How Colors Affect Mood and Sleep
Do you remember those mood rings when you were a kid? They would change colors depending on your “mood” (really it was just your body temperature and movement). There isn’t much science on how a mood can translate to a color, but there’s a little more research on how colors can affect your mood. Here are a few colors and how they affect your mood and even your sleep.
Red is known as being the color of love, passion, blood, and supposedly the most expensive car color to insure. Truth is, red has been known to raise blood pressure and heart rate, so it’s considered too intense for a bedroom if you spend a lot of time in your room. However, at night with a little dim light, there’s no denying it looks good.
Blue is synonymous with feelings of calmness, relaxation, and often sadness (thanks, Elvis). It’s pretty much the exact opposite of red; it can slow down the heart rate and slow respiration. This is pretty much perfect for a bedroom, in fact, a study done by Travelodge found that people who sleep in a room that’s painted blue slept on average 7 hours and 52 minutes a night, more than any other color.
Yellow, at least the one most of us first think of (and the one in this photo) is BRIGHT! We doubt many people actually paint their room such a bright yellow, but other hues of the color aren’t too bad. In the same study mentioned above, yellow tied for second with another color (cliffhanger!) at an average of 7 hours and 40 min. Not too bad for big bird. Yellow also feels expansive, so perhaps consider it for a small space like a bathroom.
Cliffhanger over, it was green that was tied for second in that study. Green is also the color of nature: trees, grass, watermelon, Yoda; they’re all green. It’s also considered the most restful color to the human eye, and is pretty much suitable for just about any room in the home (just not every room). There was also a study done at Creighton University years ago, which found that the color green positively influenced employee emotion and efficiency, so maybe that’s another way to go.
Orange. The only color that’s also a fruit. What can be said that hasn’t been said already? It’s the color of enthusiasm and stimulation, maybe even more so than yellow.It’s been said that this color increases oxygen flow to the brain, making it ideal for a color to have around while working out.
Purple came in dead last in the Travelodge study, with people who slept in purple painted rooms getting less than 6 hours of sleep, because apparently the color is too stimulating. This might be because purple is rarely found in nature, so it really captures our attention. Because of it being rare, in ancient times (and sometimes still today), purple was associated with wealth and royalty as the dyes necessary to make this this color was more costly.
Black and white have kind of varying, yet opposing affects depending on where you are. In western countries, black is the color of death while in eastern cultures, it’s white. You’d also be hard pressed to find someone who’s painted there room black, as it makes the room really dark and seem smaller than it actually is. An all white room is elegant and makes a room seem brighter and bigger. White can also depend on personal preference, some might see it as pure and elegant, while others find it cold and sterile.
Got a different color that makes you feel a certain way? Let us know which color, and tell us if you think they affect how you feel or how you sleep.