Best Colours for Sleep | Resene

After a night spent tossing and turning, there’s nothing worse than waking up feeling like two of the Seven Dwarves: Sleepy… and Grumpy.


Research suggests certain colours are more conducive to sleep, and there’s one colour that stands out above the rest. Key findings from a British survey reveal people with blue-painted bedrooms have the best sleep.


In 2013, Travelodge conducted a survey of 2,000 Britons and discovered, on average, people with blue bedrooms get seven hours and 52 minutes per night. Fifty-eight percent of people with a blue wall colour reported waking up feeling happy and refreshed.


Resene colour consultant, Alex Pederson, recommends using soft greys, greens, blues and nude tones in the bedroom, as all have a soothing and restful feel. Resene Duck Egg Blue or Resene Dusted Blue are both soothing blues ideal for creating a relaxing space in your bedroom.


“Blues are generally receding colours and make the space feel open light and airy,” he says. “Green tones, such as Resene Secrets or Resene Inside Back, are also great for bedrooms. If you are looking for something slightly more neutral, soft greys such as Resene Quarter Atmosphere, Resene Quarter Truffle or Resene White Pointer are fantastic and versatile colours.  To give your bedroom a more cocooning feel, continue your wall colour onto the ceiling.”