asleep as soon as you get in bed or have trouble sleeping?
- Do you open the blinds as soon as you wake up or slowly ease into the day?
- Do you feel drained around white or bright colors?
- Do you prefer uncluttered, minimalist spaces or eclectic decor?
Popular Bedroom Colors And Their Moods
In order to help you paint your perfect room, below are some popular bedroom colors and the moods they’re known to encourage. When selecting a color, keep in mind the intensity of the shade and your personal style. If you prefer bold and unique bedroom color combinations and decor, be sure to select complementary moods. If you like to keep things light and minimal, choose a shade that will set your desired mood year-round and one you can easily refresh with simple decor.
Whites to light-medium beige are great neutral colors that don’t tend to have much of an effect on mood. If you like to change your bedroom decor often, we recommend going for a shade like this as it can be easily matched with any style and pops of color. A fun accent wall or eye-catching wall art is an easy way to make your room look put-together and chic. These shades are also great for practical people who enjoy the feeling of clean, bright and open spaces.
Blues are known to be calming and relaxing. It’s one of our top choices for bedroom and bathroom walls as it can bring down blood pressure and encourage a feeling of ease. If your room does not receive enough natural light or if you often read at night, go for pastel blues as they will keep your room looking bright.
They can also make any room look and feel a bit cooler so it’s a great option for those of you who live in hot weather. To encourage a serene and cozy atmosphere, go for warmer blues like ultramarine, cobalt and periwinkle. We recommend staying away from deep, dark shades if you’d like to avoid constantly feeling blue.
Perhaps the most stimulating color choice, red is great for increasing energy levels and creating excitement. As red is very intense, it can often drain your body’s energy so we recommend using this color sparingly in the bedroom. One accent wall will do the trick to energize you in the mornings. Reds also stimulate conversation and creativity so if you have a desk in your bedroom or often study on your bed, this shade can get you in the right mood to bring out your best ideas.
Yellow can be an incredibly uplifting and exhilarating shade. If you’re a morning person who likes to open the blinds the minute you wake up, yellow is a great choice. It will match your natural morning mood and get your days off to a good start.
Although yellows represent joy and happiness, studies have found that too much of this color can create frustration and uneasiness. For bright yellows, we recommend a wall or two and if you’re planning on painting your entire room yellow, go for a softer pastel shade.
Greens are excellent for every room in the house. They make us feel calm, refreshed and soothed. Green is known to attract prosperity and fertility while encouraging togetherness and comfort, making it the perfect color for couples with kids. We also recommend green for those who have trouble waking up or falling asleep as greens have a mind-clearing and restorative effect on moods.
When we think of purple bedrooms, we normally picture lighter shades like lilac, lavender and wisteria. These tones of purple make us feel comforted, calm and well-rested. Lighter purples, similar to greens, are flexible shades that work for early and late risers as they have both soothing and revitalizing qualities.
Although darker purples, like plum and wine, give rooms a much more sophisticated and luxurious feel, they can often lower our energy levels. Keep these shades limited to an accent wall or behind your desk to encourage creativity.
A bright and surprisingly cleansing color, orange shades are great for pops of color in the bedroom. Since orange isn’t known for helping us unwind or feel calm, we recommend this shade for early risers who have no trouble falling asleep. Vivid oranges are great for stimulating the mind and making you feel excited to start your day. For a rustic and personalized look, pair with large, wooden wall art.
Not a very popular choice but color psychology often recommends having black accents in your bedroom or office as it’s a very grounding and strengthening shade. It’s a confidence-boosting color that helps us focus and feel in control. A black accent wall can make any bedroom feel extravagant and chic, especially when paired with the right decor such as metal prints or a unique family photo wall. To balance out the darkness, be sure to pair with white or neutral walls.
Studies have shown that people often exposed to soft pink feel calm and relieved of any anger or feelings of aggression. If you would like to experiment with this so-called “Pink Effect” yourself, apply it to some or all walls in your bedroom. Tone town with muted decor like a brass or rose gold bench at the end of your bed or a soft gray fleece blanket. Pinks are also known to encourage playfulness and feelings of kindness, making them a flexible color for all personalities and lifestyles.
Another great color for those who like clean and open bedrooms. Muted and pale grays achieve a Zen-like atmosphere and can make a room seem a little more spacious. It represents peace and balance so it can be ideal for people who have trouble sleeping.
Lighter shades tend to make a room feel calm and airy while darker grays give a more masculine and sophisticated look. As a neutral color, it makes it quite easy to decorate a room with a few bright pillows or a statement word art wall.
Colors are an easy way to give your bedroom life and help you set your ideal mood. Whether you prefer cozy warm shades or something more refreshing and cool, finding the right color is only a matter of knowing what works best with your lifestyle. Once you’ve chosen the right color, get creative with some fun DIY bedroom decor or a unique indoor plant display.