Best Bedroom Colours for a Good Night's Sleep

How to use colour to promote a good night’s sleep

For many of us, getting to sleep isn’t always an easy task. There are still so many things that can stimulate our minds even when the lights go down.

Luckily, as well as a good sleep hygiene routine, certain colours can make it easier for us to fall asleep. These tones have the special ability to calm our minds, relax our muscles and even lower our blood pressure. So, let’s start exploring the best bedroom colours for a restful night’s sleep…


Green is a reminder of all things nature-related; it can be a perfect way to help create a serene haven that’s reminiscent of the outdoor world. Being in nature can encourage us to relax and switch off, so there’s no better room to decorate green than the bedroom.

Whether you pick a dark, leafy shade or a soft pastel, be sure to select something that evokes memories of some of the natural places that are most special to you.


The best bedroom colours for sleep are those that instantly send us into a state of relaxation and calm. And certain shades of blue have the ability to do just that.

Studies have shown that blue can promote a calm mood, so it’s easy to see why it’s an ideal colour for your bedroom. It could also encourage tiredness, which is why blue has been recommended as a bedroom colour for people who suffer from insomnia.

Lighter options tend to work better in a bedroom and can be paired with warm whites and natural fabrics for a clean, fresh feel.


While purple is believed to be too stimulating for a bedroom because of its creative and energising properties, a soft lavender is a great alternative and won’t affect your sleep in the same way because of its muted tone.

As a plant, lavender can aid sleep by assisting in the production of melatonin. It makes sense that its colour has similar properties too.

Lavender is also a really refreshing colour with springtime associations, so not only will you go to bed each night feeling relaxed, but you’ll also wake up refreshed and ready to have a productive day.


While pink may not be your initial first choice when it comes to choosing a calming bedroom colour, it’s important to remember there are many shades of pink to choose from - not just the bright fuchsias that might first come to mind.

Blush pink, coral and salmon are all great shades for a bedroom as they add a great depth of warmth and comfort in contrast to other colours. Pink is also believed to promote feelings of peace and happiness. What could be better when you’re trying to drift off into a lovely, relaxing sleep?

Colours to avoid

It’s worth mentioning that while there are some bedroom colours to help you sleep, there’s equally a handful that could have a detrimental effect.

Anything overly vibrant is bound to be too stimulating for a sleep environment, so avoid bright reds, oranges, purples and neons for a start. Red is especially best left out of the room because it is often associated with danger or anger – the last two emotions you want to experience as you try to get some shuteye.

Blacks, dark greys and dark browns might also not be the best choices as they are cold colours that could result in a low mood or uncertainty. 

Get a better night’s sleep with Hammonds

When creating your calming bedroom interior, it’s also important to consider how space and storage might be affecting your sleep. A bedroom that is cluttered and unorganised will impact your ability to switch off and relax before bed, no matter what colour it’s painted. Therefore, organising your bedroom with fitted wardrobes and built-in cupboards will ensure that everything can be put in its place at the end of a busy day.

Our team are experts in bedroom storage, plus we can help match the colour of your furniture to fit in with your chosen scheme. Book a free design visit with us for help creating a bedroom that promotes sleep and contains practical storage solutions.