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Want Better Sleep? Paint Your Bedroom These Calming Colors

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The color that your walls will have is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make, whether you’re building a new abode or renovating your current space. This goes double for your bedroom, as it’s where you’ll be spending a lot of time when you're at home. The color that you pick shouldn’t only be based your tastes, but also on its effectiveness to encourage you to relax.

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According to The Spruce, room color affects your mood. While soothing hues in the blue range are often picked for bedrooms, you can still go for tinges in yellow or red if you’re experimental enough, as long as you pick softer or pastel versions of them. Remember that first and foremost, your bedroom should wind you down.

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To help you out, here are a few colors to consider. Don’t be afraid to mix and match!

Dusty Blue or Blue Gray

Soft and calming, this shade of blue gives the feeling of being beneath a quiet evening sky. Blue is a popular choice in bedrooms as it connotes tranquility.

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There’s science behind it as well. According to, ganglion cells, which are “specialized receptors in the retina of your eyes,” are sensitive to blue. These cells are “responsible for relaying information to the part of your brain that controls your body’s 24-hour rhythm.” When it sees blue, it triggers feelings of calmness and safety, and allows your body to relax enough to fall asleep. In fact, people with bedrooms that have blue walls sleep longer than those who don’t.

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Olive, Hunter, or Dusty Green

Shades of green connote nature, and is one of the most restive and soothing colors to the human eye. It also gives your room a cool, clean vibe. While darker and more muted greens generally promote quiet, you’ll want to steer clear of its more vibrant hues such as emerald or neon, as 99designs notes that these can have very stimulating effects.

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Blush Pink

Pink is often associated with safety, tenderness, and romance. Blush pink has become a common pick among those who want to upgrade their personal spaces in the past few years as the millennial style gained popularity, but this tint can also go well with intricate French-inspired designs and décor. This can also be nicely combined with neutrals such as grays, and if you’re a plantito or plantita, your greens would make a nice contrast against blush pink walls.

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RL Tip: You can go all out with brighter shades of pink in other parts of your home for a bit of a statement. Just take a look at this ultra-chic condo in Makati with a mid-century Scandinavian vibe.

Pale Beige

Another common color of choice, pale beige may initially seem boring, but given the right textures, this pick can give your bedroom a warm and cozy vibe that can offer you quality sleep. Beige is quite flexible, so don’t be afraid to add contrasting accents to your space.

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According to Decoist, the right lighting can really bring your pale beige bedroom to life. While nice, open windows a great for that natural glow during daytime, you’ll want your space to retain that coziness at night. “A smart combination of recessed lighting coupled with a bright chandelier or bedside pendant lights should do the trick,” notes Decoist writer Sherry Nothingham. “Make sue though that there are no dull corners as beige bedrooms with poor lighting can quickly turn in to depressing spaces.

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Soft or Dove Gray

Gray may remind you of cold concrete or cloudy days, but having this on your walls can give you the flexible neutrality that can accommodate any kind of décor, while still allowing you restive evenings. Dove gray, especially,  can “visually expand a room, amplify light, and complement sophisticated transitional designs,” according to a feature on Better Homes & Gardens.

A gray bedroom can easily be dressed up differently depending on the accessories you add into it. You can go monochromatic and add more of the same, or contrast it with a slew of colors—from blush pinks (as mentioned above) to bright yellows for a touch of energy. Better Homes & Gardens also recommends the following if you wish to go for a modern look: “use midtone gray walls to spotlight black furniture finishes, deep purple bedding, and khaki and chrome accessories.”

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