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Color Psychology for Paint: Calming Colors

There are many things you might be thinking about when it comes to choosing paint color for any area inside or outside your home, and color psychology is an increasingly popular approach. Different paint colors have varying impacts on our brains and how we feel, including both “warm” and “cool” colors that are meant to invigorate or calm, respectively.

At Crown Finish, we’re happy to help with all your interior and exterior painting needs around Orem, including color selection via any method you prefer. In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over examples of both of these sides of the paint and color psychology coin – today’s part one will focus on cool, calming colors and how they can be used, while part two will go over warm, invigorating colors. Let’s dive in!


One of the single most well-known calming colors is blue, a color associated with many peaceful things including the sky and sea. Blue shades are great for bedrooms and other areas where relaxation and calming effects are desired.

For instance, let’s say you’re looking for a color to paint your bedroom walls – blue is a great option, especially lighter shades such as baby blues or powder blues. These are usually more calming and inviting than darker navy blues.


Another great cool color that can be used in different areas of the home is green, which evokes feelings of nature. In general, greens are good for areas that need to feel relaxed and calming – and luckily, there’s a huge variety of green shades available.

For example, try using lighter greens such as sage or olive in a living room setting to create an atmosphere of tranquility. For a more bold look, use darker hunter green shades in an entryway or dining room.


While it will need to be balanced with some specific color in most cases, white is another great cool color that can be used for a variety of. It’s best to stay away stark whites, as these can look too sterile, instead opt for softer shades such as off-white eggshell.

White is particularly good choice for bathrooms due to its ability to reflect light and give the room an open, airy feeling.


Another color that’s growing in popularity is purple, which ranges in shades from light lavender to richer eggplant. This color can be used as an accent wall or even a full room paint job. It’s great for boosting creativity and also calming the mind – making it a good choice for office spaces and libraries.

These are just some of the cool colors you could use when painting your home. In the next part of this series, we’ll look at warm colors and how they can be used to create a different atmosphere. Stay tuned!

At Crown Finish, we know just how important it is to choose the right paint color when painting any area inside or outside your home. We’re here to help with all of your interior and exterior painting needs in Orem, including color selection via any method you prefer. Contact us today for more information on this or any of our handyman or home remodeling solutions!