Keep Calm and Carry On: Modsy’s Guide to Creating a Relaxing Home

Are big life changes adding stress to your day-to-day life? Maybe you’re facing a big move or career change, or perhaps your kids are getting ready to head to college or you’re just starting a family. Or maybe, like many of us, you’re just feeling overwhelmed by current events!

The world can feel chaotic and overwhelming, but your home doesn’t have to be. In fact, a well-designed home can be a grounding, centering space where we can process and even momentarily escape some of the stressors of life.

Want some help transforming your home into a peaceful and calming zen space? Read this list of 10 interior design tips to transform your home into a haven away from the world’s stresses.


1. Use a Neutral Color Palette

When it comes to interior design, neutral tones are easier on the eye than bright colors. As such, using a neutral color palette can help promote a sense of calm in your home—making it feel like a true sanctuary. However, make sure your neutrals aren’t too stark; add some warm neutrals, like gold, pale tan, or faded yellow to keep your space from looking sterile. Another great way to add visual warmth is to decorate with textures and natural materials. This helps balance out white or brighter neutral tones, adding warmth and visual interest.

“Neutral, neutral, neutral! Don’t worry—everything doesn’t have to be beige! To create a calming ambiance you can pull in a few colors like blue-grays, pale greens, or dusty mauves. The trick is to keep the palette light and airy to lift the spirit and the mood!” –Shelly S., Modsy Designer

“A light neutral palette is uplifting and leaves space for whatever emotion is being processed at the time.” –Peter C., Modsy Designer

2. Add a Pop of Punchy Color

Just because you opt for a neutral color palette doesn’t mean you have to avoid vibrant colors! In fact, pops of color can promote feelings of happiness and positivity! So, add in a few brightly colored accessories such as pillows, vases, or artwork. If you want to make even more of a visual statement, cluster a few colored pieces of decor together to create a focal point that maximizes the joyful effect in your space. Adding punchy pops of color in small amounts throughout your home allows you to have a moment of joy every time you pass by it. Another way to add pops of color? Natural greenery! Plants can add color throughout your home while also boosting your mood!

“If neutrals leave you feeling a little ‘meh,’ try incorporating little pops of color. Color therapy can have a tremendous effect on seasonal mood disorder and depression, so adding bold color in art, decorative accents, or even books helps create a space that feels cheerful and optimistic with little commitment and cost.” –Hope C., Modsy Designer

“Greenery is a must! Plants have been clinically shown to promote a better sense of well-being and reduce stress. Adding natural elements grounds the space, looks beautiful, and brings some soul to the space!” –Shelly S., Modsy Designer

3. Display Personal Photos

When it comes to wall art and tabletop decor, consider incorporating personal photos. Framed photos of the people you love, pets, or places you’ve traveled can take your mind to pleasant places! Keeping images of loved ones on display can also have a grounding, calming effect. Not into displaying personal photos? Store them in easily accessible albums or boxes so you can access them whenever you need a boost!

“Personal photos can add a sense of ownership to your space and bring you a lot of joy. If you have some favorite photos from a vacation or moment in your life, take the time to print them out, properly frame them, and display them in a place that makes sense to you. Guests will love seeing them too!” –Katherine B., Modsy Designer

4. Soften Your Space with Textiles

Textiles like blankets, throw pillows, and drapes are a great way to add visual depth and texture to your space. Purposefully long curtains that pool on the floor, loose-fitting slipcovers, and comfy throw pillows all add a sense of ease and livability to a room. And materials such as knits, linen, velvet, and suede can look and feel particularly relaxing.

“Layer those natural and cozy textures. I love mixing natural textures (rattan, jute, wood) with those that I find plush and cozy (cotton, boucle, faux fur, and even linen). Make sure to not introduce too many layers, though, as this can start to detract from the calming effect we’re looking to create. For example, if you’re hoping to bring more peace into your bedroom, start out by mixing a natural woven bed frame with a plush rug or swap that idea with a linen upholstered bed frame and a jute rug.” –Becky S., Modsy Designer

Designer Tip: With throw pillows, use a variety of shapes and sizes, and don’t be afraid to move them around regularly to refresh your look without spending any money! Pillow covers are also a great piece to swap out seasonally to refresh a room’s color scheme!

5. Bring in Visual Warmth with Candles

Who doesn’t love candles? Their flickering flames create a cozy, soothing ambiance, and scented candles can elevate their calming effect even more. (Hello, aromatherapy! More on that next.)

“Lighting is everything! The right lighting can take your well-designed space to the next level! Using a soft yellowish hue produces a sense of calm. If you don’t know where to start incorporate some candles too to create a calming mood.” –Shelly S., Modsy Designer

Designer Tip: Instead of just buying a single candle when you want or need one, we love keeping a substantial supply of tapers, pillars, and votives on-hand, as well as several favorite candleholders. That way you’ll have plenty on hand whenever you want them and you never have to be stingy about using them!

6. Indulge in Aromatherapy

Using your sense of smell is one of the quickest routes to relaxation and is great for creating a sense of well-being. So, fill the air of your home with your favorite scents! As we just mentioned, candles are a great way to add some calming scents to your home. But you could also try an essential oil diffuser if you don’t want to worry about monitoring an open flame! Or simply bring in some fresh eucalyptus or fragrant flowers into the rooms you use the most for a natural, light fragrance.

Some scents that are particularly calming and relaxing are:

  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Peppermint
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Bergamont
  • Chamomile
  • Geranium
  • Rose

“I use scents to mark the transition of time throughout the day. For example, I diffuse lavender in the morning to help cultivate a calming vibe for the day ahead. When it’s time to transition into the evening, I’ll light a favorite candle while making dinner. It’s a lovely little ritual that helps me transition throughout the day more intentionally.” –Karina L., Modsy Designer

7. Separate Work and Play

While mixed-use spaces are prevalent and hard to avoid, especially in today’s world, they can cause undue stress. After all, if your home office is situated within your living room, it can be difficult to relax at the end of the day. Work/life balance definitely has a mental and emotional component, but physical spaces do impact our ability to compartmentalize different parts of our lives.

