You might expect white to be the optimum colour for a sleep-enhancing bedroom, but no. In fact, people whose rooms are painted blue tend to sleep longer than those in bedrooms of different colours. Blues are associated with feelings of calm, which helps to reduce blood pressure and heart rate, which in turn helps you get a solid night's sleep.
There are infinite shades and tones of blue to choose from, so whether you go for a pale powder blue or a deep navy is up to you, but one reason to opt for the darker end of the spectrum is light absorption. The darker you go, the more light will be absorbed, helping your bedroom feel cosy and inviting as well as lessening the disrupting effect of natural light entering the room. Dark & Light – one of our Colour Futures 2016 trends – draws on the idea of celebrating the beauty of the dark, and offers inspiring combinations of deep and mysterious hues, such as Hawaiian Blue 1 and Khaki Mists 1 (above). If you're up for going dark in your bedroom, download the free Visualizer app so you can try out a few different shades in your bedroom at the touch of a button. See? You needn't be so afraid of the dark, after all.