12 Best Calm Paint Colors {Top Picks from Designers!}

Tranquil and serene beauty in a bedroom with linen, aqua, and romantic decor by Giannetti Home. #aqua #romanticbedroom #modernfarmhouse Photo: Lisa Romerein

12 Best Calm Paint Colors {Top Wall Color Picks from Designers!}

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.

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A beautiful velvet pillow for your living room! #velvet #aqua #pillow Baylie Cotton Velvet Throw Pillow

Light Blue Velvet Pillow: FIND HERE

 

wimborne white farrow and ball - It’s counterpart in Benjamin Moore is Simply White.

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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.

A serene and neutral bedroom with walls painted Farrow and Ball in Wimborne White. #wimbornewhite #neutralinterior #bedroomdecor

Wall paint: Farrow & Ball Wimborne White (via Brunch at Saks)…12 Best Calm Paint Colors {Top Wall Color Picks from Designers!}

Pointing, Farrow & Ball "This is the perfect ivory for almost every setting — not too bright and not too creamy. We're all about striking that balance. It's proven itself in both a sun-drenched farmhouse living room and a one-windowed New York City bedroom." — Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel dePedro Cunningham of Tilton Fenwick

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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.

Walls in this beautiful living room with neutral decor are painted: Pointing by Farrow & Ball. #pointing #neutralinterior

Wall Paint Color: Pointing by Farrow & Ball (via Remodelista)…12 Best Calm Paint Colors {Top Wall Color Picks from Designers!}

Benjamin Moore Cape May Cobblestone. Beautiful warm gray that is very versatile. Also beautiful on kitchen/bath cabinets.

PIN ME! Benjamin Moore Cape May Cobblestone 1474

 

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.

Cabinet paint color is Cape May Cobblestone. Rich mid tone warm gray. Jennifer Carvosi Design

Cabinet Color: Benjamin Moore Cape May Cobblestone – via DecorPad…12 Best Calm Paint Colors {Top Wall Color Picks from Designers!}

Modern Farmhouse Finds

Motivo French Chandelier
Rustic Wood Candleholders
Aged Terracotta Pots
Laluz French Country Chandelier
Black Modern Farmhouse Bench
French Linen Dining Chair Set of 2
Cara White Sofa
Galvanized Console Table
French Farmhouse Dining Table
27″ Bar Stool
Rattan Side Table
Beachy White Felicity Sofa
Beachy White Armchair
Rattan Armchair
Aidan Gray Collier Lamp
Light Grey Rattan Chair
French Country Altar Candlestick
Round White Saarinen Style Dining Table
Black & White Wool Area Rug
French Tolix Style Metal Side Chair (Set of 2)
Modern Farmhouse Wall Mirror
Linen Curved Loveseat
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French Country Loveseat
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Reclaimed Elm Accent Stool
Rustic Ring 12-Light Chandelier
French Upholstered Gray Bench
Bridge Kitchen Faucet (Stainless)
French Country Lantern Pendant
Jute ARea Rug
Leather Club Chair
Old World 2-Light Sconce Pair
French Candle Style Chandelier
Swedish Writing Desk
French Linen Sofa
Rustic Wood Accent Stool
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Linen Slope Arm Dining Chairs
Parisian Glass Bottle Vase
Life is Beauty…Pillow
Magnus Table Lamp
Spindle Leg Upholstered Bench
Concrete Table Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
Sarah’s Marble Coffee Table
Sarah’s Slipcovered Sofa
Tufted Headboard
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
White Writing Desk
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
White Maze Quilt Set
Fair Isle Green Rug
Sarah’s Bedroom Lamp
Grey Accent Chest
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant
Inverted Pendant Light
Modern Brass Sconce
White Vase Set
Arteriors Swivel Bar Stool
Apothecary Chest
Grainsack Stripe Armchair
Leather Patchwork Ottoman
Sarah’s Chesterfield Sofa
Black Tray Table
Industrial Task Lamp
Round Wall Mirror
White Honeycomb Mosaic Tile
Industrial Sconce
Fireclay Farm Sink
Leather Chesterfield Sofa
Round Marble Side Table
Modern farmhouse Style Bar Stool
Teak Farmhouse Stool

Let’s hear from more designer friends about their go-to CALM PAINT COLORS for creating tranquil spaces.

A quiet and serene European inspired bedroom with ceiling panted Ball Green by Farrow & Ball. #romanticbedroom #ballgreen #FrenchCountry

Ceiling Paint: Farrow & Ball Ball Green Wall Paint: F&B New White (via Farrow & Ball)…12 Best Calm Paint Colors {Top Wall Color Picks from Designers!}

Beautiful French Country home decor! French Country Chandelier - 6-Light Candle Style

French Country Chandelier: FIND HERE

Greet Lefevre of Lefevre Interiors and Belgian Pearls

“One of my favorite tranquil paint colors is Farrow & Ball – Ball Green.”

