Soothing Paint Colors for Women with Arthritis and Other Chronic Pain

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As a
woman with chronic pain, you look for ways to soothe yourself physically and
mentally, right? Well color is one of my favorite tools when designing homes for
women with arthritis but if it’s used incorrectly it can be as much hindrance
as help. There are thousands upon thousands of paint colors which can be both a
blessing and a curse. 

is a heat generating illness. When choosing paint for your home, you want pale,
cool and slightly muted colors. Keep color contrasts to a minimum and remember
to consider trims and wood finishes in your overall color schemes.

Use flat
finishes in your living room, dining room, entry and bedrooms; velvet or
eggshell in the kitchen and bathrooms (these soft, semi washable finishes are
appropriate for most surfaces), satin which is washable and stain resistant, is
good for high traffic areas like hallways and kids’ rooms, and semi-gloss on
doors, trim, molding and cabinetry. Gloss is also good for cabinetry, doors,
trim and molding but make sure your surface is in excellent condition because
gloss shows every imperfection. Gloss is also highly washable.


worked with an extraordinary color expert Marie Brown, LEED AP ID + C at my
local Dunn Edwards to come up with these beautiful colors. Dunn Edwards paint
colors are often preferred by interior designers. They are quality paints with
a more affordable price per gallon than Pratt and Lambert.

Morn DET 617, light gray

Setting DE 6359, a versatile, complex, light gray (gorgeous on my new kitchen
and bath cabinets!)

DE 6373, one of DE’s most popular light grays

Dust DEC 786, DE’s most popular medium gray beige (this “greige” is a little
darker, and would be lovely in a powder room)

Grain DE 6213, a light gray, that is at once cool and warm.

Vision DE 5875, pale blue

Ice DE 5798, pale blue

Mist DEW 388, pale blue

Spirit DE 6302, pale celadon

Bolt DE 6295, pale celadon

Sky DE 6288, pale celadon

Frost DE 5931, soft lavender

DEW 340, one of DE’s most popular whites and with good reason

Picket Fence DET 648, another of DE’s most popular whites

December DEW 383, white

Day DE 6226, taupe-gray (Greige)

and Lambert 

of my favorite paint companies is a boutique company called Pratt and Lambert.
Their colorist Cynthia and I devised these color selections just for you! They
are pale, soft and cooling, just what you need to soothe pain and cool your

I love about Pratt and Lambert is that their pigment content is high, giving
their paint much more depth and complexity than the others. I prefer their top
of line, Accolades formula. 

paint companies change, discontinue and add to their formulas so whatever
company you go with, always ask for their current, premium paint formulation.
Be willing to pay the extra money for it and it will not only look stunningly
beautiful, it also won’t need to be repainted for at least ten years. My Pratt
and Lambert paints at last count are eight years old and I still sigh when I
walk in my home. High quality paints have depth, character, better coverage,
are easier to clean, last longer, have fewer toxins and are easier on the
home’s inhabitants and the environment in general. Those represent considerable
value, even if you pay $20 more per gallon.

at Pratt and Lambert was kind enough to help me choose some beautiful paint
colors for you.

25-27 is a beautiful pale blue green.

22-30 is a pale celadon.

2-31 is a soft lavender.

Sky 22-31 is a soft gray-green.

11-31 (my living room, entry, dining room, stairwell and halls are Phantom in
Pratt and Lambert’s Accolades flat finish and it’s giving me years of sigh
inducing, visual pleasure, every time I come home!)

Rose 3-1, a muted rose

and Half 7-2, white  

other favorite is Half and Half, a creamy white with skin flattering
undertones, perfect for the master bedroom, bathrooms and dressing room. My
master bedroom is painted in the flat Accolades Half and Half and also the
doors, crown molding, and base molding. It is quite frankly the most beautiful
creamy white I’ve ever come across. How often do you actually notice white?
Well this one is impossible to ignore.

to Test Paint

a small amount and paint it on two 8 x 10 pieces of paperboard. Test the color
by holding the papers up or taping them close together, wrapped around a corner,
opposite the windows. Test in multiple spots during different times of the day.
Look at them against plain white paper, and look at many different, yet similar
colors side by side to get an accurate idea about each color. 

Trims and Ceilings

next part is a bit more advanced than what we’ve been talking about so far. If
you have crown molding, choosing ceiling paint is quite a bit easier. But if
you don’t, my choices below are the solution. 

the whites for ceilings. Use a flat finish. Also use these whites for cabinets,
doors and trim, in a semi-gloss or gloss finish, but only if your surfaces are
in excellent condition.

dark accent walls is problematic. Though painters are willing to “cut in” paint
color changes from wall to ceiling it never looks professional when there is a
noticeable color contrast without crown molding to divide it. To be honest, I
never liked the accent wall look to begin with. It looks great in Starbucks and
other commercial applications but not in residences, and particularly not in
today’s residences where the open floor plan is so prevalent. With all pale wall
and ceiling colors there is little color contrast so you can go with a white
ceiling if you like or even match the ceiling to the wall color. As long as
they are soft and pale like the colors I’ve chosen for you below (with the
exception of Miner’s Dust), the magnifying effect of colors bouncing off one
another will be minimal.

Go get a copy of my new book Shiree’s Interior Design and Lifestyle Tips. It’s
chock full of lifestyle goodness. It’s up on our beautiful, newly remodeled website

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February 18, 2020

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Soothing Paint Colors for Women with Arthritis and Other Chronic Pain

Soothing Paint Colors for Women with Arthritis and Other Chronic Pain

Soothing Paint Colors for Women with Arthritis and Other Chronic Pain