While curating your bedroom curtain ideas to help you sleep better may appear relative in regard to larger factors (such as finding the best mattress for your needs). However, wellness experts and designers alike agree that the color of your curtains influences your psyche in the bedroom – meaning it is reflected in your sleep quality and your overall wellbeing in the morning.  If you’ve taken note of the bed sheet colors to avoid, these curtain steps are the next step to improving your sleep quality. 

5 bedroom curtain colors to avoid

‘Colors such as red, black, purple, and orange evoke certain emotions which have no place in the bedroom,’ cautions Kenny Johnson from Sleepy Review (opens in new tab). In his summary of the colors that follow, the expert suggests that these tones can be used as accent pieces, but you should avoid using them as a block color (such as through your curtains) in your room. Here’s what you need to know about each one.

1. Red 

Red is the color to avoid at the top of every expert’s list – but what makes it so problematic in terms of sleep? ‘Red colors that are vivid or intense stimulate brain activity and might elicit feelings of excitement or anger,’ warns wellness expert Benjamin Rose from Trainer Academy (opens in new tab). ‘Too much red in your bedroom might elevate your pulse rate and make you more awake, making it difficult to fall asleep.’  Red is also one of the most energizing colors you can choose. It symbolizes conflict, danger, and power – all of which are unwelcome in a space where you try to unwind and fall asleep. ‘Due to its intensity, red curtains are not suggested for use in the bedroom,’ Benjamin adds. 

2. Orange 

Like red, orange is also avoided for its energizing qualities. Paige Anderson, an interior designer at Nitido Design, (opens in new tab) reflects Benjamin’s argument, adding that the shade will stimulate activity in our brains and bodies and make us feel more alert than we should be in our bedrooms.  ‘This makes it harder for us to relax before bedtime. We can’t fall asleep easily or stay asleep long enough without waking up throughout the night,’ the designer adds.

3. Purple 

When it comes to therapeutic bedroom ideas, you would be forgiven for believing purple is one of the best colors you can choose. However, Paige warns that this relaxing tone may, in fact, be hindering your sleep in the long term.  ‘If you’re using purple as an accent color on your curtains or bedding (or both), be sure that you aren’t going too overboard with the amount used in the room,’ she warns. ‘You don’t want any extra drowsiness interfering with your ability to fall asleep or stay asleep.’

4. Yellow

It can feel hard to go wrong with yellow – the joyous color that is known for its ability to fill a space with positivity. However, a recent study by Tapi (opens in new tab)revealed that yellow is one of the worst colors for promoting slumber after 22% of respondents confessed they achieved a poor night’s sleep (every night) with this color in their bedroom.  While this may be surprising initially, it makes sense when you consider the cheerfulness of this tone – making it hard for the brain to relax while trying to rest. 

5. Black

Black may seem like the best color idea you can choose for your curtains, thanks to its ability to block out sunlight that may interrupt your sleep in the morning. However, as Paige warns, this curtain color is ‘known to trigger the brain’s alertness signal, making it more difficult to fall asleep.’ Therefore, it may be better to look for other colors to hide the light come morning time.