Colours | Ball Green | Farrow & Ball #ballgreen

PIN ME! 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.

Elegant entry with soft green grey walls and beautiful trim and moldings. #ballgreen

Farrow & Ball Ball Green – 12 Best Calm Paint Colors {Top Wall Color Picks from Designers!}

Elegant and formal European living room with fireplace and wood paneling painted #BallGreen.

Paint Color: Farrow & Ball, Ball Green (via Premier Paints) 12 Best Calm Paint Colors {Top Wall Color Picks from Designers!}

Chesterfield Tufted Sofa

Chesterfield Tufted Sofa: FIND HERE

Greet Lefevre also favors Farrow & Ball’s Stony Ground:

Farrow and Ball Stony Ground 211 a warm creamy tone #stonyground #whitepaint

Stony Ground by Farrow & Ball

 

 

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.

 

Beautiful European style cottage exterior painted #StonyGround by Farrow & Ball. Front door is #HagueBlue.

Exterior paint: F&B Stony Ground; Door: F&B Hague Blue (via Farrow & Ball) 12 Best Calm Paint Colors {Top Wall Color Picks from Designers!}

One of the most perfect gray paint colors for calm: Benjamin Moore #AlaskanHusky #staircase #bluegrey

Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Alaskan Husky (via Blackhawk Hardware) – 12 Best Calm Paint Colors {Top Wall Color Picks from Designers!}

A calm and serene bedroom with walls painted #alaskanhusky by Benjamin Moore. #bedroomdecor #serene

Benjamin Moore Alaskan Husky (via Cynthia Hayes Interior) 12 Best Calm Paint Colors {Top Wall Color Picks from Designers!}

Home Decor Idea: Montauk Linen Throw #linen #throw #blanket #homedecor

Linen Throw: FIND HERE

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 paint color by Benjamin Moore for tranquil, calm, relaxing interiors. #alaskanhusky

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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.

Wall Color is Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray and trim is Cotton Balls from Benjamin Moore by latasha

Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore (via Indulgy) 12 Best Calm Paint Colors {Top Wall Color Picks from Designers!}

Luxurious minimal bathroom design with white and walls painted #EdgecombGray by Benjamin Moore.

Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray (via Pinterest)

Showcasing a streamlined silhouette and a glossy white finish, this sleek dining table is brimming with modern style. This piece is made from aluminum and manufactured wood that is coated to resist rusting and chipping. Its compact size makes it an ideal anchor for an eat-in kitchen or smaller breakfast nook, while its slender pedestal base mirrors its round top and gives this design a balanced look. Some assembly is required.

Round White Mid-century Modern Table: FIND HERE

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.”

Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray HC-173, noted by the pinner as a beautiful warm gray.

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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.

Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray. A light warm gray with just the right mix of warm and cool undertones. #edgecombgray

Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray (via The Creativity Exchange) 12 Best Calm Paint Colors {Top Wall Color Picks from Designers!}

Love this beachy white swivel arm chair! Schumann Swivel Armchair

Beachy White Swivel Arm Chair: FIND HERE

Laundry room with cabinetry painted #HollingsworthGreen HC-141. Design by @fourchairsfurniture #laundryroom

Cabinet Color: Benjamin Moore Hollingsworth Green (via Four Chairs Furniture) 12 Best Calm Paint Colors {Top Wall Color Picks from Designers!}

Amy of Maison Decor:

Benjamin Moore Hollingsworth Green #hollingsworth

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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.

Beautiful calm bedroom with traditional decor and walls are Benjamin Moore Hollingsworth Green HC 141” #hollingsworth

Benjamin Moore Hollingsworth Green (via Twitter) 12 Best Calm Paint Colors {Top Wall Color Picks from Designers!}

Mary Ann of Classic Casual Home:

“One of my favorite tranquil colors for bedrooms is Benjamin Moore – Glass Slipper.”

Calm paint color for bedroom! Glass Slipper by Benjamin Moore. #glassslipper #lightblue #bedroomcolor

Pin me! Glass Slipper – Benjamin Moore

 

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.

Classic bathroom design calm feel and walls painted #glassslipper by Benjamin Moore.

Benjamin Moore Glass Slipper (via Minimalist Interior Design Ideas) 12 Best Calm Paint Colors {Top Wall Color Picks from Designers!}

Memoirs® Ceramic 25" Pedestal Bathroom Sink with Overflow

Pedestal Sink: FIND HERE

Soft aqua green walls in a pretty, light-filled apartment in Linnéstaden — a neighborhood in the central part of Gothenburg, sweden. built in 1885, it’s been given a modern facelift — they’ve added modern furnishings and lighting fixtures, and painted it a calming shade of pale green that looks really fresh with all that light streaming in. but they’ve kept all those turn of the century details intact — wide double doors, the high ceilings and gorgeous crown moldings. #lightblue #farrowandball

Farrow & Ball Light Blue (via SFGirlbyBay) 12 Best Calm Paint Colors {Top Wall Color Picks from Designers!}

Farrow and Ball Light Blue painted walls in a modern country room with a calm feel. #tranquilroom

Farrow & Ball Light Blue (via Modern Country Style) 12 Best Calm Paint Colors {Top Wall Color Picks from Designers!}

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 - Farrow and Ball Für die Küche - in Kombination mit einer grauen Hochglanzküche und kupferfarbenen Accessoires.

