Do you suffer from too much pressure, stress and never being able to unwind properly? If the answer’s yes then perhaps it’s time to alter the color scheme in your home to something a little more tranquil and relaxing.
Color therapists have known for decades that color affects mood and provokes physiological reactions. Being surrounded by a peaceful, calming color therefore could certainly make you feel that life is more under control and you are a little more serene.
For this reason alone, blue or lavender is often found in bedrooms and bathrooms. It’s also a good tone to have in an office, as it’s believed cool colors make us more productive. In fact, it’s a color which tends to be favoured by quiet, intellectual and reserved people and is thought to be one of the easiest colors to live with.
Light blue should be blended with medium and darker shades to provide balance in a room of blue hues but the predominant color should be light rather than dark blue. Brighter blues could be added with cushions, watercolor prints and vases.
Other ways to create more peaceful surroundings in your home include:
Decorating in predominately light, cool colors such as light blue, aqua, and lavender or light neutrals and use warmer colors more sparingly.
A child’s bedroom with its walls and drapes in aqua has a light, airy feel. The buttery yellow, white together with light carpet keep the feeling upbeat and youthful.
Downplay pattern and texture on fabrics, floors and wall coverings.
The pattern in this room is on the accessories rather than main pieces. Even then the subtler patterns are made up of lighter shades of blue and tan. This addition of patterns adds a bit of vigour to the room without being too energetic. It is a nice touch when placed against the more muted and neutral shades of light blue and cream.
Keep contrast to a minimum
The light brown and aqua drape and pillows in this contemporary living room provide a contrast which isn’t too overwhelming. Since the patterns use two colors that are in subtle contrast to one another and each are light shades of their respective colors the room feels both fresh and calming.
Using light pastel blue, aqua or even green with neutrals or other colors that are does not create high contrast but will create a space that feels calming, relaxed and serene overall.
A monochromatic color scheme is often used to create a tranquil retreat.
How restful does this bedroom look with its soothing blue shades in a monochromatic palette?