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12 ultra-mellow palettes to bring to your Zen home

One of the easiest and most transformative ways to completely change the look of your home (without investing a lot of money in new furniture) is paint it. Speaking of an instant upgrade, paint can make any room look fresh (and it’s also a great weekend! Home page DIY improvements, too). The hardest part is choosing the right color. Now that life is getting a little better and we’re all venturing outside more often, we think the paint trend will start. zen ra with a very soft and soothing color palette.

It’s all about creating a relaxing space to come home to because the color palette of a room plays a huge role in the overall vibe and emotional tone it sets. Exotic patterns and bold colors, no matter how fun and exciting they may be, don’t necessarily call them a mellow. Environment (some may claim the difference, and that’s fine too!). So if peace, quiet, and soothing happiness are what you’re looking for, then try to find soothing palettes that soothe the soul.

That said, you don’t necessarily have to turn your home into an oasis of light gray, light blue, and white highlights. The combination of warm and cool tones is what gives the room an overall calming palette, with varying levels of brightness. We asked the designers Max Humphrey and Julie Daele for insight into their expertise.

Check out our experts’ favorite calming palettes up front!


photo taken by Amy Bartlam, courtesy of Well received

Daele emphasizes that you don’t always have to use warm light and bright colors to make a room quiet and peaceful. Here, Portola Paint in Salem setting the scene for a real zen environment.

Photo courtesy of Well Received

A big fan of moody yet peaceful bedrooms, Daele loves shades that are reminiscent of Japanese design and her travels to Kyoto — like the classic grays found in Benjamin Moore. Cape May Cobblestone.

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How luxurious is this bedroom warm yet silent? It’s proof that calmness and serenity don’t always equal pastel colors. Here is another room with Portola Paint in Salem, showing you how versatile a single paint shade can be.

Children’s room

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When it comes to children’s rooms, Daele prefers neutral colors that allow the room to mature as the child grows. She also reminds us that the days of having to make room around a baby’s gender are over! Portola Paint’s Roman Clay in Charleston palette rules above.

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For the boy room project above, Daele chose to go with a bit of mood, using Portola Paint’s Roman Clay “Fade To BlackAlong with colorful works of art. It may not be for everyone, but she loves the combination of art with dark walls.

photo taken by Design Pappas Miron

Humphrey is all about a super soft and muted sandy pink like that of Benjamin Moore Dirty. It can be a sweet addition to a child’s room and set the stage for a light and bright color palette without being sexist.

Living room

photo taken by Stephen Paul, courtesy of Well received

According to Daele, more and more people are moving away from all-white walls, wanting to combine white with a wall that has a pop of color and/or texture. Paint Portola in Lonely Park is the star of Daele’s gorgeous living room above.

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Daele also likes to mix two neutrals (i.e. gray and brown) to create texture and contrast in the room. Classic shade Cape May Cobblestone by Benjamin Moore sets the stage in the photo above.

Photo courtesy of Max Humphrey

Humphrey is all about using olives as a neutral, and by Benjamin Moore Tate Olive is the perfect shade for an extremely cold room without being boring.

Photo courtesy of Max Humphrey

Humphrey doesn’t find white paint calming at all, it’s a bit too sterile for his taste, that’s why he often goes for soft grays like Benjamin Moore Gray owl when designing neutral spaces.

Dining room

photo taken by Olive and Tate

Color is Humphrey’s instinct, he often wants to refer to nature in some way – blue and pink skies, green grass, etc. by Benjamin Moore Hamilton Blue just do it. Doesn’t it remind you of a stormy sea?

What’s your favorite calming palette? Share it with us below.



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