For a masculine and modern bedroom, choose a bed with presence and a strong, geometric shape, like this contemporary four-poster style. “A mix of geometric and organic patterns and shapes in the same deep color palette creates a sense of calm in this space and helps to ground and unify the various patterns in the rug, bedding and Fantoni lamps,” says designer Amy Lau of this elegant retreat.
This play area displays and stores a lot of toys while still making sure to leave floor space open for walking. Pale yellow walls and neutral carpet set a calm backdrop, and the toys provide vivid additions of color. A play table allows for storage underneath, and a green shelving unit lines up loose items. Fun, kid-themed art decorates the upper section of the walls.
The inspiration for this room is a bright and vibrant piece of art the clients brought back from South America. The space bridges the taste of the husband, who loves calm neutrals, and the wife, who loves bright and vibrant color schemes. The homeowners, parents of two young girls, needed this room to be family-friendly while still having a sophisticated feel for their guests.
A color scheme of pale blue and white make this master bedroom an oasis of soft calm. Slumber peacefully in the wood four-poster bed with blue, white and neutral linens. Enjoy quiet time reading by the light of a curved-neck lamp with white shades in one of the two patterned arm chairs, while propping your feet up on a round blue ottoman
A striking abstract artwork is the perfect focal point in this clean, neutral guest bedroom. "We love the old adage 'anticipate needs and meet them'" says Patrick. "So we've tried to make our guest rooms a place to exceed expectations." The blue in the artwork was purposeful as well. "Blue is part of our color palette and we think it's calming."
The simple furnishings and color scheme of this bedroom seem a perfect complement for a good night's sleep! The heaping arrangement of gray and white pillows and the darker gray throw also add to its calm setting. This design is perfect for a master bedroom or for a guest bedroom, if you wish to provide a no frills approach.
Two cream-colored linen chairs flank a Catena Table by Troscan in the Library at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2014. The top of the table is honed limestone, while the base is hand-finished and rubbed cast-solid bronze. Designer Geoffrey De Sousa created this space to be a calm respite after a long day.
After guests have passed through the entryway, this stunning living room is their first view of the house. While the space is simple, it has unique features that give it elegance and style. The neutral colors of the walls and the fabrics give the space a fresh, calm feeling, but the designers selected different textures of fabric to add depth to this space. The light, linen sofa is nicely juxtaposed with the heavily textured side chairs, and the patterned curtains add a touch of personality. All of these fabrics work together to create a simple, unique design with a light, fresh feel.
With a calming blue, gray and white color palette, it's hard not to find the perfect spot to relax in this contemporary coastal living room. A large cushioned sofa with throw pillows shares a woven rug and tree root coffee table with two armchairs, just steps away from the custom gray home bar with leather barstools. The room is provided with natural light from an oversized window and warm lighting from the overhead modern brass chandelier.
Replace boring pantry doors with an attractive curtain instead. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to add style and minimize clutter. If your kitchen already has a lot of patterns, then opt for a calm, neutral fabric. But if your space is minimally decorated, choose something with a little more color and flair, like this pantry curtain installed by Clay Snider Interiors for Dwell with Dignity to create soothing homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty.
Container-grown plantings are your friend when adding greenery to a terrace or balcony. “When you use typical landscape plants in pots or containers you’ll see them very differently than when they are planted in the ground,” says landscape designer Jeffery Erb. “You’ll see all the details up close and notice textures, vein patterns, the colors on the undersides of the leaves and more. So I like to use a minimal selection of plants in a small terrace or patio because it creates a more calm and serene environment — just what we need in the chaos of a city.” Erb advises choosing slow-growing cultivars that won’t outgrow their pots too quickly.
Botanical prints like these are fairly easy to find at thrift and antiques stores, and they can incorporate an old-fashioned luxury into the bedroom. Framed above the bed, they add a sense of nature and calm. “Painting everything ivory and white and the curtains the same color sets off the dark silhouette of the furniture,” says Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques." The Jenny Lind Spool bed, an old traveling trunk and shiplapped walls create a cozy feel.
Online lifestyle editor Briana and her boyfriend Buzz, a mobile developer, intended the bedroom in their Brooklyn loft to have an airy, calm, Palm Springs-inspired feeling. Yet the expansive wall behind their bed seemed impossible to fill and they knew small pieces would just make the space feel cluttered or jammed. By opting for one large piece of art hung directly above the bed, they found their sleeping area was instantly anchored. The key to using art successfully in small spaces is to opt for large, over-scaled pieces. Art pieces like this instantly add a graphic focal point and also offer a single source of color to inspire paint and accessories that personalize the space.
Muted spaces are all about a well-balanced, calm aesthetic. Rather than hanging high-energy artwork above the desk, a clean, classic grouping was made with framed photographs and women’s apparel. When grouping art and objects together in a saloon wall style, be sure to take scale and proportion as well as textural values into consideration. All the textures found in the framing, mat and woven hat play well together since they’re all from similar color families. Scale and proportion are kept in check by keeping spacing similar between objects.