Reduce Stress: Paint Colors that Will Help You Relax

By Leah Bourne, The Vivant

Living RoomColor can have an enormous impact on your mood. A Minnesota State University study, for instance, found that red environments increase stress responses, while green and white environments do not. In other words, you probably don't want to paint the interior of your home red.

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With that in mind, we have assembled the most calming colors to consider decorating your home with. From dusty pinks to pale greens, click through the slideshow above for the calming colors that will help you de-stress your home (and life).

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Opt for one of these colors to give your living space that relaxing and soothing feeling. You too will be more relaxed before you know it.


While purple can definitely be an intense room color, a purple that is chalky and muted can be calming.
Color: Benjamin Moore Spring Lilac

Pale Gray
A light gray is the perfect color to paint a room to create a calm and relaxing environment. Add in elements that are blue and white to complete the space.
Color: Benjamin Moore Grey Cashmere

Cool Blue
Watery blues that remind you of the blue sky or the water are the most stress-reducing of the colors. According to Feng Shui wisdom blues can even slow down your heart rate and lower your blood pressure.
Color: Benjamin Moore Mystical Blue

Gray Blue
A light to medium shade of gray-blue is another one of the most calming colors.
Color: Benjamin Moore Blue Dusk

Aqua Blue
Choose an aqua shade on the bluer side of the spectrum to soothe your space.
Color: Benjamin Moore At Sea

Pale Pink
Choose pinks that are pale and dusty to add a relaxing feeling to your space.
Color: Benjamin Moore Yours Truly

Choose a neutral beige on the warmer side of the spectrum and stay away from colors in the orange and yellow family.
Color: Benjamin Moore Home Sweet Home

Pale Green
Beige greens and pale yellow-greens are the most stress-reducing shades in the green family.
Color: Benjamin Moore Mountainview

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