Colour psychology is a complex field, however there are a few easy take-home basics you can implement on a budget to create your calm sanctuary at home. As we all spend our winters indoors, it’s natural to feel the impulse to optimise your space. Perhaps you’ve been considering a revamp for a while, but you still can’t decide on the right aesthetic. Sometimes switching up your colour palette is exactly what you need. When we choose calming colours that support a peaceful, rejuvenating space, it’s a win-win situation.
Selecting the right colours is an important part of making your home a more enjoyable space. Not only is it a pretty low-effort, inexpensive, and sustainable project to repaint your interior walls, but also it’s proven to have a positive impact on our wellbeing. If you’re skeptical about how changing the colours of your walls could really make a difference, consider colour psychology. At the end of this post, you’ll find a fun, info-packed guide to taking advantage of colour.
Colour Psychology 101
The Magic of Calming Colours
It’s not always feasible to jump into a big renovation, but starting small with fresh colours is a great approach. Take advantage of the seemingly magical, subliminal power of the right colour palette. Most of the colours we recommend are more neutral, less saturated shades. Lightly saturated pinks, blues, greens, and purples induce a calming effect, whereas bright reds and yellows have the opposite impact on the mind.
Using To Revamp An Entire Space
You may already realise colours influence our thoughts and emotions, but you might not be utilising this knowledge in your own home. When you take into account the effect of colour psychology on your mental state, it’s a simple but powerful concept. Understanding the principles of colour theory is easy, intuitive, and effective. Naturally, lighter, softer colours are peaceful and soothing. You may notice you gravitate towards pastels and neutrals when you’re stressed. These colours are especially popular for bedrooms and living rooms.
Designing Your Ideal Colourful Sanctuary
Colour is one of the best natural ways to promote relaxation. When you make your ideal colourful sanctuary, you may instantly feel a mood boost or a sense of relief. One of the best things about incorporating stress-relieving colours into your home is that a simple repainting job is a straightforward task. You probably won’t need a pro’s help to successfully paint your walls. Nevertheless, it does help to consider professional painting resources for advice.
If you’re in the process of updating your home and don’t know where to start in terms of hiring professionals, there are websites out there dedicated to helping you, free of cost. For example, word of mouth references can be tough, so a site like HomeAdvisor has a wealth of free resources and information about local pros.
“Colours are vibrating light energies, each “colour ray” produces a sound that affects matter.”― Jacqueline Ripstein, The Art of HealingArt
Words by Gabrielle Gardiner | Photo by Jessica Delp