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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.

A tranquil paint color for your walls! Farrow & Ball Light Blue in a nautical themed room with vintage style. #lightblue

Farrow & Ball Light Blue (via Farrow & Ball) 12 Best Calm Paint Colors {Top Wall Color Picks from Designers!}

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 by Benjamin Moore paint color on wall with abstract landscape. #hellolovelystudio #classicgray #tranquilroom

Wall Paint: Benjamin Moore Classic Gray.  12 Best Calm Paint Colors {Top Wall Color Picks from Designers!}

Benjamin Moore - Classic Gray. The best chalky white, versatile color I've found yet.

Benjamin Moore Classic Gray 1548

 

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.

Detail of white oak hardwood floor in modern farmhouse bedroom in Hello Lovely Studio fixer upper #romanticbedroom #modernfarmhouse #stikwood

My bedroom…Paint Wash on Furniture: Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter + Diluted with Water

Paint color for living room, dining room, halls and all closets

Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter HC 172 – PIN me!

 

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.

 

Ideas for wall paint colors for your rooms to create a calm, serene, tranquil feel! Ultimate Guide to Best Calm Paint Colors! Hello Lovely Studio

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HOW ABOUT YOU? Have a calming paint color you rely on to create a peaceful vibe? Let us know!

For more ideas for choosing the right white paint colors, read this story.

For expert advice from a wall finish expert, here’s help from Segreto Finishes.

And check out these smart tips for DIY painting like a pro.

Peace to you right where you are.

~michele

 

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12 Comments

  1. March 1, 2018 / 6:39 am

    Thanks for the info. We built this house 5 years ago and the builders white walls made me CRAZY:) I am a color person so couldn’t wait to get some color on the walls. These colors may be calming for some but I need a LITTLE more:) Have a beautiful weekend.

    • michele
      Author
      March 1, 2018 / 10:41 am

      I LOVE hearing from folks who love living with color and about a living with more philosophy – it all belongs, doesn’t it? If it was one size fits all, uniform world, this would be a bland universe. Thank you for adding to the beauty, Pinky. 🙂

  2. March 1, 2018 / 12:20 pm

    Benjamin Moore’s “Revere Pewter” was my daughter’s recommendation after she used it for the interior of her two-story family home. It’s lovely for the shell of each room, so I chose it for our guest room with its muted gold brocade duvet cover set and drapers. For our drawing room and hallway, I’m thinking “Stony Ground” by Farrow & Ball.

    • michele
      Author
      March 1, 2018 / 6:30 pm

      Jo, I love how gold and brass finishes look with the Revere Pewter! Great pairing! Let me know if you decide on Stony Ground and how it feels. Thanks for adding to the beauty and graciously sharing feedback about these colors. 🙂

  3. March 1, 2018 / 5:47 pm

    How wonderful…did some pinning and will put on facebook. There are some problems with the text…looks like text on top of text. I can send you a screen shot if you like.

    • michele
      Author
      March 1, 2018 / 6:28 pm

      You’re a superstar, Mary Ann! Everything looked fine on my laptop, but when I looked at it on a mobile device, it was nutty. Thank you!!! All fixed now I hope. 🙂

  4. mary
    March 2, 2018 / 1:33 am

    Ben Moore, Nimbus. Soft, blue/gray. One of my go to colors. Also mixed it with 1/3 China White for a softer look. Love to play with paint! What a perfect post. Awesome inspiration.

    • michele
      Author
      March 2, 2018 / 7:21 am

      Love that color, Mary! I’ll include it in the next story about the perfect blue-grey and credit you! Thanks for reading, friend.

  5. Jolene
    March 18, 2018 / 6:19 pm

    We painted great room and kitchen in edge comb gray and love it! Such a nice warm greige. Awesome with simply white trim work.

    • michele
      Author
      March 18, 2018 / 7:10 pm

      Thanks for the recommendation – I want to try it! Happy Sunday, Jolene. 🙂

  6. Diana
    April 26, 2018 / 8:40 am

    Another excellent soft neutral calming paint is BM Muslin! I have BM Edgecombe Gray in my home and love it too!

    • michele
      Author
      April 26, 2018 / 8:59 am

      Ooooooh, I don’t think I know Muslin. I’ll check it out. Edgecombe Gray is a winner for sure. Thanks for adding to the beauty, Diana. xox

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