Started your new year on the wrong foot? Feeling the February blahs? Maybe you need a color fix in your home to make it have more of a calm, relaxed mood.
Do you sometimes find yourself earning for a spa day, a vacation, or just time to completely relax and calm down? One way to ease stressful, exhausting, or turbulent times is to create soothing spaces in your home, a place where you can go to relax and refresh. Specifically, I think bedrooms and bathrooms ought to be made into sanctuaries. That way you start and end your day in a good place. My favorite way to make a quick, cheap and easy change in a room is through the elimination of clutter and then the addition of color. Featured here are seven rooms awash in soothing color, along with paint color palettes inspired by each space.
This room showcases a few of my favorite soft and calm and soothing hues for bedrooms: a light sea-glass green, a warm gray and an ethereal blue. Any of these would work well as a main wall color; simply mix in one or more of the other hues for a soft and pleasing punch of color. White linens are clean and classic, but it’s nice to add pillows, art and accessories in colors from the palette. Keep the room free of excessive clutter and you’ll have a stress-zapping bedroom sanctuary.
Most bathrooms have one small window, or no windows at all, which can make an already small space feel even more confined. If this is the case in your home, think about using color to lighten things up. I like to select two or three shades of my chosen hue and use the darkest color sparingly, and preferably near the lower areas of the room, then go lighter as I work my way up toward the ceiling. This makes the room feel more open, expansive and light-filled, and can help start the day on a cheerful note.
Soothing and calm colors need not be limited to light and wispy shades. But if you go with bolder hues, I recommend sticking to those on the cooler side of the color wheel: greens, blues and purples. These cool hues, along with gray shades, have been shown to help lower blood pressure and are associated with rest and relaxation. You can always punch up the palette with a small accent of a warmer hue, such as the shocking yellow-green here, via a painted accent area or art and accessories.
Take the stress out of selecting paint colors for a bathroom by pulling a favorite hue or hues from your tile. The cabinet color here is an excellent selection. Paired with plenty of white, it looks crisp and clean against the brick.
If all these cool color palettes are leaving you cold, here’s an example of a warmer palette that maintains a calm vibe. In bedrooms I like to make the headboard wall a focal point by covering it in an interesting material or color. This room features a brick wall, but you can get a similar look with reclaimed wood or, even easier, the right shade of paint. Contrast the hot hues with a soothing wash of light gray on the remaining three walls.
I’ve joked in the past about waging a one-woman battle against beige, but in all seriousness, if you love beige you should absolutely decorate your house in it as you wish, without a care as to what anyone else thinks. For those who want to move beyond beige without straying too far, a medium tan shade can be a great way to get a little more oomph. It’s a bit more dramatic than light beige and looks fantastic with almost any other color — including other brown tones, such as the dark tobacco-stained wood in this bathroom. Keep the ceiling a warm shade of white to lighten and brighten the room.
Using color is one of the best ways to highlight interesting architecture. This bathroom is by no means a large, light-filled space, so it might have been tempting to stick to an all-white palette, but then the interesting angles would have been lost. And while this is a fairly bold shade of blue, it has a good amount of gray in it, so it doesn’t feel heavy or overly bright. Mix in other light neutral shades and perhaps a dash or two of color via linens and accessories, as shown here.
Tell us: How have you created a sanctuary in your home?