As the UK heads towards another hot spell this week, changing the paint colour of your bedroom walls could apparently help you sleep better in the heat.
Paint brand Valspar collaborated with Professor Charles Spence, the head of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory, to explore how different paint colours can affect the perception of human body temperature.
In their survey, 157 participants were placed in three separate rooms, each set to the same ambient temperature of 18°C, and asked to record the temperature they felt in each of these rooms.
The study found that despite each room remaining at the same temperature, over a quarter (28%) felt coolest when in the navy blue room, with some even claiming that they felt up to three degrees cooler than the actual room temperature.
Professor Charles Spence, head of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory, comments: "Taking inspiration from the primary colour spectrum, each Valspar shade used in the study was specifically chosen to test the effect of the senses.
"This illustrative study goes some way to showing that our senses are intrinsically linked and that the colour our walls are painted can really impact our thermal comfort."
Jane Ryder, European Marketing Director, Valspar says: "We commissioned this research because we understand how hard it is to choose paint colour for the home.
"By testing participants' reactions to individual colours, we were able to give them a deeper understanding of the affect these have on their senses, therefore helping them to be more colour confident when selecting a new paint."
The Met Office has said that Friday or Saturday (7th and 8th August) might exceed the 37.8C reached last week, the hottest day of the year and the third hottest since records began in 1865.
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