5 calming paint colours – and how to use them to create blissful rooms

These paint colours and easy decorating ideas will instantly make any room a more relaxing space

Calming paint colours
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Looking for the best paint colours to creat a relaxing environment? Well you are in the right place. Creating a calming home is a lot to do with the colour schemes you choose and layering textures. Full on bright colours and busy patterns are not conducive to a quiet mind! We’ve found some relaxing looks for the bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, dining room and living room to inspire you and guide you to creating your own peaceful home to relax in.

If you are after more living room ideas head our to our feature next. 

1. Go for a neutral living room with plenty of texture

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Squishy sofas, oodles of natural light, bags of texture and a cosy lighting scheme are all key elements for a serene living room. Add in sumptuous cushions and throws, a textured rug and a scented candle or two and you’ll be curled up on the sofa in no time. 

For more white living room ideas have a scroll through our gallery. 

2. Add lavender or dirty pink paint colour to a living room or bedroom

Paint colours

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This lovely mucky pink automatically makes you feel calmer. Called Sulking Room Pink by Farrow & Ball (opens in new tab), it's perfect for period-style living rooms, creating a calm, inviting feel, and beautiful in bedrooms – where we've tried it out with dark wood antique furniture and white painted floorboards. Bliss...

3. Create a calming kitchen with muted grey paint colours 

Belinda Flury's extended kitchen is classically chic

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This muted grey painted kitchen has many well balanced elements, and that is exactly what you want to create a calm space. Nothing ‘fights’ with each other, everything is equal. The splashback paint colour is a similar tone to the grey units. The floor has a characterful white-washed feel, whilst the wooden stools add texture. Use simple accessories in white and wood to finish off the look.

Love this kitchen? We have a whole article dedicated to grey kitchen ideas so check that out too.

4. Mix neutrals from a relaxing bedroom 

Bedroom by Weaver Green

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Again, if you want to create a light and airy scheme which lends itself to a calming vibe, then white is a great option. Bedrooms are quite possibly the most important space for us to feel relaxed in, sleep is so important to our mental health. Textures are key in here and layer them as much as possible – go for high thread count cotton or slubby linen bedding, a beautiful textured throw and not forgetting a tactile rug (opens in new tab) for you to step out onto every morning. Warm wood accessories will add warmth to the scheme. 

Find more bedroom ideas in our gallery. 

5. Pick a green paint for its relaxing properties 

Hallway paint ideas

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Green is known for its soothing properties and that’s exactly why Dulux launched their Tranquil Dawn (opens in new tab) shade as their Colour of The Year 2020 – how apt it is after this year! This hallway, however is by Little Greene (opens in new tab) – and we love the use of the toning light and dark greens used to create a calm feeling in what's often a busy space: the hallway. Find more hallway paint ideas in our guide – we've got 30 ways to update your hallway with colour.

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Sophie has been an interior stylist and journalist for over 22 years and has worked for many of the main interior magazines during that time both in-house and as a freelancer. On the side, as well as being the News Editor of indie magazine, 91, Sophie trained to be a florist in 2019 and launched The Prettiest Posy where she curates beautiful flowers for the modern bride.