In general, single-use, designated spaces are better for creating a relaxing home, if they’re achievable. By designating specific areas for various activities, you are subconsciously allowing yourself to move with ease and purpose within your home. This also allows you to be more intentional when designing your home since you can decorate with each room’s function in mind. Can’t avoid mixed-use spaces? Utilize closed storage to help create some separation between uses and activities.

“Closed storage is essential for visually calming or ‘de-stressing’ a space. Putting away functional items when they’re not in use can help reset a space and produce a feeling of accomplishment.” –Peter C., Modsy Designer

8. Create a Comfort Zone

Speaking of single-use spaces—creating an area of your home specifically for relaxation is a great way to create calm. It could be a reading nook, a space to turn on a record and listen to music, or perhaps a meditation corner. You don’t need to set aside an entire room; just select a spot that’s out of the way! You can separate this space by putting a barrier between you and possible distractions. Folding screens are a great way to divide an open space and create zones with unique purposes. Plus, they can block out distracting, unwanted views and redirect foot traffic away from your relaxation zone!

“What hobbies do you have that promote your own wellness? Yoga, reading, meditation? If space allows, why not create a dedicated area for this activity! Keep these spaces free of clutter, but include elements that help you focus on the activity at hand. Candles, sound machines, a few of your favorite books, or cozy pillows can help do the trick!” –Becky S. Modsy Designer

9. Strike a Balance

Visual balance can bring harmony into your space, making your home feel more inviting. It’s a simple way to create a sense of calm in your home. And that balance can be found in several ways—from using symmetry when arranging furniture and decor to creating contrast with light and dark pieces or playing with height when arranging tabletop decor. Check out our guide to feng shui for more tips.

“Symmetry and scale bring a sense of balance to a space, which can actually help to mute feelings of low-level anxiety. If your room has a lot of sharp corners or right angles, consider adding some softer shapes to help break up the lines and support the flow of energy.” –Hope C., Modsy Designer

10. Avoid Perfection

A space that feels too perfect and overly designed isn’t welcoming or homey—in fact, it can feel downright uninviting. To keep your home from becoming a showpiece, seek balance between order and livability—mixing organization and beautiful, polished pieces with practical items that you’ll use everyday. The idea is that making your space look like it’s lived in will further invite you to truly live and relax in your space! (Just be sure to avoid clutter, which is definitely stress-inducing!)

“Keep things to just the necessities to create a relaxing and clutter-free look—but make each piece aesthetically pleasing and purposeful. Marie Kondo has it right; every piece in your home should ‘spark joy.’ That’s just as important as function!” –Mackenzie R., Modsy Designer

What do you think? Will you implement any of these tips in your space to enhance your sense of calm? Are there any new ideas you’re going to try out? And don’t be afraid to share if there’s anything we missed and let us know in the comments! We’re always looking for more tips for creating a calm and peaceful home!

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Top 10 Bedroom Paint Colors For 2021

We all spent a lot more time at home last year. And we’ll likely be doing the same the year, too. While our living and dining rooms may have turned into action-packed offices and classrooms, our bedrooms became the ultimate sanctuary for rest and retreat.

So, to get set for the rest of 2021, now’s the time to give your bedroom a facelift and make it feel even more relaxing and special. Beyond having all the right bedroom essentials, consider sprucing up your wall color with a fresh coat of paint! It’s the easiest way to transform your bedroom into a serene and cozy haven—whether you’re painting an accent wall in a minty green or going for an earthy neutral all around.

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But with so many paint options, narrowing down your bedroom paint colors can be challenging. To help you with that, we’ve rounded up our top 10 bedroom paint colors from Benjamin Moore, Farrow & Ball, and Sherwin-Williams that are sure to change up the vibe in your space. Read on to see the colors and get our tips along the way!

If you’re just starting to think about paint colors for your bedroom, check out our guide for how to choose a color palette. Or get inspiration from the 2021 colors of the year and our gallery for bedroom design ideas.

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1. Hague Blue, Farrow & Ball

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Hague Blue is a deep, saturated blue and it makes for a bedroom paint color that feels traditional and stately. It has undertones of green, which give it a timeless, dramatic touch.

The vibe: Compared to other bedroom colors, Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue can make your bedroom feel like a cocoon—or a cave but in the most positive way! It’s a wall color that plays up an instant feeling of warmth and comfort, and it will add a calming and cozy look.

How to make it work: Hague Blue is great for updated traditional and modern rustic interiors. You’ll want to contrast it with pops of lighter colors in your decor for balance—think white linens, a vintage rusty-orange rug, a green ottoman or art. The color also works beautifully with Mid-Century Modern designs and jewel-tones for a more bold look.

It’s perfect if you… love bold wall colors but want something sophisticated and timeless.

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2. Pavilion Grey, Farrow & Ball

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Pavilion Grey is a cool and classic medium-toned grey. It has subtle blue undertones, which makes it the perfect neutral that still feels warm and cozy. It’s closest in color to earth tones.

The vibe: Farrow & Ball’s Pavilion Grey can bring in a contemporary and spacious look that opens up a bedroom. It’s a paint color that mixes with most colors and it creates a soothing environment—especially when there’s nice ambient lighting or lots of natural light.

