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Last week we shared the golden rule of color. This week we have more great tips from Fawn Chang, Director, Color Certification, PP&G, who brought the program to exciting Windows. This week we’re talking about how color schemes can create calm.

There are several ways to create calm settings using these color tips. One easy way is by using a monochromatic color scheme. Pick one color, and then also use variations of it. In the photo at left, courtesy of, white/grey, and silver are used. Brown and green are then added for interest. Remember to follow the golden rule of color from last time, using proportions of 60:30:10. In this case, the 10% is divided between the brown and the green, using 5% for each.

One thing to keep in mind, the color you choose may impact the level of calm. For example, a monochromatic room of red, will be less calm than the one shown above in white. Red tends to create action.

Another method for creating calm is to us an analogous color scheme, or colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. You can use 2, 3 or 4 colors for your analogous color scheme, as long as they are next to each other. For example: using violet-blue, blue, blue-green, and green would be an analogous color scheme.

When choosing your color pallet, keep in mind that using cool colors will create a calm and relaxing room. This is restful to both mind and body. Examples are blues and greens like the sky and ocean. To create a more restful, nourishing and intimate space, rich, warm beige and tans work well. These are great for a bedroom, family or kitchen – rooms where relationships and our bodies are nourished.

Next time we’ll talk about using color to create excitement in a room.

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