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Does Your Bedroom Color Affect Your Sleep Quality?


Modern bedroom with painted blue walls featuring a bed with white linens and blue pillows and headboard

If you read our blog often, you know we regularly discuss how big a player your bedroom environment is in getting a good night of sleep. This extends well beyond your mattress and even your pillows and sheets. One big factor is actually the color of the room. How can something you don’t even see when you close your eyes to fall asleep have such a big effect on the quantity and quality of your slumber? We’re glad you asked! Before we get more into the best bedroom colors for sleep, let’s first discuss how color can affect you.

Bedroom Color and Your Sleep Quality

Color has the ability to affect our mood, and our mood in turn affects our sleep. When we’re anxious or angry, we have a harder time falling asleep. This makes sense from a biological perspective. When compared to when we’re relaxed and happy, feeling “hyped up” makes sleep feel elusive and difficult to achieve. Colors can and do produce these feelings! Whether you want to repaint your bedroom or buy new bed sheets, make sure to surround yourself with colors that will help you doze off easily and wake up feeling happy, healthy, and refreshed. 

How to Choose the Right Bedroom Color to Improve Your Sleep Quality

Understanding the way these colors affect your mood can help you manipulate your sleep space for better sleep. This is more than just red or blue. The individual shades have a big impact as well. For example, pastel and muted shades are typically better for sleep than more vibrant ones, as bold colors can have an energizing effect.

Best Bedroom Colors for a Good Night's Sleep


Over and over again, experts will tell you that blue is one of the best bedroom colors for sleep! Blue brings about feelings of calmness and serenity. One study by Travelodge found that households that have blue bedrooms enjoyed the best night’s sleep compared to any other color. Having blue in your room can make you feel safe, relaxed, and calm. Painting your room blue is an obvious way to incorporate the hue, but you can also find blue accent pieces, rugs, and bedding. One of our favorite options is Malouf 600tc Cotton Blend Sheet Set in the color Ash, which is a blueish grey. Top these sheets with the Blue Ridge Home Reversible Microfiber Down Alternative Comforter in Navy/Light Blue!

Light Pink

This is one of our top color choices for finding the best bedroom colors for sleep, especially if you pick a soft muted pink color that is more natural and close to a skin tone. If you lead a hectic, stressful life, consider adding some light pink to your bedroom. No, this won’t make your room seem like the nursery for a baby girl if you do it correctly. In fact, the principles of Feng Shui suggest using gentle colors that are similar to skin tones because they give us a calm zen-like feeling. The PureCare Zensory Duvet Cover in Soft Pink is perfect!


Beige is another color that is peaceful and natural because it resembles hues you would find in nature. Earth tones are incredibly calming to our minds. Beige is plain and quiet, making it the perfect backdrop to other accent pieces that “pop.” Beige walls and a PureCare Premium Bamboo Sheet Set in Sand color on your bed means your bedroom is warm, peaceful, and serene.


Green is another fantastic option because the right shade feels natural and peaceful. In studies, participants in a green room slept nearly 8 hours straight, plus woke up feeling upbeat and positive. Green is an organic color that reminds us of nature, putting your mind at ease for the night ahead. We recommend sticking to a sage green as opposed to a bright, unnatural green. Sage green is softer and muted, making it better for sleep. One of our favorite green bedding options is the Madison Park Freeport Jacquard Palm 7-Piece Comforter Set.


White doesn’t have to make you feel like you're sleeping in a hospital room! White is clean and polished, which can bring you both comfort and hope. When you rise in the morning, your new day is brand new and fresh, just like your walls! There’s something incredibly comforting, both physically and mentality, when we feel like we’re in a clean space. There’s no shortage of options to decorate your bedroom in white, from the SFERRA Celeste Cotton luxury linens collection to the Kathy Ireland Home White Goose Feather and Down Comforter and beyond.

Because color can make you feel a certain way, why not fill your bedroom with shades that can emit calmness and promote sleep? Save the bright, bold, emotion-inducing colors for other rooms of your home and keep your bedroom a slumber oasis. When you’re getting the full eight hours of sleep you need, you’ll be so thankful you took the extra time to find the best bedroom colors for sleep!