‘There’s a reason you feel so comforted when you wrap yourself in your duvet,’ says Phil Lawlor, sleep expert at Dormeo. ‘As humans, we like the feeling of being cocooned because it makes us feel safe, and painting your bedroom walls and ceiling all one colour can have the same effect.’
Bedroom paint hack
It goes without saying that our bedrooms should have a colour scheme we adore. But rather painting the ceiling white by default, try this bedroom paint hack – particularly if you have a small bedroom. Soak & Sleep‘s sleep expert, Rebecca Leonard recommends using a muted colour palette. ‘Consider soft pinks, buttery creams and sage greens to soften the look and help create a visually soothing space,’ she says.
Rob Abrahams, the co-founder of Coat Paints disagrees. ‘Same-shade ceilings where the walls are relatively muted can look a bit drab,’ he says. Instead, Rob suggests embracing dark paint to make a bedroom feel cosy, and we think it’s genius. ‘Whether or not a same-shade ceiling helps sleep depends a little on the colour. Darker colours absorb light, so in bedrooms, they can soften the hard outline of a room, making it feel cosier. Almost like a comfy cave.’
‘Taking those darker colours onto the ceiling can enhance that feeling, bringing the ceiling closer and avoiding stimulating the eyes with a different shade,’ Rob adds.
If you’re not feeling brave enough, or you’ve simply run out of dark paint, pick a warm white for the ceiling. At Ideal Home, we love the idea of an enveloping bedroom with the walls and ceiling decorated in a dark green or blue.
Will you be trying this bedroom paint hack?