If you’re choosing a new duvet cover or freshening up a bedroom, what goes through your mind? Do you choose colours to suit a certain scheme, such as a nautical theme? Or how about the freshest looks hot from major influencers? Others of us opt to leave colour out of the equation altogether, preferring a hotel-luxe all-white bedroom look.
But what about the psychology of colour when it comes to your bedding? Might the colour of your duvet cover affect the way you sleep?
What’s the deal with colour psychology?
Colour psychology deals with the way we respond to different colours. Our emotions and even behaviours are believed to be affected by colours. A lot of colour psychology is also believed to be cultural too. For instance, white is a sign of cleanliness and purity in the West, whilst in Eastern cultures, it’s the colour of mourning.
There is evidence to suggest that some colours affect our brains in different ways. This is because some of the cells in our eyes send information to a part of the brain which doesn’t form images. Instead, this part of the brain – the hypothalamus – is responsible for a number of hormones which regulate behaviours such as temperature, sleep and hunger. It’s a relatively under-investigated aspect of our brains, perhaps this is what makes it so intriguing.
The best duvet cover colours to help you sleep better
There’s no doubt that certain duvet cover fabrics can help you sleep more comfortably. Pure cotton or linen duvet covers help stabilise your sleeping temperature by wicking away excess moisture as you sleep. But what about the colour?
People who sleep in blue bedrooms are believed to get more sleep than people who sleep in bedrooms of any other colour. That’s according to a survey ran in 2,000 homes across the UK. Blue is linked to a sense of calm and is believed to help slow your blood pressure.
The colour of nature and rejuvenation is known to reduce anxiety. Which probably accounts for the way it supports a good night’s sleep.
The best duvet cover colours for an energetic start to your day
Waking up raring to go isn’t just about mindset, it’s also about having a good night’s sleep beforehand. With this in mind, choose duvet cover colours that balance their sleep-inducing properties with cheerful, energetic associations.
Choosing a yellow-toned duvet cover will help you drift off more easily. It’s also a warm, positive colour that will have you jumping out of bed raring to go the next morning. If a bright yellow duvet colour is too much, consider a soft cream or a beige with yellow undertones.
With some of the same cheerful associations as yellow, orange is a positive and stimulating shade which will help you get started the following morning. Similar to the warm glow of sunsets and sunrises, it’s easy to see why orange works well in a bedroom.
The best duvet cover colours to spice up your love life
As you’d expect, colour psychology extends to our feelings of desire. So, investing in a suitably coloured duvet cover might help you inject a little more passion into your life.
Pink has been shown to have a calming effect on our nerves. In fact, the longer we are exposed to it, the calmer we become. Introduce a pink duvet to your bedroom and you’ll be helping promote feelings of love, playfulness and kindness… all ingredients for more pleasing romantic encounters.
One study found that people with purple bedrooms had sex more often than people with any other bedroom colour. But you may want to be careful what you wish for. Purple is believed to stimulate the mind and can lead to trouble dropping off.
Colour psychology is certainly worth considering next time you choose a new duvet cover for your bedroom. But what if you can’t bring yourself to move away from a classic white duvet cover? Then add colour with throws, bedspreads and cushions. You could even consider adding a complementary flat sheet under your duvet cover for a hint of colour. Click here to view our range of flat sheets.