You might have to rethink that Elephant's Breath...
Next time you’re debating whether to paint your bedroom in ‘Cornforth White’ or ‘French Gray’, you might want to take into account a study which suggests the shade of your boudoir has an impact on your sex life.
A study conducted by Travelodge (who last time we checked seem to paint pretty much every one of their rooms ‘All White’) on over 2000 couples found that those with caramel-coloured walls got the most action, having sex around three times a week.
Perhaps even more interestingly – given its kinky associations – couples with red walls got the least action.
Apparently there’s a specific reason why caramel-brown can make you get jiggy with it more often. The colour supposedly triggers the thought of chocolate in most of us, which serves as an aprhodisiac.
The study also found that people with blue bedrooms get the most sleep, getting an average of seven hours and 52 minutes of shut-eye a night. Perhaps a little randomly, blue was the bedroom colour of choice for builders, teachers and civil servants.
Chris Idzikowski, a sleep expert at the Edinburgh Sleep Centre backed up the study with an explanation on why blue can help you sleep better. ‘There are specialized receptors called ganglion cells in the retina part of our eyes, which are most sensitive to the color blue. These receptors feed information into an area deep in our brain that controls 24-hour rhythms, and affects how we perform and feel during the day. That interaction between light, sleep and wakefulness is supremely important.’
Close behind blue in helping you rest properly are (unsurprisingly) calming yellow and (surprisingly) orange. According to the study, orange walls can also help stimulate your digestive system, which is handy if you like a big dinner.
The study also showed that people with grey bedrooms are most likely to shop online in bed and have the worst amount of sleep – two discoveries which are clearly related to each other.