How to make it work: This shade is a true universal neutral, which means it goes with many different styles of furniture and decor. You can play up the color’s warmth by pairing it with other warm accents and furnishings, like beige upholstery and wood tones, or it can blend seamlessly with cool blue tones. Try contrasting this grey wall color with white trims for a crisp look.

It’s perfect if you… want color on the wall that’s not too bold and has just enough personality.

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3. Ripe Olive, Sherwin-Williams

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This rich and earthy olive-green by Sherwin Williams is the perfect hue for an elegant bedroom. It’s a paint color with cool yellow undertones, which makes it feel sumptuous and sophisticated.

The vibe: Sherwin-Williams’s Ripe Olive is one of those bedroom colors that immediately gives your space a rustic, updated traditional look and feel. It’s the perfect bedroom paint because it brings a grounded, inviting feel. And even though it’s on the bolder side, it still feels calming.

How to make it work: You can count on this Sherwin-Williams olive shade to work with other rich neutrals, such as darker wood tones, crisp black and white upholstery, or tan leathers. It will also stand out next to metal details, such as brass and gold tones, which will make it pop.

It’s perfect if you… like an earthy, saturated color that has a timeless yet trendy vibe, or if you love the look of green room color schemes.

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4. Saybrook Sage, Benjamin Moore

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Part of Benjamin Moore’s historic collection, this paint color exudes traditional elegance. It’s a tried-and-true classic green and yellow undertones, making it a warmer green shade.

The vibe: Benjamin Moore’s Saybrook Sage offers a springy vibe for a bedroom. It has a subtle presence, making it a shade that’s light and airy, like a breath of fresh air. It’s the perfect blend of energetic and calming.

How to make it work: While this Benjamin Moore sage can feel very traditional, it can also be eclectic depending on your bedroom furniture and decor. Try pairing the color with natural materials, like caning, rattan, natural woods, linen, and jute, for a layered and texture look.

It’s perfect if you… like classic colors or something earthy that’s not overly saturated or dark.

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5. Georgetown Pink, Benjamin Moore

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Also from the Benjamin Moore historic collection, Georgetown Pink is one of the best bedroom colors for an easy, elegant look. Its beige undertone makes it a warm pink that goes with lots of color schemes.

The vibe: This is a classic Benjamin Moore hue that still feels somewhat youthful. With this soft pink, you can bring a warm, peachy vibe to the bedroom. and it adds a cozy-cottage-like ambience, so your space will always feel homey.

How to make it work: Perfect for classic, coastal, and traditional-style interiors, this shade can sway more pink or beige depending on the lighting and accent pieces in your bedroom. Try pairing it with bright blue-and-white pieces and natural textures—preppy pillows, a patterned rug, colorful art, woven seating—to keep this pink bedroom look from looking flat or muddy.

It’s perfect if you… want a timeless paint color with a hint of bright warmth.

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6. Simply White, Benjamin Moore

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Simply white is fresh, clean and crisp Benjamin Moore classic. It’s neither cool nor warm, which makes it a universal go-to paint color for a bedroom, no matter the style.

The vibe: The best thing about Benjamin Moore’s Simply White is that it has universal appeal, meaning it can work across all interior styles, from modern to traditional to rustic. It also always sets a crisp tone while providing a backdrop that’s simple and serene.

How to make it work: The best way to work in this Benjamin Moore white, without it feeling stark or cold, is to add in lots of textures, like a carved-wood bed and a sheepskin rug. And layer in art and bright lighting for pops of color and pattern. You can also get more ideas for furnishing a white room in our guide to decorating with white.

It’s perfect if you… want a tried-and-true bedroom color that’s a blank canvas to build on.

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7. Revere Pewter, Benjamin Moore

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A light gray with warm undertones, Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter is a classic shade of grey that’s the perfect, unifying neutral.

The vibe: Revere Pewter has a way of instilling a warm, calming, restorative feeling in the bedroom. It’s also an anchoring neutral, meaning it can easily work with multiple color schemes because it has a bit of weight to it visually.

How to make it work: This soothing Benjamin Moore grey is the kind of bedroom paint color that’s great in transitional, rustic, and minimalist interiors. Pair it with other warm neutral furnishings and accents, such as textured gray bedding, light-toned and white-painted woods, and natural fiber pieces. It will all work with this pewter grey shade to add an earthy, restful feeling to your bedroom.

It’s perfect if you… want a neutral paint color that’s more saturated and cozy. Also check out our tips for decorating with neutral paint colors.

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8. Moody Blue, Sherwin-Williams

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Almost like a turquoise blue but a bit more unsaturated and sophisticated, Sherwin-Williams’ Moody Blue has green undertones and brings both lightness and energy into a bedroom.

The vibe: Soft and easy on the eyes, this Sherwin-Williams blue is both calming and uplifting. It has effortlessness to it’s one of the best bedroom colors if you want a space that’s serene, soothing, and stimulating all at once.

How to make it work: Although it’s a relatively light shade, this Sherwin-Williams blue is still very saturated, so pair it with neutrals or even lighter tones to offset it. This will help add lightness to your space and open it up. It’s a great pick for coastal and boho interiors. Mix it with other pastels, eclectic furnishings, and woven accents for a chic and whimsical look.

It’s perfect if you… love blue room color schemes or simply want a space that’s bright without being overwhelming or too bold.

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9. Dimity, Farrow & Ball

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Farrow & Ball’s Dimity is similar to a very pale taupe because it has red undertones. It also means this a great color for adding warmth and depth without feeling intrusive in the bedroom.

The vibe: Dimity is an elegant and soft neutral shade that gives a room a sumptuous feeling without coming off as overly dainty. It’s the perfect paint color if you want something that’s slightly warmer than white but not as saturated as beige.

