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White, blue or beige? Great colors to paint your bedroom

A stark white room can often be too

A stark white room can often be too bright and stimulating, but a room that is a notch or two away from clear white has a relaxing quality about it. Photo Credit: Dreamstime

When you turn in for the day or wake up in the morning, it feels especially comforting when your room is a peaceful oasis from the toil and tumult of the world. Getting there is easy with the right colors. A bedroom bathed in relaxing, restful tones will help you unwind from the day, sleep better and start the day in a calm, soothing way.

Easy does it

One color that feels cool and relaxed is gray. Grays are a wonderful choice for a bedroom that’s restful. Look for tones that range in color from lightest dove gray to a moody deep gray tone. Grays can also easily adapt for a variety of decorating styles. Pair with pale shades like Pantone’s Rose Quartz or Serenity, a pale blue, and you have one restful color combination. Gray can instantly lower the volume and make your room feel and look peaceful and relaxing.

Touch of color

Colors that are muted and soft usher in a sleepy, mellow mood. Opt for the palest shades of blue or green. These tones feel and look restful while still adding color to the walls. Lavender is another color that has received attention in recent years. Far from feeling childish, a lavender bedroom that’s paired with a pale blue or gray will look relaxing and sophisticated.

The idea is not to oversaturate the room but choose a paint that hints at the color of blue, green or lavender. A close cousin to lavender is mauve. It’s the color that happens when lavender meets gray. It’s soothing yet sumptuous.

White-out

Rooms that are draped in white can be calming when they’re painted a shade of white that has a hint of color. A stark white room can often be too bright and stimulating, but a room that is a notch or two away from clear white has a relaxing quality about it. Look for whites with a slight blue or pink undertone for a calming option. If a white color with subtle undertones isn’t appealing, try a white that is subdued and not overly bright.

A creamy white fills the bill perfectly. Creamy white will feel comforting yet won’t make the room feel too dark. You’ll need to check how the white reads in your room by testing paint samples on two different walls. Watch how they change and look in different light and at night to see which white works the best for you. Resist ivory because of its tendency to show yellow at various times of the day or night.

Bathed in beige

Although beige may get a bad name and could be considered a boring color choice, it is a subtle option and can be paired with almost any other color. It looks especially rich with white linens and makes the room feel cozy yet fresh. Paired with a pale chocolate, the look is sophisticated and comforting. Gray paired with beige feel rich and elegant. There’s not much you can’t pair with beige that doesn’t result in creating a restful retreat.

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