16 Amazing Serene Paint Colors Interior Designers Use for a Soothing Vibe

16 Amazing Serene Paint Colors Interior Designers Use for a Soothing Vibe includes gently calming hues, tranquil muted pastels, and comforting versatile neutrals that contribute to an overall zen mood.

Farrow & Ball Stony Ground paint color on front door of a gorgeous tone home. Come score ideas for 16 Amazing Serene Paint Colors Interior Designers Use for a Soothing Vibe.
Paint color on door: Farrow & Ball Stony Ground…certainly lovely indeed. 16 Amazing Serene Paint Colors Interior Designers Use for a Soothing Vibe In Case You Need Paint Ideas!

Let’s face it, the paint color you choose for walls, ceilings, and trim is critical to arrive at that anchoring backdrop for the rest of a room’s decor.

16 Amazing Serene Paint Colors Interior Designers Use for a Soothing Vibe

1. BEHR Sterling

Behr Sterling interior paint color is a gorgeous quiet light grey with blue undertones. Come score ideas for 16 Amazing Serene Paint Colors Interior Designers Use for a Soothing Vibe.
Paint color: BEHR Sterling

I’m not just waxing poetic. Moments ago, I wrapped my still wet with Behr Sterling paintbrush in foil and deposited it in the frig after the first coat of a gentle grey paint kissed the walls of our laundry room.

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Lord have mercy, I hope the color looks right when dry since I have rolled on not less than 10 grey possibilities, cringing each time! I actually used Behr Sterling at full strength on the door and then at 50% for the walls, combining it with this warm white:

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The room is this awful little cave without windows, without soul! The intense institutional sterile factor at the moment is seriously strong. Keep in mind the paint swatches you see here and even the paint in the can is not a good indication of how the color will present in your particular room. I highly recommend buying samples. My door painted Sterling actually looks more like this:

BTW. My sister came over to help with plans for our lower level, and as we brainstormed brilliant ideas for improvement while still lingering in the laundry room, she suddenly said “I have to be honest, I had no idea how bad it feels to be in here.”

Paint color truly matters so I am always listening to designers’ viewpoints.

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BEHR Light French Gray – 16 Amazing Serene Paint Colors Interior Designers Use for a Soothing Vibe In Case You Need Paint Ideas!

Paint is the Easiest Way to Transform a Space

The paint color change I make may just be the most transforming element of all since there isn’t a lot I can do without demo. (I’m realllly trying to skip demo and remodeling).

Hence, I am going to great lengths to get the perfect color to: admire every time I do laundry, feel peaceful when I pass through the space, and to feel timeless so I actually leave those walls alone for a long time.

Where were we?

What paint colors do interior designers rely on time and time again? And what sets these particular serene colors apart from the pack?

2. BEHR Ultra-Pure White

We painted our interiors Benjamin Moore “White” but since that confuses more readers and paint counter employees than I care to imagine, here’s that color’s twin:

BONUS #1: Paint sample pots ship FREE from Home Depot so def use my links! BONUS #2: You can snag this white paint right off the shelf at Home Depot since it’s a base to mix other whites!

My classic vintage French inspired bathroom with clawfoot tub - Hello Lovely Studio. Come score ideas for 16 Amazing Serene Paint Colors Interior Designers Use for a Soothing Vibe.
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3. FARROW & BALL Strong White

While Charlotte Reiss of Vivi et Margot may be re-painting her charming French farmhouse interiors, I’m still admiring the brilliance of her use of this calm white.

Quiet and timeless hues in a French farmhouse bathroom by Vivi et Margot features reclaimed terracotta hex tiles, freestanding tub, romantic chandelier, and Farrow and Ball's Strong White on the walls. Come score ideas for 16 Amazing Serene Paint Colors Interior Designers Use for a Soothing Vibe.
Vivi et Margot – paint color on walls: FARROW & BALL Strong White
French farmhouse splendor in a kitchen with a French market basket and linen towel hanging from a rustic wall rack. Vivi et Margot. Come score ideas for 16 Amazing Serene Paint Colors Interior Designers Use for a Soothing Vibe.
Design/Photo: Vivi et Margot – paint color on walls: FARROW & BALL Strong White
Farrow & Ball Strong White paint color on walls of a beautifully designed Notting Hill flat by Laura Butler Madden. Come score ideas for 16 Amazing Serene Paint Colors Interior Designers Use for a Soothing Vibe.
Paint color on walls: FARROW & BALL Strong White – Design: Laura Butler Madden
Farrow & Ball Strong White paint color on walls of a beautifully designed Notting Hill flat by Laura Butler Madden. Come score ideas for 16 Amazing Serene Paint Colors Interior Designers Use for a Soothing Vibe.
Design: Laura Butler Madden – Paint color on walls: FARROW & BALL Strong White.

