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Colors To Calm Your Soul 

To say that the world has been a bit topsy-turvy lately is a gross understatement. Between economic and political upheaval and the fact that we are all dealing with a global pandemic, we could all use a little calm in our lives. 

Our homes are supposed to be our asylum, retreat, and sanctuaries from the craziness of the world around us. While we can’t always shut out the problems of the world for long periods of time, we can create a little corner of our lives and homes that can calm our souls in the face of a stressful and challenging world. 

That’s where paint choices come in! 

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The Psychology of Color 

According to the color experts at TrueValue, “Color is more than a visual experience. It is also a psychological one that can radically affect mood and emotion. It is a classic form of communication that can project your personality and set the tone in each room of your home. Reactions to color can be subjective, but generally, certain types of colors produce particular responses.”

Each color family can elicit an emotional response spanning from anger and aggression to peace and serenity. For instance, the Psychology of Color tells us that warm colors like red, yellow, and orange can produce feelings of warmth or aggressiveness, while cool colors like greens and blues can be calming.

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Creating a Calming Environment 

Knowing that colors can evoke different emotional responses, it might be a good idea to take that theory a little further, and create a room or series of rooms (or heck, the whole house) into a place that can soothe your soul. 

While not every blue or green can create a sense of calm in a homeowner. We are all different after all. However, in general, these are two colors that seem to foster a sense of calmness even in the face of a stressful life. 

Blues 

Blues, from light pastels to the deepest Navy shade, are often seen as calming because they conjure up thoughts of the sky and the ocean in our minds. Both are things that make us feel centered and calm. 

Blues work exceptionally well in the bedroom to calm our minds before we drift off into slumberland each evening. 

If you are looking for a blue to calm your soul, check out Benjamin Moore’s Yarmouth Blue that looks like a cozy blanket that can envelop and hold you. 

Greens 

Greens, from pale mint to emerald green, this color reminds us of nature. Nature often can be calming because of the sights, sounds, and smells that tend to ground us including the sound of blowing leaves, the smell of a pine tree, and the sight of freshly mowed grass. All of these things keep us calm and relaxed. 

If you are looking for a green to calm your home or bedroom, try Benjamin Moore’s Palest Pistachio. This shade is a perfect mix between a minty green and a subtle blue. 

Check out the entire Classic Collection and a further look into the Psychology of Color on Benjamin Moore’s Color Pages