10 Life-Changing Paint Colors
"There's something in the color blue that triggers a relaxation response. It makes me feel as if I'm floating in a boat, looking up at the sky. Everything about it speaks of a gentle, tranquil, Zen state of mind. This is not an aloof blue. It's a blue that gathers you in."—Leatrice Eiseman. Paint by Pantone.
There's a softness to this cream, with a touch of red, that attracts me. That bit of warmth makes it more uplifting. It's like a blossom in spring. I would do it in a bedroom with olive, navy, or eggplant. It's gentle and clean and optimistic a fresh way of being Zen."Brett Beldock. Paint by Pantone.
Sensible Hue SW6198 and Aloof Gray SW6197
"These grays are just the calmest thing in the world, and the green in them means they go with everything. I like painting a wall in two shades. The darker color grounds the room, and then the lighter runs right up to the ceiling and makes it feel higher. It creates this serene atmosphere." —Laura Bohn. Paint by Sherwin-Williams.
"You know how good it feels to turn your face to the sun? That warm, life-giving quality is one of the things that makes yellow very healing. It's a color of hope and clear thinking. Yellow makes you feel there are possibilities. Suddenly you see things in a new light."—Kate Smith. Paint by Pratt & Lambert.
"This is about rebirth, growth, and nature. It's the color of new leaves. Chartreuse can be very acid, but this is more of a soft yellow-green, easy to work with. I see it in a master bedroom with creamy linens and a touch of coral. It would bring in some life."—Barry Johnson. Paint by Full Spectrum Paints.
Fresh Pink Lemonade GLR17
"Pink represents love and tenderness. It opens up the heart and increases receptivity. It attracts kindness and compassion, which is very helpful for emotional healing. It will put the sweetness back into your life."—Michele Bernhardt. Paint by Glidden.
Stony Ground 211
"Everybody is working so hard, and you want to come home to a place where you can rest. This beige may be neutral, but I swear it has medicinal, calming qualities — and it doesn't require a prescription! You'll emerge refreshed, with the energy to keep moving and creating. Bring in burnt orange, dark gray, or indigo blue."—Erin Martin. Paint by Farrow & Ball.
"This is on a single wall in my galley kitchen. That way you don't feel like you just fell into a berry smoothie. Violet draws out a higher consciousness, so they say, because it's nearest to black. And it's simultaneously warm and cool, vibrant and relaxed, vintage and fresh. It makes me a mellow kind of happy."—Noelle Lake. Paint by Benjamin Moore.
Etruscan Red 56
"This color envelops you, quietly penetrating like a deep massage. You can relax and regroup, physically and emotionally, until you regain your strength. It's the color of the clay pipes made by the indigenous people of our land to communicate with the creator. It doesn't feel like paint. It feels like mother earth herself."—Kathryn Scott. Paint by Farrow & Ball.
"Green is in the middle of the spectrum, so in a sense it incorporates both ends and embraces all the realms of light that people need for nourishment. It evokes both warmth and coolness. Since it's ubiquitous in nature, it takes us back to nature. Try it in a guest room or a garden room, accented with white." —Donald Kaufman. Paint by Donald Kaufman Color.