Jan 08, 2018
by Martin Wiggins and Sophia Ruan Gushée
Many homeowners consider the bedroom the most sacred room in the house. This is the place where everyone goes to recharge after a long day, which is precisely why it should be the first area to detox.
For a healthy bedroom environment, always remember to avoid placing toxic furniture and bedding with chemicals such as formaldehyde, PDBEs, and flame retardants. Since Practical Nontoxic Living has already covered detoxing tips for the bedroom, this article will focus on another important aspect: bedroom colors.
It is no secret that color schemes can transform a room. This is because colors have a certain science behind them. University of Leeds professor Stephen Westland once discussed the connection between color and physiological changes, explaining that the body releases certain hormones after perceiving certain hues. For instance, when the eyes see harsh blue or green light, the body releases cortisol to wake up. Come evening when there is less sunlight, the body produces melatonin which induces drowsiness.
Color psychology is also a common tactic used in marketing and branding. Entrepreneur Magazine relayed the importance of associating colors with brands, especially because 90 percent of people make snap judgements on a product based on color alone. Because of this, there are certain colors that people deem appropriate for particular brands: green for finance or environmental awareness, or white for health care. The same principles apply to room colors.
To bring about a calm, relaxing environment, there are specific hues that are appropriate for the bedroom. This is due to the fact that they may help induce relaxation and sleep. A veteran interior designer on Leesa created a handy guide of colors and their corresponding psychological effects, citing hues like blue, green, yellow, and white.
Blue is the most common color utilized in bedrooms because it is associated with concepts such as water, stability, and calmness. As indicated earlier, our eyes are particularly sensitive to blue, and the perceived notion can affect our daily rhythms and put our bodies to rest.
Yellow is also a popular bedroom color. Because of its cheery nature, people associate it with coziness. The sunny hue is reportedly able to stimulate the nervous system and induce relaxation.
Some bedrooms incorporate green hues because the color communicates freshness, nature, and sometimes health. Overall, green is a peaceful color that can help the brain go into a state of calmness.
Neutral colors are safe choice as well, seeing as they can become great backdrops for the bedroom. White in particular, helps create a light, airy environment because of its associations with clouds, cotton, and cleanliness. Neutrals work with any other color, meaning the person has the liberty of providing all kinds of accents to brighten the bedroom.
Taking everything into account, it can be said that colors can definitely influence your energy levels while in the bedroom. If you are planning to paint your walls soon, remember to use the ones with nontoxic formulas and natural ingredients. If you want more cost effective ways to influence the mood of your bedroom, then consider manipulating colors through the pillows, sheets, blankets, comforters, or art wall in your bedroom. For more tips on detoxing your bedroom, visit Nontoxic Living’s Interior Design detox guide.
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