4. FARROW & WHITE Hardwick White

Here’s a warm white you may readily dismiss since it doesn’t appear white or even strike you as particularly restful. However, I have used this beautiful hue on outdoor furniture and various found objects so keep an open mind.

BONUS: You can order sample pots of Farrow & Ball’s sophisticated range from Anthropologie!

Slide View: 2: Hardwick White No.5 - 100ml Sample Pot. Come score ideas for 16 Amazing Serene Paint Colors Interior Designers Use for a Soothing Vibe.
Paint color: FARROW & BALL Hardwick White
Living room with walls painted Farrow & Ball Hardwick White - Hannah Gooch of Ebury. Come score ideas for 16 Amazing Serene Paint Colors Interior Designers Use for a Soothing Vibe.
Color on walls: FARROW & BALL Hardwick White – Design: Hannah Gooch/via Laura Butler Madden.

5. FARROW & BALL Wimborne White

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.

Farrow & Ball Wimborne White paint color on walls in a beautiful home in Ireland by Homestead. Come score ideas for 16 Amazing Serene Paint Colors Interior Designers Use for a Soothing Vibe.
Design: Siobhan McFadden of Homestead

Brooke Giannetti of Giannetti Home creates a serene mood in the lovely spaces she designs with colors crafted in Dorset, England by Farrow & Ball. Her artful experienced eye is one we can trust!

If you dig in designer Brooke’s archives on Velvet and Linen, you’ll discover she favors Wimborne White...

Come score ideas for 16 Amazing Serene Paint Colors Interior Designers Use for a Soothing Vibe.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)

…and also Pointing.

6. FARROW & BALL Pointing

POINTING…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.

Farrow and Ball Pointing on the walls of a beautiful living space by Alyssa Kapito Interiors. Come score ideas for 16 Amazing Serene Paint Colors Interior Designers Use for a Soothing Vibe.
Farrow & Ball Pointing paint color on walls of space designed by Alyssa Kapito
Come score ideas for 16 Amazing Serene Paint Colors Interior Designers Use for a Soothing Vibe. 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)

6. BENJAMIN MOORE Cape May Cobblestone

Benjamin Moore Cape May Cobblestone. Beautiful warm gray that is very versatile. Also beautiful on kitchen/bath cabinets.
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If you research interior design favorite paint colors to achieve tranquility, CAPE MAY COBBLESTONE from Benjamin Moore will keep popping up. The color is a classic, elegant gray to achieve spaciousness. It’s 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. Come score ideas for 16 Amazing Serene Paint Colors Interior Designers Use for a Soothing Vibe.
Cabinet Color: Benjamin Moore Cape May Cobblestone – via DecorPad...12 Best Calm Paint Colors {Top Wall Color Picks from Designers!}

Modern Farmhouse Finds

French Country Lamp
White Ruffle Spread + Shams
French Laundry Basket
Farmhouse Dining Table
Gertrude Wood Bench
Upholstered Dining Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
San Jose Handleset for Front Door
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Louis Upholstered Bench
French Loveseat
Louis Ghost Chair
Pamela Arm Chair
Weathered Arm Chair
Rustic Wood Candleholders
Aged Terracotta Pots
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Galvanized Console Table
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
Tulip Style Modern Round Dining Table
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Linen Curved Loveseat
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French Country Loveseat
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Oak Accent Stool
French Upholstered Gray Bench
Bridge Kitchen Faucet (Stainless)
Jute Area Rug
Leather Club Chair
French Candle Style Chandelier
Reclaimed Wood 3 Leg Stool
French Linen Sofa
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Parisian Glass Bottle Vase
Life is Beauty…Pillow
Magnus Table Lamp
Spindle Leg Upholstered Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Marble Column Lamp
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Leather Patchwork Ottoman
Brisa Dreamquest Sofa
Modern Brass Globe Pendant
Black Tray Table
Industrial Sconce
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Leather Chesterfield Sofa
Boheme Madera Bench
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Linen Slipcover Dining Chair
Teak Farmhouse Stool