How to make it work: It’s a paint color that’s super versatile, so it works with classic, rustic, traditional, or eclectic interiors. Contrast it with other neutrals, such as bright whites and warm grays, and natural wood tones. The key is to play on both the cool and warm sides of Dimity, so mix it with beige and pink accent seating as well as crisp white bedding and sheepskins.

It’s perfect if you… like neutral colors but want warmth, depth and something that adds a bit of coziness to a space.

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10. Sea Salt, Sherwin Williams

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A light shade of green, Sherwin Williams’s Sea Salt has a freshness and airiness to it. It feels instinctively coastal, and it’s the paint color you want for a bedroom that feels light and breezy.

The vibe: Sea Salt brings the ease of oceanside style and coastal homes to any bedroom. So it’s a perfect relaxing shade to lean into for coastal, transitional, and minimal interiors.

How to make it work: It’s one of those bedroom colors where a little can go a long way, so consider using it as an accent wall color. It’s a great way to play up this green, as it can easily feel overwhelming on all four walls—which can be the case with greens that appear soft at first. (You find out more in our tips for accent wall designs.) Pair this Sea Salt shade with other neutrals, shades of blues, and light wood tones for that elegant seaside look.

It’s perfect if you… want a bright and light paint color without it being a neutral.

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7 Foolproof Color Schemes For Red Rooms

We’ve explored green room color schemes. And we’ve broken down blue room color schemes. Now, we’re turning our focus to red, a color we’re seeing pop up in homes all over. Although, it can be a little challenging to decorate with red color palette because it can easily feel overly aggressive or loud. So we’re here to help offer some guidance.

Red is obviously a vibrant color, so it adds impact wherever it’s used. Whether it’s a dining room painted with bright red walls or a living area with pops of cherry red, the color injects instant personality into spaces. Red also works with lots of other colors—the trick is finding the right pairing or combination so that you won’t get tired or overwhelmed by all of it. All to say, balance is the name of the game when decorating with red.

Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best red color schemes for your home along with tips from our designers. Read on for our ideas on how to bring the color into your rooms.

Just starting to think about paint and can’t decide on a color palette? Check out our guide for how to choose a color palette.

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The Color Scheme: Red, White & Blue

One of the most classic color combinations is a red, white, and blue palette. Which means it’s timeless and foolproof! It’s a palette that works in any space, and you can use pretty much any shade of red, white, or blue.

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With this color combination, start with white as your base, going with white upholstery and keeping your walls bare. This will give you a crisp foundation to layer on your blues and your reds. Add in simple light blue accents, like a solid baby-blue pillow or an ocean-blue striped ottoman, which will look more like a neutral, to complement your white furnishings. Balance it all out with bright red accents, such as pillows and nautical art. Alongside the blue and white, they add a bright burst of color without overpowering the space.

Why We Love It:

This is a great way to ease into red decor. If you love the coastal or Americana traditional styles, this is also an easy palette that naturally lends itself to those looks.

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The Color Scheme: Pops Of Earthy Red

Pops of burnished red against a neutral palette are great if you want to dabble with the color without committing to a full red look.

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How To Get The Look:

You want to kick things off with a base earthy tones, so pull in furnishings and accents in natural wood tones, woven textures, and light neutrals. Be sure to play with textural accents like curtains, art, and pillows, which are easy to pair with other colors and less expensive to swap out. Anchor it all with a rug that has hints of burnished reds and browns. This will make work beautifully when you layer in earthy orange-reds, be it with pillows, a throw, or art.

Why We Love It:

This color combo has a warm, homey, and inviting vibe. It’s the perfect blend of boho and sophisticated and you can easily dress it up or down with more orange red tones (or fewer) depending on the seasons.

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The Color Scheme: Terracotta + Green

For an even more earthy approach to red, try terracotta red mixed with woodsy green and natural tones. It’s a color combination that offers just the right amount of rustic while still looking sophisticated.

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Bold is the name of this color game, so you want to incorporate this color combo in a big way. Terracotta red is a saturated hue that works beautifully with green, especially a muted, earthy green. Start by painting a wall or look for a rug that’s accented with terracotta red. From there you can layer in a green sofa, pillows, and balance it all out with natural wood pieces. The result will be a space that feels rustic with an organic, southwestern look.

Why We Love It:

Warm and welcoming, this color combination is a cozy take on red living room designs and can work with a wide range of interior design styles. It’s the perfect foolproof palette for a transitional or modern rustic look.

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The Color Scheme: Red and Black

Cherry red and black is a surefire color combination for an edgy and modern look. It’s a great pairing if you tend to gravitate towards industrial, ultra-modern, and mid-century style designs.

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With this color combination, you can dial it up or down. Consider whether you want to go with just pops of red and black or take a full-out approach with the colors, like this teenage boys room. Either way, start with black (with white) as your backdrop, then work in your reds. You want white to be the neutral that balances out the bold-on-bold look of red and black. Try a black-and-white wallpaper along with furnishings and accessories accented with red. You’ll get an instant high-contrast look that’s cohesive and contemporary.

Why We Love It:

This is a great color pairing to use with wood tones for a clean, contrasted look. We love that it’s a palette that also works well with bold patterns. In fact, it’s best to lean into red and black patterned designs with this palette, which will keep your space from feeling too dark.

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The Color Scheme: Wine Red

Wine red is a color that always makes a statement, and it looks best when used in a bold way. Play up wine red with warm neutrals, such as ivory, eggshell white, and beige, which will give your rooms a sophisticated and elegant look and feel.

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How To Get The Look:

For this color palette, go with a painted wine red wall or statement art and upholstery in the shade. The key is to use this red as the base (versus neutrals), then layer in soft touches of white and beige tones. Think whitewashed dining chairs, beige slipcovers, a white wooden cabinet, or a white marble table. It will create an elevated red-and-white look that’s rich and saturated without feeling stuffy.

