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Choose restful, relaxing colors for your bedroom

It’s the room where you spend the most time. Granted, most of that time is spent sleeping, but at the end of a long, tiring day you still want a pleasant place for your retreat. A soothing bedroom can recharge the body and lift your spirits. Choosing the right color combinations is the best and easiest way to create a relaxing, restful bedroom.

Blue oasis

There’s little argument when it comes to the universal appeal of the color blue. But you don’t have to settle for one standard, overall shade. Pair with another color to keep things interesting. Blue with purple is a fresh combination that’s stylish and restful.

If you favor a lighter shade like lavender, try pairing it with a deep shade of blue. Blue with chocolate is also a trendy combination, especially when the blue leans more toward gray.

Green scheme

A color that’s both fresh and refreshing is chalcedony. Like the stone with the same name, chalcedony is a paler and bluer green than seafoam or mint green. Try pairing bed linens in chalcedony against a beige backdrop for peaceful slumber.

If this look is too pale for your tastes, go for a fern green and pair with a medium brown. Want a more exciting option? Pair green with pumpkin.

Chic gray

Gray can be both cool and warm. The deeper shades create a cocooning effect. When paired with ivory, orange or ocher, you can create a soothing new look that will take you from winter into summer. Gray walls add a sophisticated vibe.

Instead of contrast, you can also coordinate your grays. Use various shades from deepest gunmetal to pale dove gray on sheets, for example. This look is uber chic and very restful. Or perk things up with a shot of orchid. The gray will keep the brighter hue from being overpowering.

Feng shui

If you’re a follower of feng shui, you can choose to harmonize your bedroom colors. According to feng shui principles, skin-tone colors are the most restful and suggest romance. These shades can range from pale ivory to chocolate, from pale yellow to ocher, from pale pink to rosy pink.

Red typically isn’t recommended for a bedroom because it can be too stimulating for proper rest. Instead, consider combining rosy pink with a deep beige or pale brown.

Designers say

A cursory review of decorator color picks puts pastels and pale shades at the head of the pack. Lavender, khaki, ivory, sky blue and dove gray are all mentioned again and again.