7. FARROW & BALL Ball Green

Come score ideas for 16 Amazing Serene Paint Colors Interior Designers Use for a Soothing Vibe. 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!}

Designer Greet Lefèvre of Lefèvre Interiors and Belgian Pearls loves to use Ball Green by Farrow & Ball to achieve a tranquil look for a space.

BALL GREEN… This muted green is a tribute to Richard Ball, the paint pioneer who first founded the company in Dorset, England with John Farrow. It has a magical quality of appearing almost silver in candlelight, so is great for use in dining rooms.

Come score ideas for 16 Amazing Serene Paint Colors Interior Designers Use for a Soothing Vibe. Elegant entry with soft green grey walls and beautiful trim and moldings. #ballgreen
Farrow & Ball Ball Green. via Farrow & Ball.
Come score ideas for 16 Amazing Serene Paint Colors Interior Designers Use for a Soothing Vibe. Elegant and formal European living room with fireplace and wood paneling painted #BallGreen.
Paint Color: Farrow & Ball, Ball Green (via Premier Paints

Greet also favors:

8. FARROW & BALL’s Stony Ground

STONY GROUND…This strong neutral is one of their most popular wallpaper background colours, so they added it to the paint collection.

Farrow & Ball Stony Ground paint color on front door of a gorgeous tone home. Come score ideas for 16 Amazing Serene Paint Colors Interior Designers Use for a Soothing Vibe.
Photo: Farrow & Ball – FARROW & BALL Stony Ground
Come score ideas for 16 Amazing Serene Paint Colors Interior Designers Use for a Soothing Vibe. 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!}

9. BENJAMIN MOORE Alaskan Husky

Alaskan Husky paint color by Benjamin Moore for tranquil, calm, relaxing interiors. #alaskanhusky
ALASKAN HUSKY…Benjamin Moore.
One of the most perfect gray paint colors for calm: Benjamin Moore #AlaskanHusky #staircase #bluegrey
Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Alaskan Husky (via Blackhawk Hardware)
A calm and serene bedroom with walls painted #alaskanhusky by Benjamin Moore. #bedroomdecor #serene
Benjamin Moore Alaskan Husky (via Cynthia Hayes Interior)

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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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!}

10. BENJAMIN MOORE Edgecomb Gray

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

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…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
Paint color: Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray (via The Creativity Exchange)

11. BENJAMIN MOORE Hollingsworth Green

Laundry room with cabinetry painted #HollingsworthGreen HC-141. Design by @fourchairsfurniture #laundryroom
Cabinet Color: Benjamin Moore Hollingsworth Green (via Four Chairs Furniture

Amy of Maison Decor loves this timelessly classic color for calm elegance.

Benjamin Moore Hollingsworth Green #hollingsworth
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HOLLINGSWORTH GREEN..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
Paint color: Benjamin Moore Hollingsworth Green

12. BENJAMIN MOORE Glass Slipper

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BENJAMIN MOORE Glass Slipper

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 calls it “timeless, elegant, Classic Colors guarantee beautiful, usable color all the time, every time.”

A pretty and fresh whole home paint color scheme using warm neutrals and calming blues. See photos of the paint colors used in actual rooms.
Design/Photo: Saw Nail and Paint

13. FARROW & BALL Light Blue

Farrow & Ball Light Blue painted cabinetry in a stunning traditional kitchen in the Southeastern Designer Showhouse 2017.
Paint color: Farrow & Ball Light Blue painted cabinetry in a stunning traditional kitchen in the Southeastern Designer Showhouse 2017.
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
Paint color: Farrow & Ball Light Blue (via SFGirlbyBay)

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.

As for Hello Lovely, my picks for the best tranquil paint colors include quietly whispering blue-greys and muted grey-greens impossible to immediately describe. They’re atmospheric colors with an heir of mystery.

