Finding Calm in an increasingly hectic world has become a challenge. With the constant invasion of technology, life carries on at a frantic pace. Life is so often the ‘full noise’ and turned up so loud it is not a surprise that many of us will seek sanctuary in a soft neutral colour scheme. We are bombarded all day long so why would we want to come home to a colour calamity that screams ‘full on’?
We want colours that are calm, soothing, soft and subtle like in the above photo, courtesy of Woonmagazine. This can be anything from Greyed off whites, a whole range of creams and an infinite variety of oatmeals, greys, taupes and browns. These colours are borrowed from nature, so think about our sandy beaches, silver fish grey skies, weathered grey woods and foliage such as Manuka, Corokia and Astelia plants. Cliff faces, pumice and rocks can also provide colour inspiration – nature has so much to offer to a colour scheme doesn’t it?
To be calm you will need to be ‘cocooned’ so think about darker, smudgy colours. (I’m not thinking Black and White here – too cliché and overused). Darker colours will come toward you and are somehow a lot more nurturing than stark whites and hard blacks. B & W are too ‘edgey’ and uninteresting to impart calm in your life. Try out Moody Mellow colours that are softened off. A good example is the photo above – love that picture window and how it brings the outdoors in along with a textural play. The muddied-off-pinks and mushroom-browns below are another great example how a naturally neutral interior can be calm and welcoming at the same time.
It is also wise to remember when doing a calm, soft scheme that is important for you to layer with textural touches too. Place rough with smooth, shiny with matte. (The first photo is a good example of this) Texture is so often overlooked in a calm, tranquil interior scheme and is the most important layer to add the depth, character and soul to your interior. Below, not a lot of colour is used, but touching use of texture makes for an interesting play on grey.
Again let nature be your inspiration. Anything left outside will weather off in the wind, sun, rain and salt air to a perfect neutral – cedar, zinc, driftwood. When adding texture think rough logs, with smooth velvets, shells, plants and sisal matting; Soft mohair and linens too. Below are more examples of how to work with calm colours in your bedroom and home office. What you will also find working within limited colour palettes such as these, is that they will create continuity and flow to your home and therefore the illusion of space. All good things don’t you think? So, Bring the outdoor colours inside, to Keep Calm on the Inside.
If you would like help creating a soothing, calm colour scheme for your home we’d love to hear from you.
The above inspiring photos are from Woonmagazine.