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Calming Color Schemes

Color schemes.

It seems like such a simple thing. Yet, it can fundamentally change the look, feel, and mood of a space. It has power. So, how do you choose colors in various rooms of your home in order to create a calming, homey effect?

Guest writer Maggie O’ Neil is here to give us a tour of the average home, with color selection on her mind …


Paint color is one of the most essential decorative elements in any room. In fact, different colors elicit different behaviors and can impact healing and overall wellness. Interior designers often use color psychology to give rooms a certain color mood. Here are some tips for choosing color schemes in your home where you want to achieve a relaxing mood:


The bedroom is one place where you want to relax and unwind after a long day. To ensure this happens, the color scheme should be calming and relaxing. Choose rich textures for your bedding in neutral shades to achieve this feeling.

Greens, blues, and whites are all good choices for paint colors for the bedroom. Avoid integrating shades of red in the bedroom, as the color has been shown to increase blood pressure and can make your mind work harder – not ideal for winding down to go to sleep.

Living room

The living room is one of the busiest spaces in a house. Whether you are entertaining guests for New Year’s Eve or Superbowl Sunday, the living room creates a lasting impression of your house. It is important to choose colors that will make the room feel inviting. Use warm tones, similar to those recommended for bedrooms.

Green is a good choice, as it has been shown to refresh the mind and bring about a restful state. A sage will instill warmth and closeness. To bring energy to your living room, work in shades of red since it can increase energy levels.


Bathrooms are a space where we spend a lot of personal time. For the walls, choose a color that promotes tranquility. Blue is known for having calming properties and works well with the connection of water in a bathroom.

Tones of peach, yellow, creams, and apricot are suitable comforting colors for a bathroom and complement blue well. The entire room should be calming, so avoid cluttering your countertop with too many accessories.

Home office

The color you choose for your home office should be dependent on your goals and uses for the office. Purple is calming to the nerves and mind, and has been shown to encourage creativity, which could come in handy when you need that extra spark.

Oranges promote a welcoming atmosphere; lighter shades, such as peach, are soothing, where as vivid oranges will stimulate mental activity. Before picking a color, decide if you want your office to be a calming escape where you can focus or a space that motivates you to get down to business.


Use warm, muted colors to create that cozy vibe for your bundle of joy. Warm shades of yellow and orange elicit feelings of happiness and comfort. Avoid using bright versions of any colors in a nursery, though, as they tend to have a stimulating effect, which is the last thing you want when putting your baby down for the night.

Whether you’re painting a home you’ve just bought or simply want to create a new ambiance for your home, following these tips will ensure that you achieve peace and tranquility in the areas you desire.


Thanks, Maggie!

Maggie wrote this piece on behalf of  CertaPro Painters of Summit



Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.


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