Struggling to sleep at night? This study could explain why...

Posted: 16th Apr 2019

If you're struggling to get a relaxing night's sleep, your bedroom walls could be, in part, responsible, a study has revealed

The research, conducted by Dulux, found the colours, hues and tones we have on our walls can have a big impact on the way we live.

Those with a green bedroom are likely to get the best night's sleep (25 per cent), while red walls leave many of us tossing and turning (50 per cent), the study revealed. At the same time, a black room made people feel the most amorous.

Yellow walls have a particularly profound impact, not only making us the least passionate, but also leaving 32 per cent of us perpetually exhausted.

Yet on the flip side, those with a yellow front door are likely to earn the most money (£47,000, in comparison to the national average of £26,000).

These findings have prompted Dulux to work alongside Fearne Cotton, ambassador for the brand's 2019 Colour of the Year, Spiced Honey, to reveal how a mindful home can be created.

Fearne believes small steps can make big changes, and the best place to start is indoors.

She said: "In today’s world, there’s so much confusion and complication and I think, for 2019, we’re all ready to let the light in and start living in a more positive way. A lot of it is about getting back to basics, putting down our phones, and appreciating the beauty that’s around us."

"We forget to see the blue of the sky, the sunlight hitting the pavement and we ignore the impact that these things have on our mood. This is the same in our homes, too often we think ‘oh I like that colour’ but don’t think about the impact that can have on how we feel in that room. We need to look at what we want from that room and then create spaces that help us feel more positive."

Surveying 1,500 homeowners, the research found nearly half think colour plays a significant part in how we feel, with 21 per cent saying a particular colour can leave them depressed.

Purple living rooms leave homeowners thinking of themselves as TV addicts (73 per cent), while a green colour scheme is typically seen in the front room of workaholics.

If you're looking forward to a relaxing bath, red is the colour to go for (69 per cent), while blue hallways give us a more confident approach to life generally (78 per cent, compared to the average 68 per cent).

Interestingly, if you're looking to master cooking, you could be best off pursuing an orange wall - 12 per cent with walls this colour said they were great chefs, in comparison to the national average of 10 per cent.

Orange was also an intrinsic part in viewing the kitchen as being the heard of the home (61 per cent, compared to the average of 42 per cent).

Seven ways colour can influence your home includes:

1. The most creative cooks have orange kitchen walls
2. TV addicts are more likely to paint their living room purple
3. The most relaxing bath time is in a red coloured bathroom
4. People with blue in their hallway are more confident
5. Those with a yellow front door are more likely to earn more and have more successful careers
6. Green is the ideal bedroom colour for a good night’s sleep
7. Productivity in a study can be enhanced with green walls