Why We Love It:

We love how wine red adds character and a traditional look to spaces, but it doesn’t feel old or dated. It’s a great color choice if you love saturated reds. For a more transitional look, you can also try pairing wine red with modern pieces in a range of white tones.

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The Color Scheme: Fuschia and Yellow

If you love color combinations that go with contemporary designs, consider glamorous red tones like coral, fuschia, and cherry red paired with a bright yellow. Because yellow and red are opposite each other on the color wheel, they work perfectly for a colorful high-contrast look.

How To Get The Look:

Set the foundation with a glamorous red tone. Any bold design in red, like the fuschia rug in this dining space, will help you figure out the best way to work in your yellow as well as other accent colors. For instance, the rug here makes for a vibrant backdrop that balances out the equally bright yellow dining chairs. Be sure to round out the colors with one big white furniture piece. It will help ground and tie everything together in your space.

Why We Love It:

This color combo is both glamorous and very modern, and it lends itself perfectly to tropical and eclectic style rooms. At the same time, we love how it energizes a space but still looks curated and sophisticated. And if you love jewel tones, this is the foolproof palette for you!

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The Color Scheme: Red-Brown Shades

Red-brown tones with dark wood tones make for a color combination that’s warm and inviting. It’s because red-browns have a richness and earthiness to them that gives them cozy appeal. It’s what makes them the ideal palette for both red bedroom designs as well as pink bedrooms.

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How To Get The Look:

When working with red-browns, it’s good to note that the shades span a broad spectrum. And they’re all muted but stately, so they go well with traditional style furnishings and spaces. One of the most elegant red-brown tones is coral, which is close to a deep, cozy pink. It can easily complement dark wood pieces, like the bed and matching nightstands here, while adding warmth. With any red-brown, however, be sure to mix it with pops of light tones, such as a tan or white, to make it feel less muddy and more sophisticated.

Why We Love It:

We love the versatility of red-browns and how seamlessly they work with dark wood pieces. It’s a grounding red that’s perfect for timeless, elegant, and classic-style rooms.

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12 Fool-Proof Color Schemes for Blue Rooms

Finding the right color palette when designing a room can be quite a challenge. Whether you’re designing a room around a favorite piece of furniture, a dreamy wall color, or starting completely from scratch, you want to make sure the colors you choose complement your space and style. Of course, sometimes you know you want to decorate a room with a certain color, but you aren’t sure what other colors to use in the space to support the look you want. Well, we’re here to help.

Today, we’re sharing their favorite color combinations involving blue. It’s one of our most-requested color palettes, and we want to guide you to the right colors to combine with it in your space. So, whether you’re brainstorming blue living room designs or blue bedroom designs, we can help guide you to some foolproof ways to incorporate blue into a bold and adventurous color palette, or for a perfectly classic look.

We’ve rounded up 12 blue color scheme design ideas to inspire your blue room design!

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The Color Scheme: Blue and White

Number one on our blue room color schemes? A blue and white color palette. It’s one of the most classic color combinations out there. It can work in any space, and you can really use any shade of blue with white.

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In a blue and white room, use white as your base color, opting for white upholstery in your main furniture pieces, like a sofa or bed and duvet cover. Then, add blue in accents throughout the room, and even in smaller pieces of furniture. To create color balance, go for 25/75 with blue and white, or even 50/50. Have some items in your space that are both blue and white—like the accent rug in this blue bedroom. For added depth, incorporate various complementary shades of blue—but keep your white shade the same for consistency.

Why We Love It

This is a classic, timeless color scheme that will always be in style. And it’s so versatile, working with so many different styles and spaces.
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The Color Scheme: Navy and Pink

Pink and blue (in this case, navy specifically) is a beautiful and bold color combination. It’s great for both bedrooms and living rooms, and suits modern and transitional styles.

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Begin with navy, adding it as a large wash of color in your space—like a navy sofa or blue paint on the walls. Then, add pink as an accent color throughout the space. Balance pink and blue with other neutrals, like white, black, metallics, or wood tones for a more natural look.

Why We Love It

This color combo is punchy and bold, but the use of navy (versus other shades of blue) keeps it looking sophisticated. We love that it balances dark and light and feels refined even though it’s a fun, playful combo. Check out this post for more pink bedroom inspiration!

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The Color Scheme: Monochromatic Blue

For a bold look, go for blue on blue on blue. With a monochromatic blue look, you can layer pieces that all utilize the same shade of blue, or use various shades of blue for a look with more depth. A monochromatic look works well in any space, but it can feel dark—so it’s best to try this look in a space with a lot of natural light.

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How to Get the Look

Blue walls are a great place to start with this look. But really, add blue everywhere—through furniture, on your rugs, and in your artwork and accessories. Add in complementary colors in subtle ways, but don’t make them the main focus. Here, we used pops of green to add a bit more depth to the space. Incorporating metallics in your furniture will add some light to the space.

Why We Love It

A monochromatic blue room is a bold statement. It creates a luxurious-feeling space that’s full of boldness and sophistication.

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The Color Scheme: Blue, Black, and Natural Materials

Blue, black, and natural materials is another foolproof color combination to use in a blue room. With this trio, we like gravitating toward a more muted blue, like the blue walls pictured above, which pairs beautifully with any wood finish, from light to dark. (Though, when pairing it with black, we prefer a lighter wood finish.)

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How to Get the Look

Balance shades of blue that compliment each other with natural materials, such as jute, wood, rattan, or clay. Then, add accents of black for a bold and edgy touch. Just make sure there are enough natural materials in the space so that it feels like the tones of the materials are a contributing factor in the color scheme and not merely accessories.

