Calming Colors


Who really has time to relax these days? Everything is go, go, go! I bet you were so busy you didn’t even know August 15th was National Relaxation Day. But even if your life is chaotic, your home and work environments don’t have to be. Surrounding yourself with calm and relaxing colors can have a soothing effect on your mind and can help aid in concentration.

Pat Verlodt, president of Color Services & Associates, Inc., says the most common calming colors are blues and greens because they remind us of calming things in nature – the ocean, the sky, a quiet field.


Buxton Blue and Blue Danube | Benjamin Moore

Imagine you could hear what “blue” sounds like. You probably hear a sound that could lull you to sleep, such as a gentle breeze or water lapping on the shore. Now imagine you could hear “red.” It probably sounds louder and more chaotic, which is why red is considered an energizing color, not a calming one.

According to Pat, popular calm colors include aquas, turquoises and blue greens. And don’t be concerned with “rules” when it comes to using calm colors. You could use them in any room of the house or in your office. They can be used in rooms that face the south and west to cool them off and because they are flattering colors they can be used in baths and powder rooms as well.

So even if your life is a little busy and chaotic, your space doesn’t have to be. Create a relaxing retreat with calming colors. And remember, the color experts at Hirshfield’s are always willing to help you with your color choices!

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