Best shade of blue for sleeping

by Mar De Carlo

Cited in Homes and Gardens

Blue: the non-stimulating color.
Studies show that any blue bedroom color promotes relaxation, calms the nervous system and supports a tranquil atmosphere. When our eye registers blue, it causes the hypothalamus to produce more melatonin and the adrenal glands to reduce cortisol.
The tropical sea…
While a darker blue can work well for a bedroom color, it is more intense than a lighter shade and may encourage reflection. While not stimulating, reflection can in and of itself become a distraction. However, a softer, lighter shade of blue seems to have the best effect because it mimics a soothing daytime sky or the calming waters of a peaceful tropical ocean.
Resolute Blue for the win!
A few of my favorite lighter shades of blue are from the Sherwin Williams line:
  • SW6505 Atmospheric
  • SW6506 Vast Sky
  • SW6507 Resolute Blue


Any of these could work well for sleeping. If I had to choose just one, it would be Resolute Blue because I feel it beautifully falls right in the middle of the blue shade spectrum—not too light or too dark.
Author’s Bio
Mar De Carlo, author and founder of the International Parenting & Health Institute, Association of Professional Sleep Consultants, the Business Sanctuary, and Physical Awakening — a registered prenatal Yoga School with Yoga Alliance. She is a sleep expert working with both clients and also training professionals to certify and improve upon their sleep coaching skills. She pioneered the first Holistic Pregnancy & Child Sleep Consultant Certificatioin program in 2012 and the first Integrative Adult Sleep Coach Certification in 2015. She is also the author of “Awakening Through Sleep”. Mar has over 25 years of training and experience. She is known for her cutting edge approach to connecting and bridging systems in a variety of industries across the globe that have transformed thousands of lives in 59 countries and 10 languages. As an innovative holistic curriculum developer, Mar has developed and pioneered evidenced-based holistic curriculums since 2009. Books: Awakening Through Sleep, The Baby Planner Profession, and Green Body Green Birth.
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