Why We Love It

Natural materials really pop against this shade of blue. It’s a great way to incorporate a beautiful color scheme with natural materials throughout.

blue and mustard yellow traditional style living room

The Color Scheme: Blue and Citrine

Citrine, a shade of golden yellow, pairs beautifully with blue—especially a tone of blue that is a little moodier, deeper, and darker. We love this combination in a classic bedroom or living room, as pictured above.

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How to Get the Look

Incorporate large washes of both blue and citrine for a bold look. (Like we did here with the blue wall and citrine sofa.) But trickle these colors into some of the accents throughout the space as well. To balance out the boldness of this color combination, layer in some neutrals, like creams, whites, and black, in the accessories and rugs. For depth and variety, add pops of bright white and brass or gold metallics.

Why We Love It

It’s a classic but bold look. It can feel very sophisticated and regal, but it can also lean Mid-Century Modern depending on the style of the pieces within your space.

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The Color Scheme: Blue, White, and Red

Red, white, and blue is an endlessly classic color combination. It pairs perfectly with Americana-inspired rooms, as well as with traditional and coastal styles.

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How to Get the Look

Use white as your base color, for the walls and large furniture, like a sofa or bed linens. Then, add blue into rugs, accessories, and even accent furniture like a chair. Incorporate pops of red in decor, wall art, and upholstery throughout the space. Make sure there’s a good balance of all the colors, even with one being the primary focus.

Why We Love It

This is a classic color combo that’s hard to mess up. It has that classic Americana vibe, with a 90s nostalgia mixed in, which we can’t get enough of.

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The Color Scheme: Navy, Black, and White

The combination of navy, black, and white pair naturally together, with the black giving a modern edge to a nautical or coastal space.

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How to Get the Look

A crisp white wall is the perfect backdrop to this color palette. Besides that, make blue the prominent color in the space, incorporating it in rugs, pillows, art, and accent furniture. Focus on navy, but feel free to layer in different shades of blue, like sky blue, for lightness and contrast. Use black and white as supporting colors in your furniture and decor. Add in other textures like metals, woods, woven textures to drive home the nautical or coastal vibe.

Why We Love It

This is a classic look with a modern edge. It’s great for beach and lake houses.

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The Color Scheme: Light Blue and Off-White

Light blue mixed with off-white and sandy browns is a great color combination for coastal and rustic style spaces. It’s perfect for living rooms, like the one pictured above, but it’s also a great color scheme for dining rooms and bedrooms.

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How to Get the Look

Layer in various but complementary blue hues with off-white, sand, and natural tones—either in textiles, or natural materials or elements like a wood table. Add plenty of natural and neutral colors to balance out the shades of blue.

Why We Love It

This color combination is both warm and bright—making for an inviting space. Plus, it’s exactly the color scheme you think of when you think of coastal space!
traditional living room with blue sofas facing each other in front of fireplace

The Color Scheme: Navy and Gold

The combination of navy and gold tones gives off a regal and formal vibe—but with a slight edge of glam. It’s a perfect color scheme for traditional or classic spaces with a slightly modern flair.

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How to Get the Look

Start with a saturated blue tone, like navy and even a charcoal blue, then accent it with taupe to help ground the space. Incorporate gold in accent furniture and artwork. Adding in interesting textures and shapes will add a modern or glam edge to this more classically inspired color palette.

Why We Love It

This saturated palette is high-impact but easy to pull off, creating a classic but bold look.
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The Color Scheme: Dark Blue and Orange

Blue and orange is a fun and modern color palette that’s great for more casual spaces. And, since blue and orange are complementary colors, it’s easy to get this one right.

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How to Get the Look

This is a bold color combo, so the key is not to overwhelm the space with color. Rather, start with a neutral base in your space (like bright whites and light grays), then accent it with blue and orange. We love it in pops in wall art, pillows, and throws. For something more bold, add the dark blue into an accent wall or try blue or orange in an accent chair. For a more sophisticated look, have the orange lean a bit rusty or even brick red.

Why We Love It

It’s fresh and bold, but the colors are opposite on the color wheel so they really complement each other.

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The Color Scheme: Blue and Green

Blue and green is a fresh and springy color scheme that adds brightness to any space. And it’s pretty flexible, as you can combine almost any shade of blue and green!

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How to Get the Look

To keep the space stylish and bright, keep the room grounded in a base of neutrals. We particularly like a bright white with this color combo. Then, incorporate sage or springy greens and deep blues in accents throughout the space. (In rugs, curtains, accent furnitures, pillows, and throws.) Add them in solids and patterns for added visual interest.

Why We Love It

Shades of blues and greens—especially when paired with crisp neutrals—create a fresh, preppy vibe. It’s a lively and classic color combination.
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The Color Scheme: Blue and Purple

The combination of bright blues and purples plays with warm and cool colors, making a fun and youthful palette. It’s perfect for a kid or teen room.

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How to Get the Look

With this color scheme, you can use any shade of blue and purple. Just keep it bright and fun! Add in whites and light grays to help ground the look, and then add in splashes of pink to pull the whole palette together.

Why We Love It

The combination of various shades of blues and purples brightens up any room, giving it a youthful glow.

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Trend Spotlight: Bold Colored Rooms Are Bringing Joy Inside

Want the scoop on one of the latest and greatest interior design trends? First, shameless plug for our podcast, because in episode 4 we dug into some of the best and worst of interior design trends over the decades, including what we’re loving right now. But that’s not why we’re here!

The trend we’re talking about today? Bold-colored rooms! With the world at large feeling like it’s at a stand-still, and nothing but bad news filling our newsfeeds, people are bringing some excitement and joy into their lives with bold colors. Since we’re spending so much time at home, people are brightening up their spaces, and color is a huge part of that. In the past couple months we’re seeing more and more people embrace bold colors in their home rather than cover them up with neutrals.

