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Happy marriages (Pt 2): Right bedroom colours

For marital bliss research suggests maybe give purple a miss

Thinking about giving your bedroom a bit of a spruce up? Well, here’s a few ideas about colour you might wish to consider. Research suggests that those who claim to be happy in their marriage lean towards certain colours in their bedrooms.

The headline findings are:

  • Couples with green bedrooms are the happiest in their marriage (89%), followed by beige (84%) and red (77%);
  • Contrastingly, couples with purple (31%), brown (33%) and white (38%) bedroom walls are the unhappiest;
  • The bedroom tops the list of rooms within the house that couples most argue in with 51% admitting this.

Here, environmental psychologist and wellbeing consultant Lee Chambers provides his top tips and advice on how colour psychology could affect your mood and relationship

When it comes to decorating our homes, often little thought goes into how our choices will impact our wellbeing and mood, in comparison to how it will look and cost. Studies have found that the colour of your bedroom walls can affect how well you work from home as well as your sexual activities. Interested in this trend, devised a study to see if a bedroom wall colour might impact a marriage’s happiness.

To do this, the outfit surveyed 4,390 couples and analysed how happy they are in their marriages, as well as the current wall colour in their bedroom. With expert tips provided by environmental psychologist and wellbeing consultant Lee Chambers, they were able to explain why your bedroom colour may be part of the key to your marriage’s success.


After surveying the couples found that the bedroom is where most arguments stem from for couples (51%), followed by the kitchen (22%), bathroom (16%), living room (8%)and garden (3%).

In order to try help those who find the bedroom to be the hub of their issues, if a happy marriage is what you are after, paint your bedroom green! According to the findings of, 89% of people with a green bedroom are happy in their marriage. The colour green is said to create a sense of comfort as we’re constantly surrounded by it. It can represent growth, fertility, safety and endurance which could contribute to why so many couples with green rooms are happiest.

Those with beige coloured bedrooms were found to be the second happiest in their marriage (84%). Beige is often associated with being dependable, calming and warm, so it’s no wonder this is reflected in people’s marriages.

Sultry, romantic and considered the colour of love in many cultures, red takes third place. 77% of couples with this colour bedroom are content in their marriage.

Blue, grey and yellow follow next on the list as 70%, 64% and 62% of couples with these paint colours in their bedroom report being happy in their marriage.

Completing the list of top 10 bedroom colours that lead to happier marriages are:

7. Indigo – 57%

8. Black – 51%

9. Maroon – 48%

10. Silver – 45%

On the other end of the spectrum, discovered that certain bedroom colours can be found more commonly among couples that aren’t happy in their marriage. Couples with a purple bedroom were found to be the least happy in their relationship with only 31% claiming so. Purple often creates a mood of mystery and can call to mind feelings of indifference or sadness.

Brown was the second most common colour among unhappy marriages (33%) and white third (38%). Brown is said to be a heavy colour that can suppress your emotions and therefore be a significant factor to a couple’s unhappiness without them realising it, as communication is key to marriage. White can also be attached to the feeling of isolation, coldness and starkness which couples are inviting into their environment. spoke to Environmental psychologist and wellbeing consultant Lee Chambers, who was able to explain more about colour psychology and how it can affect your relationship and mood. Chambers said:

“We don’t often consider how different colours can impact our emotions when looking for a shade for our bedroom. Research has shown that spending time surrounded by certain colours can affect our emotions, mood and behaviours Especially in the home, this can have an effect on how we feel on a daily basis.

“Our bedrooms should be a place of relaxation, serenity and peace, where we rest and recuperate, and occasionally show our passions. Warm, bold colours, like red are great for getting us alert and stimulated in the morning and are certain to bring out our feisty side.

“Cooler pastel shades such as blues and greens convey a sense of peace and nature, and they tend to calm us down and make us feel safer and assured, promoting a restful state. White is clean and clinical, but without a significant splash of colour can feel cold and uninviting, while too much black can induce a feeling of sadness.

“Consider introducing a colour that has both warmer and cooler elements and don’t forget to be mindful of each other’s colour preferences, as we also attach our own meaning to colours and your bedroom colour should feel like an expression of anyone who relaxes there and be a place of safety as we sleep”.

David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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