5 Soothing Paint Colors That Help You Relax

By Rebecca Soskin, Shape.com

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 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. Read on for 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. (Related: Top Picks for Blue Paint)

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. (Related: Top Picks for Violet Paint)

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. (Related: Top Picks for Pink Paint)

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? (Related: Top Picks for Green Paint)

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. (Related: Top Picks for Grey Paint)

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