Master the Mix: 7 Secrets From Rooms That Both Soothe & Invigorate

Master the Mix: 7 Secrets From Rooms That Both Soothe & Invigorate

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Adrienne Breaux
Nov 9, 2014

You want a room that cocoons you in calm as soon as you walk in, relaxing you and your guests to the bone and leaving you with a peacefulness you can take with you out in the world. But you also want a room that invigorates you when you're feeling tired and motivates you when you're feeling down. These seven rooms strike the perfect balance between relaxing and invigorating. And we're sharing with you the secrets we spotted in them.

Spread bits of bold color around a soft, neutral room

(Pictured above) Use a soft, neutral color palette for your paint colors and your bigger furniture pieces to set the tone for soothing. But then surprise your eyes with bits of bright color incorporated in accessories and art. It's an easy way to tackle this mix! This room spotted in Design Files.

(Image credit: Weekday Carnival )

Combine pastel colors with sharp geometric patterns

Combine soft, perhaps even pastel colors, with painted on geometric shapes and bold patterns. Your eyes will sense the soft colors and find calmness, but they'll also see the bold, busy patterns or shapes and you'll get a burst of energy and motivation, too. This room found on Weekday Carnival.

(Image credit: Jessica Sample for Lonny)

Go for a bright spot of color

Unlike the example above, you don't have to fill a neutral palette room to the brim with lots of bright colors; just use one or two perfectly placed, really bold colors, like the intense pink pillow that matches the flowers on the nightstand. Room seen in Lonny.

Cluster casually

Stick to earthy color tones and use warm materials found in nature to instantly set a peaceful tone. But then shake things up a bit by clustering a design element (seen above with lights) or creating a repetitive feel with multiple objects. You'll sense the calming material palette but you'll get energy from the visual energy of repeating objects. This room spotted on Daily Dream Decor.

Add drama with black and white contrast

No matter how soft or soothing your room's color palette is with paint and furniture, adding a dose of drama with black and white contrast will instantly add energy that invigorates. Control just how invigorating the space is with where you place the black and white. On architectural elements like above is more low-key than if you added in smaller design elements with busy patterns. Room spotted in Better Homes and Gardens.

Excite with texture

If you want to stick to a minimal and light color palette like all white or natural wood tones, you can avoid having a room that does nothing but put you to sleep by experimenting with texture. In the room above wood floors and tiled walls create a visual texture — grids and lines — that add energy to the mood of the room. Spotted on Simple Blueprint.

Add interest with plants

Any time one of your calm, peaceful rooms is tipping into to too calm territory, add more plants, which won't upset the neutral and natural color palette but will add a lot of energy and life. Control how much invigoration you add in with the types of plants you pick: Wild, leafy compositions will feel more energetic than simple and stark plants. Room spotted on The Lettered Cottage.

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