A great example of this is blogger Kate Arends of Wit & Delight, who’s embracing brightly colored rooms in her new home. And Veranda just published their Bold Color issue with some seriously daring color palettes on display. You can even see this trend in small ways in Kendall Jenner’s cozy LA hideaway.

In many cases, this trend is showing up in bold wall colors. But you can definitely get this look without breaking out the paint! Ready to dig into this trend and maybe try it out in your own home? We asked our designers how they’re working with this trend, and they shared their best tips on how to get the look in the rooms below.

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bold colored roomsStick With Colorful Decor

Here’s a great example of adding bold colors to your space without painting any walls. In this case, we simply integrated color through the accessories and decor while maintaining white walls. This is a perfect approach for those who aren’t sure how they’ll feel about a more brightly colored space. You aren’t committing to this trend in a more “permanent” way with a wall color, but you’re still embracing colors in a big way. A bedspread is a great way to add a huge wash of color (and pattern!) to a bedroom. We then added pops of color through art, plants, and accent pillows, creating a veritable rainbow within your bedroom. How cheery!

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bold colored roomsAdd One Big Statement Color

Another way to tap into this trend? Using a pop of one statement color. In this case, it’s through a bold-colored sofa—but you could also do this through an accent wall, a chair, wall art, a rug, or any other large-scale object in the room. Here, the rust sofa adds a warm, bold pop of color to the space, which really stands out in contrast to the otherwise neutral room. This is a great approach for those with minimal or glam styles where adding a bit of a dramatic flair is par for the course.

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bold colored roomsGo All Out

Want to dive headfirst into this trend? Go all out with a combination of colorful walls, furniture, and decor. It makes for a pretty beautiful room, huh? However, this type of bold color palette requires a bit of thought to make sure the colors coordinate. To achieve this look, consider a color palette with 2-3 dominating and coordinating colors, then mix those colors into all elements of the design in a repeating way. You can see this in the room above with the way that the yellow repeats in the sofa and pouf, while the blue repeats in the chairs, pillows, and wall art. You can also see small extra uses of the peach wall colors in the painting above the fireplace and a vase on the bookcase.

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bold colored roomsStrike Some Contrast

This room explores a similar approach as the room above, but with a very different execution. Go for a dark bold color on the walls, and then layer bold but contrasting colors in the rest of the space. In a living room, the sofa is the main contrasting element to the wall—so go for something like a purple wall with a mustard sofa like in the room above, or perhaps a dark blue wall with a white sofa. Basically, you just want to strike some major contrast. Then anchor the design with lighter pops of color in the other furniture and decor.

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bold colored roomsPaint An Accent Wall

Sometimes, painting an accent wall can have an even bolder look than painting a whole room. We love the idea of a bright and bold-colored accent wall in a room with striking architectural details or in a space that has a natural focal point. In this case, we painted a wall that has built-in shelving, but you could also achieve this through painting a full wall in a small space. To drive home this look, add pops of complimentary colors into the overall room design so the accent wall has a good sense of contrast within the space.

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bold colored roomsGo Monochrome

Another way to make use of bold colors in your space? Go monochrome. The repeated use of the same color tone will create a bold and dramatic look. For this approach, we recommend tapping into the earth tones trend. For your main color, use a calming color like sage, terracotta, or a mix of blues or greys. Here, we paired a green wall with matching curtains and a rug in a slightly deeper shade of green. But then we accented the space with pops of natural woods and other earth tones in the furniture and other decor. The result is a cohesive design that, when put all together, really pops.

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11 of the Most Popular Living Room Color Schemes

When it comes to living room design ideas, one of the most important elements to consider is the color scheme! Color sets the tone, mood, and vibe of a space. This can happen through living room paint colors, but also through your upholstery and decor.

Color psychology tells us that certain colors can influence if your home feels more calming or bold, cheerful or stimulating, dramatic or comfortable. Color can also impact how large or small a space feels—no renovation required!

So, when it comes to choosing a living room paint colors, and overall palette for your living room—a space where you spend so much time—ask yourself: what vibe do I want to create? It’s all about finding a color scheme that you respond to and that makes you feel good. And that’s going to be different for everyone!

Color also influences the other pieces you bring into your space—from furniture to rugs, art, and decor. So, landing on living room paint colors and an overall color scheme is a great first step when redesigning any room.

Today, we’re breaking down the most popular living room colors and palettes, along with what mood they’ll strike and what vibe they’ll create in your home!


There’s something so bright and cheerful about an all white living room design. It creates a calm, airy, and light vibe—but it’s far from being cold when you mix white with shades of cream and taupe. Varying light neutrals like these will create more depth and nuance in your space. And be sure to offset all the whites with warm wood tones for some rich natural texture throughout.

This color scheme is perfect for…

Those who want a bright—but not colorful—space and those who love natural textures. It’s perfect for boho and rustic styles.


A living room in greyscale doesn’t mean a bleak and dreary space. You can actually approach this color scheme in several ways—either using varying shades of dark and light grey, or pairing grey with white and black for contrast. Either way, a greyscale color palette infuses your living room with cool elegance and sophistication, creating a very cool and modern vibe.

This color scheme is perfect for…

Mod, industrial, and lofty spaces where you can play up the drama. It’s not an ideal choice for those who like lots of colors and liveliness in their space.

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A blue living room design creates a calm and welcoming vibe to your living room. We love the idea of mixing various shades of blue throughout the space, along with pops of white and natural materials for balance. This color palette is easy on the eyes and creates a very inviting atmosphere.

This color scheme is perfect for…

Those who love classic color combinations—because there’s nothing quite so classic as the blue and white combo. It’s the perfect color scheme for coastal and rustic styles!

