How to Create a Calm Oasis in Your Space With Color

by Karianne WoodSeptember 23, 2016

Our home is busy. Busy as in, never-a-dull-moment-live-every-second-to-the-fullest type of home. It’s bursting at the seams with activities and appointments and guests and friends and family. Don’t get me wrong. I like busy. There are moments, however, when I seek a quiet moment in my day. When designing our home, I wanted to create spaces where pausing was okay. I wanted to create a calm, serene oasis in the spaces in my home. How did I create calm in the middle of busy? Easy. I used color.
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Step 1: Color your walls with neutral

I started with a basic color pallet for my walls with grays and khakis and tans and creamy whites. Just remember, when choosing color for a space, the paint strip sample is your friend. Simply find a color you like and then go up and down the strip, to find complementary lighter and darker colors. It’s also important to remember that neutrals don’t have to be boring. You can stripe a wall with two neutrals, add a stencil or even paint your molding a slightly different color to give personality to a space.
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Step 2: Layer in neutral accessories

Details, details, details. They make such a difference in a space. The key to selecting neutrals is to vary the color slightly and remember to incorporate texture. Here, a textured khaki throw tossed over the back of a sofa in the family room accents a pom pom pillow made from drop cloth and yarn. You can also incorporate neutral accessories by adding whiteware dishes, over-sized baskets, painted brick, chippy furniture and wooden cutting boards.
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Step 3: Add neutral to the floor

Creating a calm oasis in a room often starts with a neutral rug. Natural fiber rugs are one of the best options for a large area rug and extra-affordable as well. There are many different options of natural fiber rugs, including sisal, jute and even a braided, woven rug. My favorite rug choice is the seagrass rugs, like the two featured in this picture. They are long-wearing, affordable, easy to clean and are easy to layer with another rug in a space.
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Step 4: Layer in a little color

This calm, tranquil space was created by layering neutrals and finishing it off with one cool color to truly wrap the space in warmth and welcome. Here, the walls, ceiling, floors, larger rug, furniture and upholstery are all neutral. A layer of one color is added to the room with curtains, a smaller rug and textiles. Tired of the color after a season? You can change out the colors by simply removing the color and adding texture in its place.

Celebrate the calm in a world of busy. Take a moment to enjoy the day and press the pause button. Adding neutrals to your space on the walls, floors and by layering in accessories help to provide a serene, welcoming oasis.


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About The Author
Karianne Wood
KariAnne writes the lifestyle blog, Thistlewood Farm, from the back porch of her turn-of-the-century farmhouse in the beautiful rolling hills of Kentucky. Thistlewood Farm was awarded Country Living Decorating blog of the year as well as named one of the top 10 decorating blogs by Better Homes and Gardens. KariAnne loves to paint mismatched chairs, listen to the crickets singing in the back pasture, walk hand-in-hand with her knight-in-shining armor as the sun sets over the river and drink sweet tea with lime during a thunderstorm. And she has never met a decorating project she didn't like.

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