Rich hues and soft pastels lend a calming feeling to these spaces.
"How soothing is this color? Not too gray, not too violet. Its gracefulness and subtlety set the tone for a dining room in an Atlanta home." —Kristin Kong
Sherwin-Williams Beguiling Mauve SW 6269
Kong echoed the hue's delicacy by having the cherry dining table refinished in a serene gray, then adding contrast with the burlap-back chairs.
￼"Like the warm glow of candlelight, this soft shade — a mix of pu￼￼￼￼mpkin and putty — creates a feeling of coziness." —Cameron Schwabenton
Sherwin-Williams Ligonier Tan SW 7717
With the space's rustic shiplap walls and reclaimed-wood mantel, it serves as an invitation to relax.
"This painterly blue proves a color can be tranquil and exciting at the same time. You almost sink into the calmness, but it's still confident." —Mary Douglas Drysdale
Sherwin-Williams Searching Blue SW 6536
Douglas first painted the cabinets a base color, then mixed shades 50% lighter and 150% darker to stripe the wall. "It's also a very architectural way of using color," she says.
"A mist gray that evokes fog over a Scottish loch gave a sitting area a quiet sophistication." —Mary McDonald
Sherwin-Williams Sensible Hue SW 6198
By repeating the hue, McDonald was able to layer a variety of stripes — on the chair, the floor, the curtains — without ta the eye.
"This is warm and inviting. It reminds me of the glow of the sun. When I look at it, I feel as if I'm on an island in the Caribbean, which is a retreat for me and where I find most of my inspiration. I'd layer it with natural linens and white trim." —Elsa Soyars
Benjamin Moore Regal Coral Gables 2010-40
The cheery hue creates the perfect environment for entertaining.
"I find it rela whenever any dark, rich color is used throughout a room. Your eye is not jumping from dark walls to light trim, and you sink into the color just as you'd sink into a comfortable sofa. It's almost as if you're swimming in it. And it opens up the space, because you can't see where the boundaries are." —Eddie Lee
Valspar Signature Purple Royalty 4009-10
The regal hue certainly has a presence, but doesn't overwhelm this charming guest room.
"This cloudy shade of blue with gray undertones reminds me of the quietness of a rainy day, when you can just curl up in bed and relax. It would turn any room into a refuge. Combine it with more intense shades of gray and blue if you want more impact. A salmon or a deep sage would also look stunning against it." —Paul Corrie
Benjamin Moore Regal Select Blue Lace 1625
Though it's filled with light, this living room feels intimate thanks to the cool gray walls.
"Imagine sitting back in a wicker chair on a veranda, sipping a martini, and reading F. Scott Fitzgerald. This lightest of greens has the dappled, fading light of a summer afternoon. It allows you to be quiet. It doesn't shout; it's still." —Whitney Stewart
C2 Luxe Seedling C2-188
The light green walls and ceiling create a soothing cocoon for end of a long day.
"Nothing is more soothing in a bedroom than this celestial blue. Pretty and fresh, it looks beautiful paired with virtually any color. I would put soft floral prints by Robert Kime or Bennison on the furniture. The room would feel like a garden, with the walls becoming the sky." —Allison Caccoma
Benjamin Moore Regal Harbor Haze 2136-60
The fresh blue walls exude happiness and whimsy.
"This blue-green is blended with just enough gray to warm cool colors that can sometimes be too icy, and just enough white to soften the tone without fading it. We've used it in a bedroom to create a peaceful retreat that still feels cheerful. It sets off wood floors and furniture and looks fresh with white trim, so it works with many styles." —Mara Miller
Ralph Lauren Interior Paint Willow RLVM270
The deep blue-green eases you into your morning routine.
"I always wanted a lilac bedroom and went through a lot of shades before I found this one. The gray in it adds sophistication and takes it to a quiet, dreamy place. For accent colors, I chose earthy browns and creams, which have a serene effect and bring out the purple. If you pair it with brighter colors, it can get too juvenile and sweet." —Rinat Lavi
Benjamin Moore Regal Select Winter Gray 2117-60
This concentrated lilac brings sparkling personality to this entryway.
"I think it's the subtlety of this color that draws you in. It's the silvery gray-green of a eucalyptus leaf, with a soft, foggy quality that envelops you. It would be elegant in a dining room with dark woods and a rock-crystal chandelier, or calming in a master bath with Carrara marble. Gray veining would pick up the gray undertones." —Lisa McDennon
Sherwin-Williams Harmony Conservative Gray SW 6183
This soft gray makes the room feel quite expansive.
"Grays are my new favorite neutral, and this one is wonderfully warm, with an organic feel. It can be casual and comforting or quietly elegant. I've used it in a dining room to create a sophisticated backdrop, but it could also be very rela in a bedroom. I like a satin finish for a richer look with greater durability." —Ann Wisniewski
Sherwin-Williams Emerald Fawn Brindle SW 7640
The warm gray walls just exude urban chic.
"Everyone — men and women alike — loves this color. It's a pale blue with a lot of green in it, and it's a little dirty, which makes it more complex than the typical pastel. I've used it everywhere, from kitchens to bedrooms. I even painted my office in it. People walk in and say, 'This is how I want my house to feel.'" —Cathy Kincaid
Farrow & Ball Estate Emulsion Pale Powder 204
The light blue walls lend a cool feeling to this spacious closet.
"Aqua reminds me of the carefree spirit of summer. This particular shade has more of a green cast, and that transports me to remote tropical beaches shaded by palm trees and lapped by waves — a perfect image for a bathroom. What's better than lying in the tub and being embraced by a color that captures that tranquillity?" —Kerry Joyce
Benjamin Moore Natura St. John's Bay 584
This paler shade of aqua is an appropriate backdrop for antiques.