Calming Colours To Use in Your Bedroom To Promote Rest

Creating a relaxing and peaceful bedroom environment is crucial for getting a good night’s sleep. The colours you choose for your bedroom can significantly affect your mood, emotions, and energy levels, but it’s also important to remember this can vary from person to person. While some people will find comfort in neutral hues, others may prefer deep, darker tones – equally, your preference might evolve with your lifestyle. Either way,  it’s important to select colours that you personally find tranquil and soothing in order to help you relax and unwind.

If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to choosing your bedroom colour palette, we’ve listed some of the top colours that can be used to create a restful sleep environment to help inspire you. 

1. Blue

While you want to avoid blues at the darker and brighter end of the spectrum, such as turquoise and sapphire, if you’re looking to conjure a peaceful mood, there are many shades of blue that are gentle and soothing. Light blue shades such as Upstate Blue and pastel blue hues such as Louis Blue are naturally calming colours. Pairing these watercolour-inspired hues with natural textures such as linen and wood and neutral colours such as oatmeal and cream will bring out the warmer tones and avoid the scheme from becoming too cold.

Living Room Featuring Satin Painted Cupboard Doors and Fireplace in Annie Sloan Upstate Blue and Primer Red Chair Staging

Photo info/credit: Left – Piglet in Bed, Dusk Blue Linen Bedding, from £45 for a pair of pillowcases. Right – Annie Sloan Satin Paint in Upstate Blue used on wardrobe doors.

2. Green

Certain shades of green can create a soothing environment owing to its association with nature. For a more subdued aesthetic, look towards paler colours such as plant-inspired greens like Coolabah. If you find richer and warmer tones contribute to a calmer atmosphere, you can’t go wrong with Olive Green. Introduce this nature-inspired hue in smaller doses to avoid it becoming overpowering, for example through your bedding or by painting your ceiling, a third of your wall or piece of furniture in this rich, Mediterranean-inspired hue.

Lifestyle Image of Coolabah Green Chalk Painted Chest of Drawers in Minimal, Contemporary Bedroom

Photo info/credit: Left – Piglet in Bed, Botanical Green Linen Bedding, from £45 for a pair of pillowcases. Right – Annie Sloan Coolabah Green Chalk Paint used on chest of drawers.

3. Purple

While you’ll want to avoid the stark purple shades that were popular in the 90s if you’re looking to create a space of calm, duskier purple hues such as Tyrian Plum can have a relaxing effect. Damson purple is an inviting colour that can be introduced gently into your scheme through a statement vintage piece of painted furniture or via soft natural textiles.

Close Up of Annie Sloan Tyrian Plum Wall Paint and Decorative Illustration Frames

Photo info/cred: Left – Piglet in Bed, Elderberry Linen Bedding, from £45 for a pair of pillowcases. Right – Tyrian Plum Wall Paint by Annie Sloan

4. Neutrals

Natural oatmeal-like colours are warm and comforting and can help create a cosy and relaxing atmosphere in your bedroom. If you want to inject some colour into your scheme, but lean towards a neutral look, use oatmeal and beige tones such as Canvas and Country Grey as your base and then add some complementary colours via accessories or pieces of painted furniture. Forest greens (such as Knightsbridge Green), burnt oranges (like Riad Terracotta) and dusky pinks (such as Scandinavian Pink) pair particularly well with neutrals.

Country Grey Chalk Paint used on a wardrobe

Photo info/credit: Left – Piglet in Bed, Oatmeal Linen Bedding, from £45 for a pair of pillowcases. Right – Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Country Grey used to upcycle pine wardrobe. 

In addition to selecting the right colours for your bedroom, investing in quality bedding made from 100% natural materials will also help to promote restful sleep. Linen bedding has many wonderful sleep benefits owing to its natural built-in qualities, including:

  1. Breathability: Linen is a breathable fabric that allows air to circulate, keeping you cool and comfortable throughout the night.
  2. Moisture-wicking: Linen is an absorbent fabric that can wick away moisture, keeping you dry and comfortable if you are a hot sleeper or if you suffer with those dreaded night sweats. 
  3. Durability: Linen is a durable fabric that can withstand frequent washing and use, making it a practical choice for bedding.
  4. Hypoallergenic: Linen is naturally hypoallergenic, making it an excellent choice for people with allergies or sensitive skin.
  5. Comfort: Linen bedding is soft and comfortable, providing a cosy and relaxing sleeping environment.

Choosing the right colours and textures for your bedroom can help promote restful sleep and improve your overall quality of life. Experiment with different colours and natural fabrics such as linen to create a serene, peaceful, and comfortable bedroom environment that you look forward to coming back to every night. 

Discover Piglet in Bed’s full range of linen bedding and other natural homewares or head to their Instagram for more inspiration. 

Written by Rhiannon Johns, Head of Brand at Piglet in Bed.


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