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Jewel Tones

Want a lively and bold living room? Consider a bright, multicolor space, brought to life through a mix of jewel-tone colors. In the living room above, we went for a purple wall, which adds richness and drama to the space. We mixed that with a saturated rug, then used a mix of  pink, navy, and yellow accessoires to create a lush looking living room design. But, when decorating in jewel tones, it’s important to ground and balance out the look with wood, rattan, and other natural textures and materials.

This color scheme is perfect for…

Those who want an energized and personality-packed space. This palette would make glam and eclectic living rooms come to life!

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Gold & Green

A gold and green color palette creates a very sophisticated and elegant vibe in your living room—especially when pulled together with other warm metal finishes. It’s lively, too, as green represents growth and renewal and gold is a naturally exciting color, associated with warmth and opulence.

This color scheme is perfect for…

Those who want polished space that still has plenty of personality. This is a great look for those with glam style.

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Pastels are pale, soft shades of their more saturated color counterparts. So, if you want to create a warm and soft vibe in your living room, decorate in shades of pastel colors. We love the look of mixing various shades of pastel and blush pinks with light grey and other neutral tones, balanced with brass and wood accents. This creates a living room made for relaxation.

This color scheme is perfect for…

Those who want a peaceful and serene space. It’s a perfect palette for mid-century and transitional room designs.

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Love a good neutral? Try a mix of neutral shades—like white, cream, brown, and black—all in one room, then balance it out with metallics. This makes for great contrast while still creating a calm and inviting vibe.

This color scheme is perfect for…

Rustic and minimalist spaces, and for those who want a neutral color palette but with more warmth and depth of color than a white color scheme.

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Black & White

A black and white living room design creates a very cool and collected vibe. Going for a fully black and white color scheme is quite posh, while adding in other shades, like brown, will add warmth. A black wall may be an unexpected choice for a living room paint color, but it really sets the tone for this space.

This color scheme is perfect for…

Those who love a little drama but don’t want a lot of colors in their space. This is a great palette for those with modern rustic and minimalist styles.

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A green color scheme creates an earthy and serene vibe in your living room. We love combining multiple shades of green colors with rustic, natural woods and taupe upholstery. The result? A very soothing space.

This color scheme is perfect for…

Those who want earthy but polished space. It’s a particularly great color palette for homes with rustic or coastal style.

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The color brown encourages people to slow down and relax, and also creates a sense of security. So, a mixture of various shades of brown—from tan to rust to chocolate—are great for creating a stylized but warm and inviting atmosphere in your living room. But to keep this color scheme from feeling drab, we added in pops of blue for contrast.

This color scheme is perfect for…

Those who appreciate both modern and elegant spaces, in traditional and rustic styles.

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Here’s some good news: you don’t have to choose just one color to dominate the color scheme of your living room! In fact, we really love a multicolor palette, which creates an eclectic vibe. Above, we used a classic color combination of red, blue, and neutrals. But we brought those colors in through a variety of patterns for a very lively and fun space. Mixing in wood and natural materials helps ground the look.

This color scheme is perfect for…

Those who love classic color combinations but want a space with unique style.

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Hot Days, Cool Rooms – 5 Rooms that do Blue Walls Right

cool roomsSummer is here and it is HOT (at least in some places)! And, depending on where you live, this might be the time of year when you’re looking to escape the sweltering heat and find ways to cool down. If pulling the shades and blasting the cold air aren’t quite doing it for you, we’ve got you covered with some designs that feel like A/C in visual form. So instead of melting from the heat, chill out and take some design inspiration from these 5 oh-so-cool rooms.

cool roomsOrganically Chill Living

This room is the essence of simplicity, yet abounds in high style. The greenish hue of the walls (Benjamin Moore’s Bath Salts) is bright, crisp, and soothing to the senses. Not to mention the beautiful soft pink sofa – does it remind anyone else of a swimming pool? – where we could spend all day relaxing! This space is a perfect visual palette cleanser that will help you chill out and keep the heat at bay.

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blue roomsZen Entryway Escape

If you prefer a darker, more cave-like interior to seal out the heat, shades of blue are a wonderful solution. This combo of Charcoal Blue walls by Sherwin Williams and a mix of vibrant blue and white patterns creates an ultra-zen balance. The plush textures and natural elements are just the right blend of hard and soft materials when you need a laid-back place to cool off.

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cool roomsSerene Coastal Retreat

Soothing Origami White walls by Sherwin Williams are the centerpiece of this classic coastal look. The natural texture of the rug, coffee table, and armchair reflect the outdoor landscape while the blue-and-white decor keeps the vibe crisp and whimsical. A blue room design like this evokes all the beauty of being on the waterfront, without the stress of slathering on sunblock!

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cool roomsClear, Cool, Console

This classic, chic entryway is about as serene as it gets. The beachfront hues of the Palladian Blue walls by Benjamin Moore and the warm wood floors are lightened even further with stylish, functional decor. And the clear, acrylic console adds to the watery vibes, and is also a great hack for small spaces – it doesn’t add visual weight and it feels like it’s floating in the room (swimming pool not required).

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cool roomsCrisp Bedroom Breeze

This clean, contemporary bedroom look is centered around the serene Dustblu walls by Sherwin Williams. The crisp, cool whites and blues make this room feel just like an island breeze. Incorporating natural textures with a tactile quality, like the bed frame, nightstand, and accents, helps create a serene, spa-like bedroom escape. And the soft blue rug is truly the next best thing to diving into a cool body of water!

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Whether you’re giving your home a summer update or are completely starting from scratch, we can help make your design project easy, fun, and (almost) as relaxing as these rooms! Shop the look of these designs below or head to Modsy to start your project.

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