Life can be incredibly stressful. Whether you’ve had a hard day at work, spent the day trying to entertain the kids or just been swamped with household chores, you need somewhere that you can truly relax and allow your body to recharge.
That space is often your bedroom. However, with the modern day bedroom being used for so much more than just sleeping, it’s often not the luxurious retreat you hope for after a long day.
You might think you have everything you need for the perfect serene retreat. A comfortable mattress, plenty of storage for clothes, a dressing table to sit at, plenty of light streaming through the windows … but there is still something missing.
It could be something as simple as the colour scheme. Muted, pastel tones are easy on the eye and calming on the mind. Learn how to colour your bedroom subtly for a peaceful mood.
CHOOSING A COLOUR
If you want your bedroom to become a calming retreat where you can escape the strain of everyday life, you need a soothing colour scheme.
One of the best places to start is with the great outdoors. Greens, blues, and earthy tones are widely used in spas and hotels because they allow the human body to revert back to nature. Natural colours are cool and calming, evoking peace, so there the perfect choice.
The temperature of the colours you use plays an important role. If you’d rather avoid the cooler shades then there are plenty of calming, warm hues you can use. Opt for ivory rather than white and peachy or pink pastels as opposed to brighter colours such as red and you’ve got the style in the bag!
There is a whole pastel colour wheel to work with and as long as you avoid dark and bright colours, which encourage stimulation, you will feel restful in your bedroom.
CAN PASTELS BE PAIRED WITH OTHER COLOURS?
Yes, yes, yes! The most effective partner to pastels is white. In many cases, pastels are at their very best as an accent colour, rather than the main colour of a room.
By saving pastels for furnishings and artwork, they can provide a much-needed pop of colour in a neutral room without creating too much energy or stimulation. However, this idea can also be reversed so that the walls are pastel shades, and the accessories a crisp white.
A pastel palette will almost always create a sense of serenity, but it can be used in two different ways depending on your personality.
If you get quite stressed and need a space to unwind, the subtle use of pastels is perfect. The lightest of blues and silvers will have enough impact on the room to rid it of that clinical feel, without being too overbearing.
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For the more outgoing and adventurous, you can really go all out with pastels. Monochrome often refers to black and white, but it actually means ‘of a single colour’ so it’s something you can consider trying. You’ll be swimming in an oasis of pastel, but the end result is very refreshing.
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In fact, using the one colour – or similar shades – allows you to focus on the most important thing in your bedroom: you!
HOW CAN PASTELS BE USED IN THE BEDROOM?
If you’re ready to add beautiful sherbet tones to your bedroom and create that dream sanctuary, you’ll need to think about how you’re going to incorporate them. Accent walls, carpets and rugs, and furniture or furnishings can all be used to introduce pastels in the bedroom but you need to invest time and care into the planning to make sure you achieve the right look.
Accent walls are a great way of adding a burst of colour but they don’t have to use bright, block colours. If you’re looking for a more delicate touch, why not use stencilling or opt for a delicate pastel patterned wallpaper rather than painting the wall a solid colour?
You can opt for something as simple as vertical stripes, or go for a more complicated design – both will inject a sense of calm while the right stencil or wallpaper print will also add a touch of elegance to your bedroom.
Carpets and rugs
White, cream and beige flooring complement a pastel palette well, but if you’ve followed the 60-30-10 rule (where the dominant room colour should account for 60% of the décor, the secondary colour should represent 30% and the accent colour should account for 10%) then you could add those sherbet hues to your flooring! White walls, paired with a pale yellow, pink or blue carpet is a beautiful thing.
Here at Carpetright, we have a fantastic selection of carpets and rugs to choose from so you’re guaranteed to find the pastel hue you’ve been looking for.
Furniture and furnishings
Wooden furniture, such as nightstands, wardrobes, bed frames and dressing tables, can be painted in your preferred pastel hue if you want to give your bedroom furniture a peaceful makeover. This can pull the room together and allow you to introduce small pops of colour through accessories or create a shabby chic look with floral patterns and kitsch ornaments.
If you’re not convinced that pretty pastels are going to create that luxurious, yet peaceful atmosphere, start out by changing the bed linen or reupholstering an old chair. You can always add more pastel items once you feel more comfortable with the look.
Pastels were once only used in the home to celebrate the arrival of a new baby girl or boy, as the nursery would be decorated in soft blues, pinks and yellows. However, this colour wheel is now at the forefront of interior design … so bring your home up to date with this trend and transform your bedroom into a serene retreat!