7 Calming Paint Colors to Create a Stress-Free Sanctuary
Tranquil blues, calming greens, and beyond.
Feeling stressed? A little color therapy might help. In such uncertain times, creating a beautiful home that serves as a safe and calm sanctuary is more important than ever. The right color has the power to make or break your mood so if you’re looking to bring a greater sense of calm into your life, it might be time to repaint. Science says certain colors can not only help you relax, but also help you feel less anxious and more balanced. So try one of these calming paint colors to bring instant zen to your space. A fresh coat of paint can do wonders!
Tranquil blue hues
Shades of blue evoke a sense of calm so blue paint colors are perfect for creating a relaxing effect in any room you roll them in. Known for feeling exceptionally soothing, blue paint colors bring to mind clear, tranquil waters which can have tremendous psychological and emotional benefits. We turn to water for a sense of calm and clarity which is why we feel totally rejuvenated after a trip to the beach or a jog by the lake. Studies prove that shades of blue are known to reduce stress, anxiety, lower blood pressure and can even help you sleep better! Cue instant calm with these popular shades of blue:
Peaceful and relaxing, our medium-hued blue-green color Views is inspired by beautiful ocean #views and conjures up the tranquil vibe of the crystal clear Caribbean Sea. Like a sight from the shore, this color is picture perfect and would look absolutely stunning in any space—from a spa-like bathroom to a serene bedroom to a colorful living room or even an entryway. Bring the beach home with this soothing shade.
Nairobi comes from the Maasai phrase “Enkare Nyrobi,” which translates to “cool water.” Nairobi Blue is a soothing light blue hue that definitely brings to mind the feeling of fresh waters and cloudless skies. It’s the perfect choice for creating a space to unwind and de-stress.
Headspace is a soft and airy blue-green hue that brings a sense of calm to any space. This best-seller looks dreamy paired with soft neutrals and is a perfect choice for a bedroom, a bathroom or any space where you create a serene and relaxing atmosphere.
Soothing shades of green
Shades of green are reminiscent of nature which can induce a sense of stillness, peace and harmony. According to studies, spending time in nature can help relieve stress and anxiety, improve your mood, and boost happiness. Bring nature home with the perfect green paint color to conjure up feelings of comfort and contentment in your space.
A restful shade of green like Money Moves is a great way to bring nature indoors. This easy on the eyes hue has a zen vibe that will instantly bring harmonious balance to your space.
A soft barely there gray with an obvious green undertone, this color’s namesake says it all. Chill is light, airy, and calming... an excellent antidote to a long day. It's also an extremely versatile neutral. Pair it with white tile for a fresh look in a bathroom or kitchen, or go monochrome to bring peaceful vibes to your living room, bedroom or dining room. It’s sure to help you mellow out no matter what room you choose.
Airy, understanded neutrals are calm, reassuring and always help set a serene mood in your home. Neutrals also give you a lot of flexibility to incorporate colors into your home through accents and accessories. Zap away your stress and create a calming effect with one of these relaxing hues.
The perfect mix of warm and cool, Windy City is a clean, sophisticated neutral that will make your space feel airy and calm. Easy and breezy, it feels like a breath of fresh air and is a great choice to help you relax.
No filter is a beautiful beige that’s so stunning it requires #nofilter. It channels the feeling of warm, sandy beaches which brings a laid back sensibility. Make this your go-to neutral when you want to bring feelings of cozy comfort to your space.
Calming Paint Color Combinations
The beauty of these calming paint colors is that they’re all colors found in nature which pair together harmoniously. Blues and greens bring to mind open skies, blue waters and lush landscapes, while neutrals lend an earthy, natural feel. Mix and match any of these shades for a no-fail complementary color combo with an exceptionally calming effect.
Looking for more soothing shades? Check out: The Best Bedroom Paint Colors for a Good Night’s Sleep.