You may know that colours and emotions are closely linked. Warmer colours can evoke different emotions than cooler and brighter shades. They can lead to a variety of feelings. It also depends on combinations as well as the actual human mood.
For instance, red shades tend to trigger your stress response, making you more anxious, while lighter shades calm you down. If you are feeling overly stressed, you can use colour as a stress management tool. With that in mind, here is a list of 7 relaxing colours we have compiled you can choose for a stress-free life.
This colour stands true to its appearance. Peaceful, calm and gentle, blue has tremendous power to manage stress. It's a very soothing colour that helps calm your mind, slow down your heart rate, lower your blood pressure and reduce anxiety. Blue is believed to have a cooling and astringent effect. When choosing the right shade of blue, it's best advised to go for a soft and neutral shade (eg bedroom wall) for a calming effect.
Green is a restful and quiet colour. Because it symbolises nature, green is one of the most beautiful and comforting colours that attracts harmonious feelings that can diffuse anxiety and helps us stay calm and refreshed. Beige greens and pale yellow-greens are the most stress-reducing shades in the green family.
Pink is another colour that promotes tranquility and peace. In fact, Feng Shui believes pink soothes various energies in a room and keep them understated. It's peacefulness promotes balance of your energies. Although pink is considered a feminine colour, commonly seen in a baby girl’s nursery room, the right shade of pink can look beautiful in just about any room.
White symbolises clarity and freshness. It is the right colour to be surrounded with in times of stress, to get clarity of your thoughts. A white painted room is considered to be the most ideal for a pregnant woman. But remember that white needs to be a clean, bright white but not too stark because if it looks dirty and dull, your emotions can mirror the same dullness.
Violet signifies strength, peace and wisdom. It has the capacity to bring balance and make you feel inner peace. Many consider decorating their space with violet to create a peaceful environment. Also violet is said to be good for bone growth, maintaining the potassium and sodium balance of the body. Studies even suggest that the power of meditation can be ten times greater under violet light. So now you know the secret to powerful meditation. In case you don't want to opt for all-violet look, try placing a violet flower in a visual place in the living room or use a violet-coloured decoration item.
Many of us think of grey as a dull, boring and a bit depressing colour. But the truth is grey has a very soothing and cooling presence. Grey, when paired with blue or white elements, can create a relaxing atmosphere.
There's something very positive about this colour that makes you feel lively and energetic the moment you lay your eyes on it. So if you want to jump start your day on an energetic note, keep a significant 'yellow thing' in a prominent place at home. Or even better paint your kitchen yellow (in full or parts) because a recent research found out that people in the yellow room appeared be more active and conscious then people in other room.