Keeping colour schemes current has always been a must for designers, homemakers and hospitality, and fortunately for us, Pantone’s 2018 Colour of the Year — Ultra Violet — has put decor, design and home makeovers on many people’s radars, and spring’s the best season to get stuck in.
If DIY and renovations are on the agenda, you may want to break out the colour wheel along with the paintbrushes and power tools, because the colour of your bedroom plays a part in the quality of your sleep.
It’s crucial to keep bedrooms as inviting and welcoming as possible to stimulate relaxation at the end of the day – this extends to hotel rooms, B&Bs and university halls too. As a space for sleep, making sure the decor doesn’t disrupt the main purpose of the room is incredibly important. And it’s all about making the right colour choice; some colours are better suited for bedrooms and you may want to keep these in mind.
In the design world, soft and muted tones such as light blues, pastel pinks and greys are said to be relaxing, whereas brighter tones like zesty oranges, greens and yellows are thought to be stimulating. If you’re thinking of freshening up your walls, a lighter shade may be the best option.
Having said that, if you prefer bold statement colours, remember that accessories and soft furnishings can add splashes of colour to your room – consider keeping the walls pale and adding colour accents with cushions and throws. Keeping it simple rather than having four bright walls in Ultra Violet will make a room much more suitable for sleeping. It will also give you the flexibility to change your colour scheme quickly in the future by simply switching a few accessories around – maybe when Pantone’s 2019 colour is announced!