COLOUR ME CALM
Calming and cool colours will promote a restful sleep, according to Cheryl Fingleson from The Sleep Coach.
“Specialised receptors in the retina of your eyes are most sensitive to these types of colours — specifically blue,” she says. “Blue is associated with feelings of calm which, when picked up by these receptors and relayed to your brain, helps reduce blood pressure and heart rate.”
If blue isn’t your colour or doesn’t fit in with the styling of your bedroom, keep to relaxing shades and cool colours such as silvers, grays and cool neutrals.
“You want your bedroom to feel like a sanctuary, a place to unwind at the end of a busy day and these shades will help you achieve that,” says Ashley.
Natural materials such as timber, a chunky wool throw and even a plant can also create calm.
“You can go an extra step to achieve this feeling and add some special elements such as a textured throw, a sweet-smelling candle and a posy of flowers on your bedside table,” Cheryl says.