Room for relaxation: Designer tips to create calming spaces

2020 has been a year of unexpected challenges and change. Now more than ever, it’s essential to make time to relax and rejuvenate, especially in the comfort and safety of your home.

As the weather cools and we spend more time indoors, fall is the perfect season to create a soothing oasis at home with calming shades. Drawing from natural tones of stone and sky can help destress and ground you. Here, Sharon Grech, Benjamin Moore colour and design expert, shares her designer tips to help you create room for relaxation.

 Uplift your mood with lighter hues. A sense of space and light can instantly lift your spirits, as we head into the colder months of the year. “Choose a light neutral palette to visually expand a room and soothe the senses,” says Grech. “Using Benjamin Moore Dune White CC-70, Collingwood OC-28 and Mount Saint Anne CC-710 throughout your home will create unified and harmonious spaces for comfort and relaxation.”

 Add soft textiles to bring comfort to the space. Pieces such as curtains, throw pillows or a cozy area rug in similar hues to complement a neutral palette and create an environment that encourages you to slow down and make time to unwind. Choosing touchable accents with natural fibres is a simple way to bring warmth and comfort to any room and establish a unified and calming atmosphere throughout your home.

Bring balance to your work-from-home space. Opt for soothing colours that support focus and calm all workday long, even during your most stressful moments. The green family is known to be the most comfortable for your eyes to process, especially if you spend most of your day looking at a screen.

Need another reason to add this colour to your home office? “Shades of green, like Louisburg Green HC-113 and even the more subtle Flora AF-470, encourage focus and productivity,” says Grech.