Tranquil calming hues, soft pastels, and soothing neutrals lend a serene, sedative feeling to these home interiors and restful spaces. Not sure where to begin in your search for the best calm paint colors for your room? Start with this primer post with photos of beautifully relaxing, calming paint colors and expert opinions from designers who share their favorites.
Brooke Giannetti of Giannetti Home masterfully creates tranquility in the spaces she designs and likes to use Farrow & Ball paints. One look at the dreamy bedroom above she created for a client (photo: Lisa Romerein; source: Giannetti Home) proves she knows her way around relaxing, calm, colors. (Though I may have to ask if these are unpainted plaster walls which the Giannettis favor!)
A few of Brooke’s favorite paint colors?
WIMBORNE WHITE…Farrow & Ball. This just off white is named after the market town of Wimborne in Dorset and home to Farrow & Ball. Only a shade away from a pure white, the addition of the smallest amount of warm yellow pigment creates a very versatile shade which is just a little softer than All White.
POINTING…Farrow & Ball. This fresh and uncomplicated white is named after the colour of lime pointing used in traditional brickwork. One of our Red Based Neutrals, Pointing has a warm undertone to it which creates the prettiest of spaces when used on walls and always softens the feel of a room alongside strong, traditional colors.
When I researched the topic of designer picks for tranquil paint colors, this paint color from Benjamin Moore kept popping up: CAPE MAY COBBLESTONE: Benjamin Moore. This classic, elegant gray confers a sense of spaciousness that makes it ideal for small bedrooms and areas like hallways and mudrooms.
Let’s hear from more designer friends about their go-to CALM PAINT COLORS for creating tranquil spaces.
“One of my favorite tranquil paint colors is Farrow & Ball – Ball Green.”
BALL GREEN…Farrow & Ball. This muted green is a tribute to Richard Ball, the paint pioneer who first founded our company in Dorset, England with John Farrow. It is an old distemper colour with a more sober, established feel than fresh Cooking Apple Green. It has a magical quality of appearing almost silver in candlelight, so is great for use in dining rooms.
Greet Lefevre also favors Farrow & Ball’s Stony Ground:
STONY GROUND…Farrow & Ball. This strong neutral is one of our most popular wallpaper background colours, so we couldn’t resist adding it to our collection of richly pigmented paints. A classic stone colour, Stony Ground has a slight underlying red which adds warmth and creates a soft beige finish. It pairs incredibly well with the lighter Shaded White or stronger Mouse’s Back for a quietly cohesive scheme.
Sherry of Design Indulgence:
“I once used Benjamin Moore Alaskan Husky for a gender neutral nursery and fell in love with it’s gray blue tones……It would be a pretty dining room or bedroom wall color mixed with creams and maybe a little gray sprinkled in!”
ALASKAN HUSKY…Benjamin Moore. This color is part of the Classic Color Collection. Surround yourself with your color favorites. These timeless, elegant, Classic Colors guarantee beautiful, usable color all the time, every time. A collection of 1,680 inspired hues that consumers and professionals have enjoyed for years, the colors in this palette are as timeless as they are forward.
Elizabeth of Pretty Pink Tulips:
“My favorite tranquil paint color for walls is “Edgecomb Gray” by Benjamin Moore; it’s a perfect greige and super soothing.”
EDGECOMB GRAY…Benjamin Moore. A go-to gray that’s timeless with a modern edge, this earthy, organic neutral is soft and stylish, creating a setting that feels distinctly personal.
Amy of Maison Decor:
HOLLINGSWORTH GREEN…Benjamin Moore. This color is part of the Historic Color collection. A collection of 191 time-honored hues comprises our most popular palette. Steeped in tradition, the refined, elegant colors of the Historical Collection deliver timeless color that can be used in traditional as well as contemporary spaces. Unveiled in 1976 to celebrate the US bicentennial, a collection of 191 colors inspired by America’s historic landmarks.
Mary Ann of Classic Casual Home:
“One of my favorite tranquil colors for bedrooms is Benjamin Moore – Glass Slipper.”
GLASS SLIPPER…Benjamin Moore. This color is part of the Classic Color Collection. Surround yourself with your color favorites. These timeless, elegant, Classic Colors guarantee beautiful, usable color all the time, every time. A collection of 1,680 inspired hues that consumers and professionals have enjoyed for years, the colors in this palette are as timeless as they are forward.
Megan Pflug of Megan Pflug Designs
“I love Farrow & Ball Light Blue–its looks more like a green but I find it very tranquil. In general, I love colors that visually, you can’t easily name. I think wall color looks best when the color formulas are complex.”
LIGHT BLUE…This silvery blue was so named because it was the lightest blue Farrow & Ball made in its first collection of colours. Light Blue becomes a little more silver in tone when used in shaded areas so is very popular for use on the walls of internal halls, especially when the remainder of the house is painted in cooler, more neutral greys. When used in well lit areas it feels both peaceful and calming, especially when paired with a cool white like Blackened.
As for Hello Lovely, we’re in agreement about the tranquil power of Farrow and Ball Light Blue! Who can forget those gorgeous painted kitchen cabinets in the Southeastern Designer Showhouse last year!?! As for my picks for the best tranquil paint colors to use, I love tender muted blue-greys that whisper and quiet grey-greens where you can’t clearly say immediately what tones you are seeing. They’re floaty colors that whisper. We just used this quiet Benjamin Moore Classic Gray for walls in a new bathroom we built from scratch at the fixer upper:
CLASSIC GRAY 1548…Benjamin Moore. This color is part of the Classic Color Collection. Surround yourself with your color favorites. These timeless, elegant, Classic Colors guarantee beautiful, usable color all the time, every time. A collection of 1,680 inspired hues that consumers and professionals have enjoyed for years, the colors in this palette are as timeless as they are forward.
My bedroom…Paint Wash on Furniture: Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter + Diluted with Water
And I love Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, which I diluted with water for a wash on the stool above and for our bedroom furniture.
REVERE PEWTER…Benjamin Moore. A light gray with warm undertones, this classic shade creates a unifying look that calms and restores. A great transitional color, it’s perfect for an open floor plan.
HOW ABOUT YOU? Have a calming paint color you rely on to create a peaceful vibe? Let us know!
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Peace to you right where you are.