What is a good (restful) color to paint a bedroom?
Ellen Wagner from Taft,CA
Hi Ellen! I've always thought that a pale bluish color like in the aqua family is very soothing. Something like ocean colors.
I also think pale greens, like a pale sage green is calming. However, I did lose the 'paint battle' with my husband and now our walls are painted taupe. Boring and bland. Good luck! Smoochie :)
Pales peaches and pinks are restful
Most blues and greens are peaceful colors--unless you go into neons and electric colors(obviously)! Keep your colors soft for maximum effect. Check out the following websites for color symbolism:
According to Behr.com, cool colors are key (blue, lavender, green). "Psychologically, these colors are calming, evoking deep-seated feelings of peace and tranquility".
I painted my bedroom a light blue with cream accents. It is my favorite place in the house. A real relaxing get away!
I just painted my bedroom "Relaxing Green" by Behr and it is wonderfully relaxing. I painted the trim in Magnolia Blossom" and it turned out beautifully. I removed my desk and tv out of my bedroom and added a loveseat. It's so relaxing, I feel like I'm staying at a Bed and Breakfast Inn. It does help that all three of my kids are away at college:-)
Blue and green are restful colors. They dont promote alot of high energy unless you get into the more intense shades of these colors. Lavender is also a peaceful color but one that is definitely feminine. Consider colors such as blue/gray or blue/green. In choosing colors that look either or you can change the entire look of the room by changing out a few accessories.
First off, if it is for a couples' bedroom, I'd stay away from the more feminine colours. Then, find what calms you. If it is a meadow, use light muted greens. If it is the ocean, use light blues. I would advise to only using one colour. Use trim sparingly, and stay away from stark whites. Try buttercreme, ivory, or very faded yellows. Keep furniture to a minimum, free of clutter, and simple. The same goes for bedding. Busy patterns or intricate details makes the mind work taking in all the detail, and does not promote relaxation. Keeping the room a few degrees cooler also works. Not cold, but cool in the summer, and not hot but not as warm as the other rooms in the winter. Just a few degrees. Too hot or cold will make you concentrate on your being uncomfortable, not relaxing.
Do try to get a small aquarium, the bubbles and the motion of the fish are also calming. Another trick, get a 'white noise' machine (rain, ocean waves, whales, etc). You can get a CD of the same things (much cheaper). Just be sure if you do get the CD, that it is only the thing you are looking for (the rain, or whale song) and not music included. I got a wonderful rainstorm CD at the dollar store. One more thing: Make it a rule that when you go into this room a stress free room. No stressful activities here, no worrying, arguments, or anything that doesn't promote calm, tranquil moods. Some people find that hanging a wall picture of something calming works, bit I find that it detracts. (my personal opinion)
I hope this helps.
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