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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 September 18, 2020

            7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

            7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

            Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

            Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

            1. Exercise Daily

            It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

            If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

            Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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            2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

            Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

            One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

            This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

            3. Acknowledge Your Limits

            Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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            Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

            Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

            4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

            Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

            The basic nutritional advice includes:

            • Eat unprocessed foods
            • Eat more veggies
            • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
            • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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            Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

              5. Watch Out for Travel

              Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

              This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

              If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

              6. Start Slow

              Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

              If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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              7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

              Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

              My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

              If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

              I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

              Final Thoughts

              Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

              Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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