No, you don’t see much with your eyes shut and the lights off. But picking the right colors for your bedroom can affect your sleep, mood and more.
Leatrice Eiseman is the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute and founder of the Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training. She had lots of tips during our recent Home Front chat, including suggestions for bedroom colors. Here is some of the advice she shared with readers.
●If you want some rest and relaxation, think blue
“Conventional wisdom has it that the best shades for relaxation in a bedroom are in the blues and greens, or any variation of those two shades.”
If you’re not a fan of blue, she added, consider periwinkle.
“It’s the happiest of the blue tones because it has a slightly red base to it and that is what introduces a bit of energy into the space,” Eiseman said.
● Be wary of ‘warm’ colors in a bedroom
“One thing to bear in mind is that an interior can become too warm, sometimes uncomfortably so (especially in summer), so a bit of coolness should always be injected,” Eiseman said.
You can add cooler shades, such as green, in patterns and prints in your bed linens, she added.
“Remember that Mother Nature often uses green as a neutral color,” she said. “It provides a cooling background to all other colors in the spectrum.”
● Neutral doesn’t have to be boring
Though Eiseman said she normally shies away from neutrals, she suggested a warm taupe for a bedroom with beige and cream bedding and pink euro shams.
“This is non-gender specific, will work well with your other colors and won’t darken the room.”