Good Questions: What "Calming" Color for These Walls?

Good Questions: What "Calming" Color for These Walls?

Maxwell Ryan
Oct 17, 2007

Hello AT,

My husband and I are at a loss as to which color to paint the walls in our living room. The pea soup green that was here when we moved in is just not doing it for us. Unfortunately it's almost throughout the whole house!...

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The dining room leads into the living room and is an eye-searing yellow at the moment, but will be painted in the not-too-distant future.

We're looking for a calming color, not too dark, possibly a grey, blue, or a different green. The couches are staying but the carpet will be replaced with hardwood in the next year or so.

Any suggestions?

Thanks, Kelly

Dear Kelly,

If you want calm, go cool. This means anything on the blue end of the spectrum (away from red and yellow) and would include blues, greys, magentas and some greens.

Looking at your living room, our suggestion would be to go for a Ben Moore China White (lighter) or Janovic Plaza's "Siberian Snowflake" which you can check out in this post: Good Questions: What's That Gray in the Pic?.

Related Links:

How To: Choose a Wall Color & Not Screw It Up
AT's I've Got Color Contest Entries- Check out reader's submissions for ideas.
Apartment Therapy on Color 101: Cool Colors & Warm Colors

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