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The theory has been tested in some pretty unexpected places.

By Marisa Spyker

For decades, the color pink has long been pegged as a feminine shade, gracing everything from little girls’ toys and clothing to the logos of brands marketed to women. But, according to psychologists, pink has powers that make it useful to everyone, regardless of gender.

Subdued and muted pink shades in particular, such as Pink Lavender, may be useful for promoting feelings of peace and tranquility. Others associate the shade with love and nurturing, and believe in its ability to increase compassion.

Because of its calm-inducing qualities, pink may be a perfect choice in a bedroom.
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It’s these qualities combined that have led people to test the theory in some unusual places. At a prison in Switzerland, cells were painted pink in an attempt to reduce aggression among violent inmates. (According to the psychologist running the project, it worked.) And at the University of Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium, the visitor’s locker room is painted a soothing pink shade to put opponents in a passive mood—a decision made by a former football coach with a degree in psychology.

But Pink Lavender in particular, with its bluish undertones, could also reap the benefits of a traditional lavender shade, which is said to increase feelings of nostalgia and—because of the mind’s association with the flower and aroma—relaxation.

Stylish and stress-free? Sounds like we could all benefit from a splash of Pink Lavender in our homes. Here are six ways to decorate with this relaxing hue in every room in your home.

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