How your home's interior can make your stressful day seem less overwhelming.

By Rebecca Soskin
June 28, 2011

In a world that's moving faster than we can keep up with, it's important to find time to slow down, sit back, and relax. If you're constantly on the go-getting everyone out the door in the morning, dropping the kids off at school, working late, picking up the dry cleaning, grocery shopping, cleaning, taking the dog to the vet, getting your workout in, and cooking dinner for the family-then you're probably longing for at least 10 minute a day to relax. The good news is you won't have to travel far (although a beach vacation would be nice) to take a breather. You can do it in the comfort of your own home.

How? By choosing paint colors that are proven to boost your mood. Although there are only three primary colors, we use various mixtures to create millions of additional shades. And if you know what to look for, some of these hues can help you relax. Read on for 20 colors that will make your long and stressful day seem less overwhelming.


Paint Color: Blue

Blue is a very soothing color that helps calm your mind and reduces tension. It's often used in bedrooms because of its ability to help people sleep. When choosing the right blue you want to make sure that it's soft, neutral, and restful.

Top Picks:

a. Benjamin Moore Crystal Blue 2051-70

b. Benjamin Moore Lookout Point 1646

c. Benjamin Moore Yarmouth Blue HC 150

d. Benjamin Moore White Satin 2067-70


Paint Color: Violet

The color violet stems from blue and when done right, it can bring inner balance and peace to your soul. Keep in mind that you never want to choose a hue that's going to seem too drab (i.e. has too much black in it) because it will create a cold environment.

Top Picks:

a. Benjamin Moore Heaven 2118-70

b. Benjamin Moore Calm 2111-70

c. Benjamin Moore Dreamy Cloud 2117-70

d. Benjamin Moore African violet 2116-50


Paint Color: Pink

Pink is another color that helps calm and bring peace into a room. In fact, Feng Shui believers use pink to soothe the energy in a room and keep it understated. Although pink is considered a feminine color that's best in a baby girl's nursery, the right tones of pink can look beautiful in just about any room.

Top Picks:

a. Benjamin Moore Pink Bliss 2093-70

b. Benjamin Moore Strawberry Yogurt 2104-70

c. Benjamin Moore Dream Whip 2174-70

d. Benjamin Moore Wispy Pink 2005-70


Paint Color: Green

Because it symbolizes nature, green is very visually soothing and therefore allows us to stay calm and refreshed. We often find ourselves most relaxed when sitting in a park or on our front porch because we're surrounded by nature's most beautiful colors. Why not bring those colors inside and keep that same serenity in our homes?

Top Picks:

a. Benjamin Moore Bridal Bouquet 632

b. Benjamin Moore Hollingsworth Green HC-141

c. Benjamin Moore Van Alen Green HC-120

d. Benjamin Moore Minced Onion 2145-60


Paint Color: Grey

Most people think of grey as dull, boring, and maybe a little depressing. But the truth is grey can provide a very soothing and cooling presence. It's also a very neutral color, so it will work well with all of your furnishings and art work that you currently own. The best part about grey paint is that it can be used in a variety of rooms; the kitchen, the living room, the den, the office, a bedroom, etc.

Top Picks:

a. Benjamin Moore Bunny Gray 2124-50

b. Benjamin Moore Iced Cube Silver 2121-50

c. Benjamin Moore Misty Gray 2124-60

d. Benjamin Moore Silver Cloud 2129-70



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