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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 9, 2019

            5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

            5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

            Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

            Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

            Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

            1. Get Rationally Optimistic

            Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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            This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

            In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

            The result: no more mental stress.

            2. Unplug

            Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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            How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

            It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

            Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

            3. Easy on the Caffeine

            Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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            Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

            4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

            That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

            How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

            • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
            • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
            • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

            While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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            5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

            This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

            The result: mental stress will be gone!

            So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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