How to Create a Calm Room With Color

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Most people live hectic lives, so the last thing they want at night is to try falling asleep in a bedroom of stimulating colors and patterns. Create a relaxing oasis of a room instead using the right colors. Avoid dissonance and achieve peace with a relaxing blend of color and stay away from color combinations that will keep you from getting a good night’s sleep.

  • Use a color from nature, such as a soft, subdued green or a pale blue to achieve a calming effect in your bedroom.

  • Find solitude and respite from your tough day at work by painting the room in soft shades, including neutrals. Consider a dove gray, off-white, muted yellow or taupe for the walls. Keep the overall effect hushed. Avoid high contrast in your bedroom if you’re easily distracted.

  • Try a monochromatic theme. This means using variations of one color, such as a pale purple combined with touches of dark purple and nearly white lavender. Vary the shade, the tint and tone of the color you are using to create visual interest.

  • Consider using neutrals, which are sometimes called non-colors, such as beige or pale gray, which can be spiced up using a hint of color in your accessories while still maintaining a calm atmosphere.

  • Pick a wall color that is flattering to your face. Pale pink (not hot pink) is a soothing and restful color that warms up skin tones.

  • Use paint with just a tint of color in it. Lighten up the lavender that you’ve selected for your walls by adding white so that it merely whispers of color.

  • Consider how much natural light your bedroom gets, because light plays an important role in how color looks. If the room is naturally dark, lighten up the blue you’ve chosen for the bedroom walls so the room will be cozy and charming rather than dingy and depressing from the lack of natural light.

  • Remember that incandescent light will warm up a room but can turn greens into a shade of yellow-green that you might not like. Fluorescent lights will cast a bluish hue. Both types of light source will impact the color of the bedroom walls, but in different ways.

  • Keep in mind that color and light always interact. If there is going to be restrained lighting in your bedroom, then your light colors are going to need more intensity (the brightness or dullness of a color) and if you’re using a dark color, it will need less.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a color that soothes you. You can experiment with the tone, tint and shade of the color.
  • Ask the salesperson at the paint store to add white to a small amount of the paint color you like best so you can see what it looks like. You can also add gray or black to change the tone or shade of the paint.
  • Mix up tones to give your room more visual interest while still maintaining a peaceful ambiance.

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