When life runs at 1,000 miles per hour, it can be hard to get your brain to shut down. Thoughts of looming to-do list items, an overflowing inbox, world politics, and interpersonal conflicts replaying in your mind ad infinitum can keep you up at night longer than it would take to cross the Atlantic ocean.
If you're finding it hard to wind down at the end of a stressful day, there are things you can do to your bedroom to help you de-stress. We've spoken at length about removing electronics from your room, investing in blackout blinds, and de-cluttering to put you in a more relaxed and clear-headed mind-set, but did you know the colors you introduce in your bedroom can also have an effect on your ability to relax?
Want to create your own serene sanctuary? Here are the best relaxing bedroom colors to try.
Behr Tahoe Blue
This light French blue has a hint of gray. It's the perfect, darker relaxing bedroom color for a room with low natural light. "Pick neutral colors when painting large walls to not overstimulate the energy when you are sleeping," says feng shui expert Laura Cerrano. "This could include beiges, cream colors, and earth tones. You could even include some cool blue tones."
Benjamin Moore Dreamy Cloud
Benjamin Moore's Dreamy Cloud is a beautiful light lavender gray. The hue is a relaxing chameleon color that works well in any room and changes with the surrounding light.
To create a tranquil, serene, and airy escape, pair this hue with all-white bedding and flowing white curtains.
Nurturing is a deep celery green that would look beautiful in a moodier setting, especially if paired with lighter green tones and white. "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," suggested interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn.
For interior designer Kimberly Ayres, it's all about serene and happy colors. "Go for soft color combinations, like duck-egg blue and champagne, and then add a mix of fresh patterns," she recommended. Behr's Kombucha would create a rich relaxing backdrop for a darker room filled with other warm neutral tones.