The moment you see a particular color, you feel its impact. Bright reds, yellows, and pinks will energize, but the softer muted colors in the paint-chip aisle will have a calming effect. Think sage green, fawn, soft apricot, terra cotta, medium blues. Imagine walking into your living room after a long day of tending to business, family, the stresses of living. You can feel either tense or relaxed upon walking into your living room depending on the colors that greet you.
When you want to set the stage for a peaceful area of your home in which to relax and interact, think color first. If your living room is large, and you prefer to make it cozier, go with deeper earth tones, such as medium brown furniture and tan walls with a warm undertone. A color scheme incorporating the spectrum of muted blues also sets a soothing atmosphere in rooms of all sizes.
Colorful throws, pillows, and an area rug in contrasting shades will keep the look muted, cozy, but far from boring. This is where you can insert your particular personality preferences, and anything in a soft shade will work well: medium turquoise, peach, your favorite shade of green. The options are many. These colors also work well for those of you with children, as they won’t show every little stain.
On the other hand, when wanting to make a small room feel more spacious, you can work with a color scheme of paler shades that soothe. Off-white or pale grays soothe. So do pastels in the green and blue spectrum. Even the right shades of reds can work as accent colors to add warmth. A coffee table with a clear glass top will add to the illusion of space, as well.
When toning down your living room to create a soothing atmosphere, be selective when buying lamps, pictures, and other accessories. Each room needs a bit of white, though, and a bit of black. They create co-ordination and balance. Display things you love, but in moderation. Collectibles, books, photos all look beautiful in casual groupings. Drapes kept on the light side will add to the soothing effect, as will your color choice in flowers and plants. For end tables, book cases, and coffee tables, let your personal preference be you guide. Less bulky shapes, whatever the type of wood or other material, will add to the toning-down effect, though.
Next time you walk into the living room after that long day, once you have toned it down a bit, you’ll be surprised at the effect on your mood and the benefits gained when you do get those precious moments to relax. So get comfortable. Put up your feet and relax.
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