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When we did an article on a bedroom makeover for around $1,000 last issue, we recommended a fresh coat of paint as a go-to item because it's a quick way to completely change the look of a room. When choosing colors for our bedrooms, it's important to select hues that help us get the rest we need — soothing chioces that relax and comfort us. Our staff isn't made up of color experts, so instead of guessing which colors were best for a serene bedroom, we decided to ask the color experts at top eco-friendly paint company (and one of Natural Home & Garden's long-time supporters) AFM Safecoat for recommendations for a serene bedroom. They sparked our interest with their new paint line based on Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medicinal system. In Ayurveda, everyone falls somewhere along a spectrum among three personality types, or doshas, which require different inputs—such as food and environment—to achieve balance.
What's My Dosha? (Take a more in-depth dosha quiz here.)
A) Thin and slender with prominent joints
B) Medium, symmetrical, muscular build
C) Large, round or stocky build
A) Dry, brittle or frizzy
B) Fine with a tendency to thinning or graying
C) Abundant, thick and oily
A) Light sleeper who awakens easily
B) Moderately sound sleeper
C) Long, deep sleeper who awakens slowly
A) Lively and enthusiastic; likes to change
B) Purposeful and intense; likes to convince
C) Relaxed and accepting; likes to support
If you answered mostly As, you are an airy Vata; mostly Bs, fiery Pitta; mostly Cs, earthy Kapha. Learn more about your dosha here!
AFM Safecoat recommended these three soothing color palettes suited to each dosha:
Top to bottom:
VATA: Vata people need to feel grounded so their colors should be earthy and soothing. From left: Stream, Nature, Time; see the full Vata line here
PITTA: Pitta people are intense and driven, so they need colors that are calming and balancing, but lively. From left: Vado, Poetry, Still; see the full Pitta line here
KAPHA: Kapha people want soft, harmonious colors, but they need to have energy to avoid feeling sluggish. From left: Warmth, Culture, Asana; see the full Kapha line here