Find Peace at Home with Paint

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Are you painting a room in your house to achieve a peaceful atmosphere? Whether it be a bedroom or a living room, a foyer or a kitchen, your color choice can affect the mood you are trying to set.

Despite the environmental and cultural aspects of the way we perceive color and how it affects us, there are some universal notions we can rely on: warm colors (reds, yellows and oranges) can evoke feelings of warmth and safety, while cool colors (blues, purples and greens) bring on feelings of calm, peace and serenity.

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To achieve a peaceful atmosphere you have a wide choice of hues to choose from inside the major cool colors, ranging from neutral blanc de chine to a bold blue via pastel purples. Depending on your own preference and affinities to different colors, there are different tools that can help you put together a nice palette to decorate your house with. One of my favorite is Seeds Design, which gives palettes based on photos. The Olympic collections has some nice inspiration palettes as well. I also like to visualize the different colors I pick using Colorjive to upload a photo of my room and change the color with a click.

(Image credits: Bethany Nauert; Leela Cyd Ross)