14. BENJAMIN MOORE Horizon

Benjamin Moore Horizon - Master Bathroom, Hall, Living, & Dining
Paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE Horizon
Horizon by Benjamin Moore - this paint color on the walls of a bath designed by Murphy Co. Design.
BENJAMIN MOORE Horizon. Design: Murphy Co. Designs via Laurel Bern Inteirors.
Benjamin Moore Horizon paint color on walls of a classic New England kitchen by For the Love of a House.
Wall color: Benjamin Moore Horizon – For the Love of a House

15. BENJAMIN MOORE Classic Gray

benjamin moore classic gray / Hints of white make this a versatile hue.
BENJAMIN MOORE Classic Gray

We used Benjamin Moore Classic Gray for walls in a new bathroom we built at the fixer upper:

Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore paint color on wall with abstract landscape. #hellolovelystudio #classicgray #tranquilroom
Hello Lovely Studio. Wall Paint: Benjamin Moore Classic Gray.

16. BENJAMIN MOORE Revere Pewter

My French Nordic cottage style bedroom is a retreat with painted furniture (BM Revere Pewter), white oak flooring, rustic alder doors, and a reclaimed pine Stikwood statement wall. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio – BENJAMIN MOORE Revere Pewter
Paint color for living room, dining room, halls and all closets
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And I love Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, which I used to create a glaze with water to quiet a rustic stool and furniture in our bedroom.

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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4 Comments

  1. Connie
    August 30, 2019 / 9:37 am

    As a former decorator I have TONS of paint fans. But it’s much more difficult to find the perfect color for our own home compared to when I did paint consults for clients. πŸ˜‰

    Favorite serene colors? In the master BR I used Valspar Seashell Gray. It’s a very light gray that would appear almost white were it not for the pure white trim in the room. It has very very light undertones of greige. That room has a lot of light from west and north facing windows as well as eastern light coming in from the door in the morning. So Seashell Gray works great if you want a clean, slightly warm, but not a yellow or pink undertone white.

    I’m also quite happy with Pittsburgh Paint’s Evening Mist in a guest bedroom with east and north facing light. It is a mere hint of blueish gray that again, takes you just a click off of white. It doesn’t read girly or boyish ..just a fresh, serene color for a bedroom. It would look great in a bath too.

    Our east and south exposure laundry room has a gorgeous color too. It’s Pittsburgh Paint French Gray Linen. It is a soft greenish gray that looks stunning with bright white appliances and trim. Sort of a mid-range color that gives a little more oomph to a room where there’s lots of natural light but you still don’t want a highly saturated tone. I’d be careful using this in a room with less light because it could read very green.

    I believe, as you know too, not only does the lighting in the room factor in (both natural and artificial) but also whatever else one has in the room such as furniture, accent colors, etc. The most gorgeous wall paint in someone’s home could look awful with my own furnishings.

    Paint is so much fun to pick because there are so many options out there today! In some areas of the country one cannot get certain brands of paint (eg. our Home Depot closed so Behr paint is unavailable) but with the great computerized color matching at most stores, we can get the color of our dreams in any good quality paint. I’m leaning towards some of the Farrow & Ball colors too for my next big project…..or maybe even a couple of Glidden colors or Nautica or….. πŸ˜‰

    The world is our color oyster!

    • Michele
      Author
      August 30, 2019 / 11:57 am

      I’m pretty excited that Home Depot now ships the Behr paint color samples for free – so I linked to the Behr colors I know and love…click and paint delivered! I am in the throes of getting the paint color just right for my little space so it was a perfect time to write about it. I have a keen eye for paint colors and seeing undertones as you do, but in a room with no light…it really is a different animal completely so it took longer than I expected. Wish me luck, and thank you so much for including this designer wisdom which is bound to inspire others as it always inspires me. Happy holiday to you, friend.

  2. August 30, 2019 / 12:55 pm

    Thank you Michele! This is an awesome resource! It’s so difficult to choose the perfect paint color. I love all these neutrals. They allow the art to really pop! Happy Friday 😊

    • Michele
      Author
      August 30, 2019 / 2:25 pm

      Happy weekend, Holly! Thank goodness it’s here – can’t wait to finish painting and feathering my little laundry room. πŸ™‚

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