Embracing this color trend could improve your sleep – according to a psychologist

This painting technique has made waves in the color industry – and it may be the secret to a better nights sleep

Color drenching in a bedroom
(Image credit: Pooky)

Finding the right color for your bedroom is a favorite topic amongst psychologists and paint experts. However, while choosing the right hue will have an impact on your sleep, your paint technique is equally influential. 

If you’re wondering how to sleep better, the answer may be in one of the biggest paint trends of the season – color drenching. 

This maximalist paint trend involves painting one color across multiple surfaces in one room – varying only in slightly different tones. The effect is bold and contemporary – but experts suggest its benefits stretch beyond its aesthetic.  

How color drenching can help you sleep – according to a psychologist

Color drenching in a bedroom

(Image credit: Benjamin Moore)

According to Psychologist and Wellbeing Consultant Lee Chambers, there are ‘multifaceted benefits of being surrounded by a chosen color.’ These benefits are ‘amplified by differing shades’ and not diluted by various other hues that would otherwise be in the bedroom. 

'It also brings a sense of novelty, as few environments in our world are just one color, and creates a sense of order, which is particularly powerful when the world feels unstable and chaotic,’ he adds. 

Nether red paint bedroom

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The psychologist explains that the feeling of stability is important to remember when thinking of bedroom color ideas. This is because, when we sleep, we are most vulnerable (from an evolutionary perspective).

‘Using color drenching can bring a feeling of connectedness, can reduce stimulation and make us feel like we are surrounded by the harmony of difference, that is all the same at it’s root, creating an orchestra of one color that plays in tandem and in tune,’ Lee adds. 

Which color is best for drenching in the bedroom?

Blue bedroom by Benjamin Moore

(Image credit: Benjamin Moore)

Experts have already recommended using therapeutic shades (such as light blue and lilac) in the bedroom. But does the answer remain the same when it comes to color drenching? Lick’s Head Color Specialist, Natasha Bradley, suggests so.

‘Painting your walls, ceiling, and skirting in blue will have a positive effect on the body and mind as this hue reflects the color of the sky and ocean,’ she explains. 

However, instead of using light blue exclusively, Natasha urges you to consider adding a darker blue to create a color combination that will promote a good night's sleep. 

Color drenching in a bedroom

(Image credit: Pooky)

‘A light blue helps to relax the body and prepares us for sleep, whereas a darker shade of blue will cause the body to produce a chemical that is calming and provide a feeling of tranquillity,’ Natasha says. 

Are you conceived to color drench? The decision to go bold could make a stylish statement and improve your sleeping habits simultaneously. We're investing in one of these best mattresses and an abundance of paint as we speak.

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.