The bedroom is our personal sanctuary for a hectic, demanding world. The bedroom is the place in the house where we should be able to get away from it all, can relax and rejuvenate.
According to Jack Bredenfoerder, the president of Color Marketing Group (CMG), “People want to simplify their lives, and we’re seeing that trend in color palettes for the bedroom and throughout the home.” The Color Marketing Group predicts a trend toward soothing shades taken from nature in the bedroom.
Earthtone shades of medium to dark browns are perfect for the bedroom because they are nurturing. Bredenfoerder explained that “In 2018 we are going to continue to see beiges, browns, and tans that will tend to more earthy and grounded – reflecting the colors of rock, stone, and soil”.
Seattle designer Nancy Satterberg said, “Greens and browns are a classic combo that’s very popular right now.” She goes on to explain that the colors give a feeling of cozy warmth in the bedroom. She cautions to select the shade of green with care, as some shades are not flattering to the skin. Greens should be fresh and light. Light shades of green are lime green and Fernwood green.
Shades of Blue
The Color Marketing Group predict s that the trend toward environmental palettes will boost the popularity of soothing combinations of green, blue, and blue-green. The greens are softer, such as botanical green. Blues reflect the colors of the sky and water. Soft shades of botanical green water blue with white trim are a soft fresh look.
Blues and greens have long been considered the most relaxing and soothing shades. The blue-green color combination is perfect for a restful bedroom. The Pantone Color Institute, which is an interior design industry leader that forecasts the hottest color trends, has recently introduced a new palette of blues and blue-greens that are inspired by water.
Lavender is a soothing, peaceful color that combines well with a look of old Hollywood glamor. Gold can brighten up the look of lavender. Neutral tones, such as eggshell on the trim and ceiling, combine for a lovely balanced color palette.
In the Pink
Bold pink can have a sophisticated, yet warm, relaxing look. CMG’s Brederfoerder said, “This isn’t the same soft, sweet pink you see in little girl’s rooms.” He goes on to explain that pink has become a solidarity color for women. Strong pink is the color of the Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbons. The sophisticated pink has just a little yellow tone in it.
For young girls, the new shades are lavender and green. The green should be light and fresh, so it does not overpower the lavender. Lavender is a soothing tone that is complemented by an earthy spring green. Botanical green had a light, fresh appeal that refreshed the senses.
The color trends are natural and relaxing, rather than overpowering. Look to the outdoors, the lakes, skies, rocks, earth, and the flower gardens to see examples of these refreshing color combinations.