It stands to reason that when you’re decorating your home, you should put some serious time into thinking it through. After all, the environment hugely affects your productivity, the quality of your sleep, and overall mental well-being.
And one of the most important (yet often overlooked) details about decorating your home is the color!
A soft pastel color will calm you down after a long day.
Chances are that when you come home from work, you’re tired, and seeing a bright, screaming color jump out at you is the last thing you want. Bright colors are agitating and only tend to heighten the stress you’ve accumulated during the day.
Soft pastel walls work with pretty much any aesthetic.
Sure, that can also be said about white walls, but for many, white walls are simply too bland. The great thing about using a pastel wall color is that it can actually complement your furniture and the room’s décor if used right. For example, if your furniture in the kitchen tends toward a light yellow palette, then a similar wall color can really complete the room’s look.
With bright colors, it’s much harder to find a balance between the wall and the furniture, and even one tiny piece can ruin the entire room. Pastel rooms are much more difficult to ruin.
Soft colors also offer great versatility.
While sometimes it can be fun to have your walls matching your furniture, with soft colors, you don’t have to. See, pastels tend to be very versatile and allow you to play around with contrasts a lot. By their very nature, contrasts tend to be quite jarring, and when done with bright, bold colors, they can actually be quite tiring on the eye.
A pastel contrast creates an interesting opposition, without making you feel like the wall might jump out at you.
Pastel makes you happy.
This is true, regardless of what your favorite color might be. You might prefer bright green or even black, but the fact remains soft pastels will boost your mood. Why? Because pastels aren’t in your face. They’re not bombastic, but rather shy, in the background. Besides, light pastel colors suggest happiness and well-being. No one associates light pink or baby blue with sadness, which is excellent news for you.
Many pastels can offer that warmth that brighter colors usually have, without being overbearing (which often has the opposite effect on your mood).
So what’s the right color for you?
You might have noticed we didn’t at all focus on naming any actual pastels in this article and for a good reason. Rather than telling you what pastel color is the best, we showed you some of the main benefits of soft colors. That’s because the decision in which color is the best is a highly subjective one.
So we won’t tell you which is ‘better’, but we will tell you what they’re most commonly associated with. Keep in mind that we’re talking about the soft, pastel versions of these colors!
· Blue is a very soothing color, much like looking at the sea;
· Pink is also very peaceful and believed to balance out the energies in your room;
· Green is a calming shade that promotes rest and is reminiscent of the tranquility of nature;
· Yellow is optimistic and offers you a gentle energy boost;
· Purple forms an exciting mix of calm and excitement;
· Beige is an earthly shade that also nourishes the soul and promotes inner peace.