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What Is The Best Color for Sleep?


Neuttal Colored Bedroom, best color for sleep
Have you ever wondered what is the best color for sleep? After all, every perfectly serene bedroom starts with the right shade of paint. Anyone who has ever watched a popular home makeover TV show knows that neutral shades in bedrooms, like the one pictured above from my Extraordinary Modernist Masterpiece listing are often chosen over more bold colors for their power to calm a space. Feng shui masters have long pondered which shades to use in a bedroom and which ones to avoid, claiming that some help you wind down and relax, while others only rile you up and make you restless. 

Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. The way you feel while you’re awake depends in part on what happens while you’re sleeping. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health.

Sleep also plays an important role in your physical health. For example, sleep is involved in the healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. Sleep deficiency also increases the risk of obesity and impairs driving.
So how do you pick the right paint color for sleep?

The following interior designers share their expert tips:

1) Use Dark Colors
“For a sexy or romantic bedroom, I like to stick with dark colors like olive, deep violet, navy, or charcoal,” says interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn. “For clients interested in calm, tranquil bedrooms, I’m quick to suggest a blue-gray, celery tones, or a layering of white paint with all white furniture and linens. Overall, since bedrooms are meant for relaxation, I try to stay away from high-energy colors like bright greens, deep reds, or bold, tropical hues.”

2) Think Serene and Happy
“In the bedroom, I love a room that’s both serene and happy,” interior designer Kimberly Ayres says. “Go for soft color combinations like duck egg blue and champagne, then add a mix of fresh patterns.” Whatever color you choose, make sure it’s a muted version of the hue, so you’ll never go too bold.” The bedroom above from my Montecito Ocean View Mediterranean-style Charmer is a perfect example.

3) Keep it Timeless
“I love to keep the color of a bedroom simple, timeless and classic,” says Grant K. Gibson. “By keeping things neutral, you avoid trends and then are able to have fun with the other items in the space, like the bedding, throw pillows, side tables and lamps. It’s then fun to be able to add a pop of color to add interest and layers.

What paint colors do you use to promote a better night’s sleep? I’d love to know! Just add a comment below.  I’m also curious about what you’re looking for when it comes to real estate listings in Montecito, Hope Ranch or any of Santa Barbara’s upscale communities. I’d be delighted to show you some amazing properties listed on my comprehensive website. Just call me at 805.886.9378 or email me at and let me help you find your dream home. Once you move in, you can have your bedroom painted the best color for sleep!


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