By Lucy E. Halse
At the end of a long day, you make a beeline for the bedroom. After all, it's supposed to be a haven where you can read, sleep, and reflect without interference from the outside world. While you can invest in objects like noise-canceling headphones and eye pouches to help you get some Z's, you can create a permanently relaxing environment by touching up your walls with relaxing bedroom colors. Various shades of gray, blue, green, brown, and purple –and of course, classic white– can help you get a better night's sleep. Give your room a fresh new look with these inspiring color choices.
Gray and blue are both cooler tones that inspire peace and relaxation. Since they're both Zen-inducing colors, why not combine both for the ultimate good night's sleep? A rich gray-blue color is noble and sophisticated without being bold or flashy. If you're concerned about painting your walls a darker color, get blue or gray linens for your bed and decorate it with blue and gray pillows. Other bedroom ideas include adding an attractive focal point like a treasured art piece, standout headboard, or a funky side table. For a finishing touch, a white ceiling brightens up the room.
The Lighter Side of Gray
A lighter colored gray will take the edge off your room without giving it an institutional look. If you’re considering painting your bedroom a soft gray, room designers note that you should stay away from having both the walls and ceiling painted white. Doing so makes the room feel more like a doctor's office than a bedroom. Adding a touch of gray to the walls or ceiling, however, adds just enough aesthetic interest to the room.
Feeling the Bluess
If it's painted in the right colors, a blue bedroom need not give you the blues. Interior designers have several blue bedroom colors in mind to transform your bedroom into a relaxing getaway. Lighter shades give your room a peaceful feel without looking dreary. You can also go for an earthen look with an icy blue tone, which has small elements of gray. This color is ideal for making your bedroom a soothing hideaway without making it look like a nursery. Add bedding and decorative objects in warm brown and gray shades, which are also neutral tones, to give your room a cool vibe.
Lighten up with Lavender
Pleasant and cheerful lavender paint lifts your spirits when you walk into the room. It's a sophisticated, versatile color that brings freshness and serenity to the surrounding space. Lavender comes in a spectrum of colors, ranging from purple-white (like the flower) to darker shades of purple. Some shades even mix in blue and gray. Since lavender has cool vibes, room planners suggest countering the chill with a warm wooden floor or a carpet with warm hues. White and soft gray, which are also soothing colors, are excellent options for linens and accents.
Pretty in Pink
Pink isn't just for girls. Softer, elegant shades like pearly and dusky pinks give your bedroom a glamorous and romantic feel without sacrificing maturity. Add neutral tones throughout the room and decorate it with a few special items for a fantastical look. With the right shade of pale pink, your bedroom looks intimate and heart-warming instead of girly or tacky.
Walls of White
White gives your room a clean, soothing, and innocent look. White reflects light, which makes the bedroom look more cheerful and welcoming. When decorating a bedroom with white paint, be aware that you can inadvertently make the room look stark and institutional. If you choose white, be sure to add in some interesting elements like textured pillows or an unusual headboard. Little touches like these add just enough visual interest without detracting from the white's peace-inspiring purposes.
While it might not be the first that comes to mind when you think of relaxing bedroom colors, light brown is an excellent choice. If you choose this route, go for soft brown shade. Lighter browns are a good alternative for people who want an updated look but are not ready to go with bolder and more time-sensitive color trends. Since brown is neutral, you have quite a bit of leeway when adding the finishing touches. Design planners suggest using blue, white, and gray, which are also relaxing colors, for accents and bedding.
Since green is one of the fundamental colors in nature, it's no surprise that it’s also a recommended color for creating a soothing and peaceful sanctuary. If you're painting your bedroom green, go for lighter shades. Greens with a soft gray tint are a good idea because gray is also a relaxing color. Combined, the two make a magical pair. Green bedroom paints do well when paired with wood floors of a medium to a rich finish. Fill in the blanks with white, which matches with any shade of green.
From classics like white to heavenly blues, pink and purple, and upscale brown, you have many choices for transforming your bedroom into a retreat. Keep your new color choices in mind when you add the finishing touches for a balanced, tranquil sleeping space.
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