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Five Tried and True Paint Colors for Your Bedroom

Five Tried and True Paint Colors for Your Bedroom

Generally, homeowners know which color they’d like to paint their bedroom. However, when it comes to picking out a shade from paint chips and swatches, many homeowners may find themselves thinking, “they all look the same,” or “none of these are the color I want.” Finding hues that are both calming and reinvigorating can often be a tricky feat. Depending on the amount of space you have to work with, the lighting that may be available to you and the furnishings and decor you already own, choosing the right paint can be a string of trials and errors. However, we can offer a tried and true list of the five easiest bedroom colors to work with.

1. White and Light

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    Not only has white been named the color of the year by several paint manufacturers, but it’s also being used more than ever to create a clean and calm ambiance in nearly any room. With its increasing popularity, several different variations and tones have popped up, making it difficult to find the perfect shade. The key to choosing the right white for your bedroom is by paying attention to its undertones. For example, creamier undertones lend a warm, glowing look to a space, which is particularly beautiful for bedrooms.

    2. Gray the Right Way

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      Gray has been a popular choice for homeowners with modern or transitional styles, as it isn’t as striking as black or as clean as white. Darker tones of gray, especially those bordering charcoal, are ideal for more masculine spaces that feature warm woods and metal. If you’re looking for a softer or more feminine gray, go lighter with a pink undertone for a calm and cool ambiance.

      3. Gray + Beige = Greige

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        While it sounds like a made-up color, greige is actually a part of many designers’ color palettes. Not quite as dark as brown, and definitely not as light as gray, greige offers a balanced note that works with nearly any style of decor. This gray shade with beige undertones complements white furnishings well, but also highlights darker pieces, too. Choose greige if you feel that gray is too cold and beige is too boring.

        4. Go-to Blue

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          As its name suggests, blue is one of our must-have colors when painting a bedroom. With so many hues available, blue can create a stark contrast or a soft atmosphere, depending on where you splash it. We actively use navy blue. In fact, we call it the “color of the decade,” because it is bold enough to work for a modern space but can serve as an accent color for a more serene or transitional environment. It’s a good idea to try lighter blue hues, like sky blue or sea foam, for a beach side vibe while drifting off to sleep.

          5. The ‘In-Between’ Green

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            Not quite green and not quite gray, in-between green is the perfect shade for a relaxed and cozy bedroom space. Typically found in classic or transitional spaces, this shade of green is both sophisticated and laid-back. In-between green beautifully complements dark wooden furnishings and lighter colored linens for a soft and subtle balance. Other colors that we would recommend for a secondary palette are mellow shades of yellow, as they tend to make a space feel smaller and much more intimate, but not so snug that it feels cramped. Deep burgundy is a great color for an accent wall, or try gold and soft yellow-orange hues for a more masculine and elegant feel. For more color inspiration, you can review Home Depot’s wide-ranging selection of paint colors online. What are some of your favorite shades to work with in a bedroom?

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            Last Updated on December 2, 2018

            How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

            How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

            Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

            The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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            The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

            Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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            Review Your Past Flow

            Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

            Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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            Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

            Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

            Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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            Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

            Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

            We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

            Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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