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Calming Paint Colors

“I choose Dunn Edwards – Garden Dawn to wrap the walls with a soft, fresh, inviting green that brought the colors of the surrounding outdoors in. Hence the name ‘Cactus Casita.’
Michelle Boudreau, Michelle Boudreau Design

My favorite paint color is Farrow & Ball’s Pale Powder. I’ve used it in bedrooms, front halls – even the gym at our headquarters is painted that color. I love robin’s egg blue in almost every iteration, except when it gets to teal, and Pale Powder is a lovely, subtle color.
Annie Selke, The Annie Selke Companies

My bedroom at home is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Simply White. It’s definitely one of my go-to white paint colours that’s crisp and clean!
– Autumn Hachey, Autumn Hachey

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“I love Borrowed Light by Farrow & Ball – it’s the most beautiful pale blue and I love it on a ceiling. I actually used it in my office; it’s a serene and calming hue perfect for a bedroom or a workspace.”
Ariel Okin, Ariel Okin Interiors

Benjamin Moore’s Blue Grass CC-640 is serene with a vintage tint, yet has a fresh vibe!
Marie Flanigan, Marie Flanigan Interiors

We used Curator Paints ‘Strandhill’ on our front door and fell in love with it. It’s the most beautiful shade of light blue. We plan to use it for our kitchen island as well.”
– Julia Dzafic, Lemon Stripes

Benjamin Moore’s Cloud Cover is a beautiful shade of white. It is not too stark, and it NEVER goes yellow!
Ashley Gilbreath, Ashley Gilbreath Interiors

Benjamin Moore’s Edgecomb Gray has a beautiful gray beige tone that changes with the colors around it and light in the space. It’s been used in the Museum of Modern Art as well because of its ability to change with each piece of art around it and complement it.”
– Jess Cooney, Jess Cooney Interiors

I love Marshmallow by Sherwin Williams. It is a white that has a hint of pink in it, which takes away the sterile feeling other whites can leave you feeling. – Nicola Bathie, Nicola Bathie Designs

“Blue is psychologically associated with feelings of calmness, serenity, tranquility, and stability. My favorite dark shade is Sherwin-Williams Naval (as seen in my media room).”
Sarah Gibson Room for Tuesday

When people think of calming paint colors they often immediately go to blue – but lately I’ve been drawn to calming hues of sage and green that feel a bit more nuanced and fresh. I love Farrow and Ball’s Card Room Green – it’s a really beautiful green/grey and looks gorgeous paired with rattan.
Christina Higham, Sun Soul Style

“My bathroom is painted with Farrow & Ball’s Pink Ground, the loveliest, most flattering color. During the day in the bright sunlight, it washes out to a white, but at night it comes alive, making the room glow.” 
Annie Selke, The Annie Selke Companies

“I used Pointing by Farrow & Ball in my living room, and often in my projects. I love that it is a warmer white with a slightly red undertone.”
– Mark D Sikes, Mark D. Sikes

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