Waking up in the morning can sometimes feel rough, especially if you didn’t sleep properly, and with darker mornings on the way, it’s only going to get harder.
But, did you know that the design of your bedroom can have a major influence on your sleeping patterns?
As we start waking up to dreary autumn mornings, Lucy Ackroyd, Head of Design at Christy, has teamed up with Abby Hesketh, Paint and Colour expert at Graham and Brown, to provide advice to FEMAIL on how you can refresh your bedroom to benefit your personal sleep style.
So, whether you’re wanting to feel more rested and ready to conquer the day, or you’re a night owl who wants to stay productive late into the evening, these are the colours you need to bring into your bedroom to revolutionise your sleeping pattern.
1. COOL BLUES HELP RESTLESS SLEEPERS
A cooling and calming environment such as a cold shade of blue (pictured) can help stop those with restless antics
If you toss and turn all night and frequently wake up on the wrong side of the bed the next day, you could benefit from a cooling and calming environment to stop your restless antics.
‘For the restless sleeper, the best colours to help you wind down and relax tend to be on the cold spectrum,’ explains Abby. ‘These colours are associated with nature, calmness and healing which are all beneficial to a good night’s rest.’
Lucy adds: ‘For those struggling to fall asleep and unwind after a busy day at work, you should consider incorporating cooler earthy colours, like calm-inducing blue and mint green.’
According to the expert, these restful colours ‘promote tranquillity’ and are associated with stability and peace so are the perfect antidote to a restless mind and body.
2. ENERGISING ORANGES SUIT EARLY RISERS
According to the experts, the best colour palette for the early riser would be bright and airy (pictured)
Early risers are often full of energy from the moment they wake up, so their bedroom should reflect their enthusiasm and proactive nature.
A colour palette that reflects their energy and bright outlook on life is essential to make sure they can harness that vibe throughout the rest of their day.
‘The best colour palette for the early riser would be bright and airy, waking up to a fresh environment helps you brush off the cobwebs and begin a productive day!’ Abby recommends.
And according to Lucy, warm sunny colours, such as soft yellow and zesty orange, can make the room cosy whilst also radiating positive energy.
‘These bright sunny colours will match the individual’s sleeping style and enhance their vibrant morning motivation,’ she added.
3. CALMING NUDES OR NIGHT OWLS
Night owls need a colour palette that ‘promotes freshness and serenity’ (pictured), the expert explains
Do you prefer laying in bed during the morning and getting your work done later in the day?
Then you might identify as a night owl, who usually finds themselves most active and productive towards the evening.
‘As night owls prefer a lie-in and are more productive towards the evenings, they need a colour palette that promotes freshness and serenity throughout the whole day to ease their waking hours and help them wind down at night,’ explains Lucy.
‘The colour palette of a night owl’s bedroom should be centred around creamy nudes, such as beige, ecru, and light pastel tones, like soft pink.
‘These colours have soothing and comforting connotations for those staying up late whilst the world around them sleeps.’
4. GREY TONES TO SOOTHE DEEP SLEEPERS
Lucy suggests that deep sleepers should opt for a bedroom colour that reflects a tranquil but stimulating environment (pictured)
If you find yourself sleeping soundly and not being disturbed easily by external factors, like noises and other stimuli, then you’re likely to be a deep sleeper.
This sleeping style is associated with heavier sleep cycles and scientists explain that this is mostly due to increased brain activity, called sleep spindles, that stops external noises from interrupting your sleep.
‘Deep sleepers tend to wake up well-rested, so their bedroom colour scheme should reflect a tranquil but stimulating environment, says Lucy.
‘This will help them switch their body’s functions from total relaxation into a gentle wake-up routine.
‘A bedroom of soft greys and crisp whites will provide a calming start to the day. Complement these neutrals with other soothing but luxurious tones, such as soft elegant gold, to give your bedroom an opulent and comforting feel.’
5. PRINTS AND PATTERNS INSPIRE VIVID DREAMERS
For those who experience action-packed dreams, Lucy advises opting for vibrant patterns (pictured) to keep your mind occupied while you sleep
From polka dots to stripes, there is a plentiful variety of patterns to choose from when it comes to bedroom choices.
‘if you find yourself experiencing action-packed dreams full of excitement, choose a duvet set splattered with patterns or bold prints to match your creative personality,’ advises Lucy.
‘Vibrant patterns can act as a stimulant to inspire storytelling and keep your mind occupied as you kip.’
6. FLORALS HELP BUSY MINDS
Bedding with a floral or a wildlife theme (pictured) can help those who stress to ‘relax and unwind’
Hands up if you ever spend the night tossing and turning with every little worry playing through your head. Well, you’re not alone.
And according to the experts, opting for a floral-patterned room or duvet could help to relax your mind of negative thoughts.
‘If you struggle to sleep due to stress or overthinking about your day and other pressures, bedding with a floral or a wildlife theme can help you relax and unwind,’ she says.
‘The tranquility of garden designs can soon help you soon drift off into a peaceful sleep with the comfort of cosying down into the arms of Mother Nature.’