Need to unwind? Surround yourself with gentle hues

Use subtle colour to create a truly peaceful home.

In a world that is constantly calling for our attention, it’s important to create soothing spaces within our homes where we can switch off and re-energise our bodies and minds. For a colour scheme that both comforts and refreshes you, look no further than this grown-up palette of natural, smoky neutrals and delicate whites.

Confident yet modest, this colour trend is all about using subtle changes of colour and tone for maximum impact. To get started, create a pure white base. Then, slowly introduce colours with gentle undertones, such as pale sand, misty sky blue or cool stone. These smoky neutrals will add warmth and colour without dominating the space, while rugs or accessories in similar shades add a touch of texture.

When you’re working with a pale colour scheme like this one, lighting is your secret weapon to setting the mood. Keep the lighting low and soft by introducing plenty of freestanding low-wattage floor lamps and ceiling lights with dimmer switches. This look is all about simplicity and subtlety, so creating a space that feels quiet and thoughtful is important – no egos allowed!