Pull It Off: 5 Ways to Create Calming Rooms Full of Personality

Pull It Off: 5 Ways to Create Calming Rooms Full of Personality

Adrienne Breaux
Jul 19, 2014

Do you want to create calming, relaxing rooms but don't want them to turn out bland? Bold colors aren't the only answer to a boring room. You can create a soothing room with soft, muted colors that's every bit as beautiful and interesting as one with wall-to-wall color. Here are five ways you can make sure your calming spaces don't make you yawn too much.

Pictured above: Muted doesn't just mean brown
Who says you can't still have a soft, muted room with a little a hint of color? Make it soft — colors that are gray-based or pastel — and you'll still create a room that is soothing and interesting. It's the variety of muted colors that will help create excitement while still keeping the space peaceful. The color palette in the living room of Taryn & Sanford's Unflappable Abode is a perfect example.

It's in the details
A great way to ensure that a soft, muted color palette doesn't go from soothe to snooze is to pack in design details that delight. In Jaclyn's Down-to-Earth Live/Work Apartment, a gray sofa with modern lines complements stunning architecture, DIY elements, an art shelf, cool lighting and more. It's not cluttered; everything in the room was brought in with intent.

(Image credit: Alexis Buryk)

Add metallic
Metallics like gold, silver and copper might not seem particularly muted being so shiny and all, but when used in a room full of neutrals and other soft colors, they fold into the mix effortlessly, creating a final non-boring, balanced result. Kim & Kyle's living room is an example.

(Image credit: Katie Gard)

Color in a concentrated area
But the kind of color that will complement your already muted color palette, and not be so jarring that it steals all the limelight. In Beth's New-Meets-Old Beach Cottage Inspired Bungalow, the living room is full of grays and soft colors, but definitely gets a boost by a bold (but not obnoxious) greige in a small but powerful spot.

(Image credit: Michael Alan Hoy)

Play with textures and fabrics
Soft, light colors already lend themselves to making a room feel ultra comfortable, so you might as well take that idea and run with it. In the bedroom of Candace's Bright and Beautiful California Home, a big fur throw on an overly plush bed promises it won't be boring one bit. The more interest you want to add in, the more different textures (of differing scales) you should incorporate.

These aren't the only ways to have a room with a calming, soft feel, so tell us your ways to get this look! Do you have what some might call a soft or muted color palette in one of your rooms? How have you kept things from feeling too boring? Share your tips in the comments below!

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