How to Create a Relaxing Environment at Home: Color Guide

Updated: Sep 30, 2019

Imagine coming home after a long hard day to your own restful retreat. While clutter, lack of space, and general disorganization can add to an unrelaxed atmosphere, creating a space that will ease your mind can be as simple as the color choices you make.

Whether you choose to paint an accent wall, or add some colorful furniture pieces, art or accessories, these are some colors that can bring a sense of calm to your space.

You may love these colors below, but don't want to necessarily make your home look like a pastel Easter egg exploded in your house! So, when choosing to add any of these colors, select shades that have hints of grey or brown in them. This mutes the color, gives it a softer hue so that the overall tone feels soft, inviting and sophisticated at the same time.


Blue is one of my favorite colors when it comes to clothes and decor, so I love that it is also one of the most calming colors. It has proven to be a soothing color choice that can transform a room.

Light purple

Lavender, in many regards, is considered soothing. When it comes to picking essential oils, this is the one that relaxes and de-stresses you, and the same can be said for adding this color to your living space. Breathe a little easier with light purple accents in the room.

Benjamin Moore Golden Honey


A popular color choice for kitchens, yellow can be the pick me-up color you need to see before that morning cup of coffee. Whether you choose to incorporate this color with appliances and accents or with paint, yellow is a color that can boost any bad mood. Add yellow to your front door to welcome you home, or a super easy way to add yellow is lemons or sunflowers in your kitchen!


Some people treat green as another neutral. Green is the color of living plants and its earthy tone helps us feel grounded. When mixed with grey it's ever so chic and beautiful. Love. Adding plants to your home is a terrific way to freshen the air quality and also boost your mood!


While a neutral palette sounds boring, it really doesn't have to be! By layering textures, this subtle palette can be ever so calming. Ivory, grey, beige, cream, and oatmeal are some of my favorite neutrals to layer. They never go out of style and always brighten the space! Neutrals are timeless.

Benjamin Moore is my favorite paint but I also use Sherwin Williams a lot. Sherwin Williams Dover white is very similar to swiss coffee.

And a little tip about sheen: Trim and millwork should always be done in satin or semi-gloss. Walls matte or eggshell. I prefer a washable matte because it's softer looking kind of like how suede is softer than regular leather. It just feels buttery on your walls and touches up like a dream. Bathrooms should have eggshell or satin depending on how well your room is ventilated. If you have good ventilation you can get away with eggshell.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out! I would love to hear from you! Happy decorating and cheers to you creating a more calming space!