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This trendy shade isn’t just for looks—some studies say it could be good for your mental and physical health.

By Marisa Spyker

If you’ve browsed social media within the past year, you’ve likely heard some buzz about forest bathing—the latest fitness trend to hit the U.S. Inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, the belief is that surrounding yourself with greenery will make you physiologically and psychologically healthier.

But, while setting off into the wilderness is the ultimate in self-care, the next best thing just might be surrounding yourself with shades that remind you of nature. According to studies, people often associate the color green with feelings of calm and relaxation—the same effect one gets when they surround themselves with trees and plants.

Nile Green can induce feelings of calm, making it great for spaces like a guest bedroom.
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The color green is also incredibly easy on the eyes—scientifically speaking. Researchers have found that our eyes strain less when exposed to green shades, due to its position on the center of the color spectrum. The reduced strain within our nervous systems could be what causes reduced stress levels and even improved concentration when exposed to the hue.

Because of the shade’s positive associations, green is a great choice in virtually any room in your home. In a kitchen, green (particularly lighter shades like Nile Green) feels fresh and natural; in a bedroom, soothing. And in a living or entertainment room, where the light from the TV can cause eyestrain, green shades could help to balance that out.

Forget forest bathing—we’re ready to bathe our entire home in this calming color.

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