Stick with light colors
Aim for dusty blue, sage green, or other light-colored walls. These hues and tones promote a sense of relaxation and calm, according to a recent article in The Monitor On Psychology, a publication of the American Psychological Association. Here’s how to use color psychology to invoke the right mood in every room in your house.
Go for the grain
Though it’s unclear why, research has shown that people gravitate toward natural, light-colored wood that shows its grain, rather than non-grain surfaces like formica or even dark wood that’s all one color. And people are more comfortable with wood than with more modern materials, such as chrome and glass. Just don’t take the wood-grain look too far: Research also shows that it loses its stress-busting impact when it covers more than 45 percent of a room’s surface. Use these stress management tips to find the serenity in your life.