If ever there was a need to create a tranquil escape from the chaos of the
world, the time is now. Converting your living space into a soul-soothing refuge
may be easier than you think as a serene color palette is often all you need to
shift the mood of your home.
For many people, the home is a personal sanctuary, and through thoughtful color
design, you can discover a renewed sense of balance and ease each time you walk
through your front door. Incorporating colors inspired by simplicity and
serenity can create spaces that transform the home into a soothing and
A restorative style starts with soft and natural colors; simplicity,
approachability and comfort are also essential. Softened tones keep things easy
and uncomplicated for spaces that feel balanced and meaningful.
To start creating a peaceful refuge within your home, consider these tips from
the experts at HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams to discover how to use color to
paint a sense of calm for all who enter.
Peace on the Porch
Fuss-free styling on the front porch sets a tone for the ambiance inside. Make
sure all who enter know this is a place of calm and comfort by using soft,
subtle colors. A fresh coat of exterior paint - or a new shade on the front door
- can help freshen and brighten the space while purposeful, understated
furnishings and accessories lend themselves to a graceful welcome.
There's no space quite like the bedroom to command a peaceful presence. A
curated palette like the HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams 2022 Color Collection of
the Year offers multiple options that exude peacefulness and facilitate
tranquility. The Softened Refuge Collection, available exclusively at Lowe's, is
composed of 10 soft and simple tones that can be mixed and matched in any
combination for a perfectly cohesive look.
One highlight is the 2022 Color of the Year, Aleutian, a washed indigo that is
grounded by the warmth of its red undertones and bridges the gap between warm
and cool tones. It pairs beautifully with wood tones so you can easily
incorporate practical furnishings that lend to an aura of relaxation and
Laid-Back Living Room
Color that mimics the hues found naturally outdoors tend to soothe the soul.
Introduce natural calm to a place your family enjoys congregating by updating
walls to a sophisticated organic green that is rooted in nature. Carry the
relaxed mood throughout the room with complementing nature-inspired neutrals for
your furniture, window treatments and accent pieces.
Subtle Kitchen Spice
A stark white kitchen may feel crisp and clean, but it lacks the character that
color brings. You can keep that airy feeling while infusing some gentle,
welcoming warmth. Painted cabinets are on trend, so this is a perfect place to
play with color. Use a light neutral taupe for the cabinets then balance with a
warm, creamy white on the walls. If you're worried the space may be dull, infuse
a bit of color with a neutral blue on the backsplash. The soft hues work
harmoniously for a simple but stylish space.
"The Softened Refuge palette is designed to simplify color selection for a
perfectly coordinated home design," said Ashley Banbury, HGTV Home by
Sherwin-Williams senior color designer. "Color combinations within the
Collection can easily be used to craft spaces that help promote positive
physical and mental well-being."
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