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A soft color palette conveys peace in your space

Today, more than ever, we need a place to call our home, our sanctuary. While the world around us becomes more unstable, having a physical location that can help us to calm down, center, and refocus isn’t just a luxury anymore. It’s a necessity. That’s why it’s so important to think of a design for both space and soft colors in your chosen area of recharge.

 Space is Your Foundation

Each room in your home or even your office space has a particular function. The kitchen is used to prepare meals and store food and laughter among friends. The den is a great place to relax and play games. The reception area of your office is where your clients will wait to greet you. By understanding what space will be used for, you can take steps to design the décor in such a way to heighten its usability.

If you’re putting together space for tranquil reflection, it’s a good idea to look not only at the size but also the shape of the room itself. Before the first piece of furniture enters the room, or a throw rug is placed on the ground, how does the room make you feel? If the overall feeling of the space is a great one – wonderful! All you have to do is build on that feeling. If not, that’s fine as well. It’s incredible what the right colors, textures, and lighting can transform a room. Think of the space as a canvas, or a foundation. Anything is possible.

But before you bring the comfy couch into place or the low standing table with a water decoration and floating candles, consider the colors you’ll use.

The Importance of Color

Look around you, and chances are you’re going to see color. Whether it’s the muted pale gray of a wispy curtain or the bold canary yellow of a bedspread, our lives are infused by vibrant colors. So much so that particular colors and hues can be used to enhance our emotions, excite our thoughts, and even make us more productive. They can even help us calm down and focus when needed.

If you want to create a calm oasis in your home, consider using a palette of colors that are soft and warm, or cool and inviting. Walls that are painted a pale aquamarine, for example, might invoke the calmness of a pale blue sky, and even a nice breeze. Or conversely, a dark muted brown or gray wall will help the eyes to relax and the mind to become less jumbled.

Color can also be used to create a focal point for yourself in a room, some places where your eyes and mind can rest among the hectic nature of the world. For example, a soft pink fuzzy throw placed over the back of a white couch is a fantastic way to invite a sensory experience that is both inviting and engaging. Or perhaps a seascape, full of blues, purples, greens, and whites placed against an antique white wall can be just the splash of color you need to rejuvenate your senses.

Bringing It All Together

Designing a serene place of your own can take a little bit of work, but it’s well worth it. It can seem overwhelming, but there are a few tricks to consider. First, do your best to keep it simple and comfortable. A simple recliner and table combination with a bay window may be more relaxing than a trip to the day spa if treated correctly. Second, don’t be afraid to use natural light whenever you can. You’ll be amazed at what a difference it can make. Third, never be scared to go against the accepted norms of relaxation and rejuvenation. The magazines might say that a splash of pale blue on your wall is the way to go, but if forest green is more your speed, then run with it. When it comes to decorating, it’s about personal style and taste, after all.


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