Apr 07, 2021 | By WGSN Insider
Apr 09, 2020
During this turbulent and tough time, so many of us have found a new reality for working, socialising and parenting, all without leaving our homes. Getting to grips with a new daily routine, social distancing from loved ones and a lot of extra time on our hands can sometimes make us feel overwhelmed and anxious, but it is key to remember you are not alone and we will all get through this together. Whether it be by getting yourself in a routine that feels like a new normal or daily facetimes with loved ones, there are tips and tricks to help us stay on track and adapt in these confusing times.
Colour is something which impacts us all and often we take it for granted. Colour has the power to directly impact human behaviour, whether that be to activate or calm us down. We wanted to delve further into colour psychology by introducing five colours that can help influence our mental wellbeing, whether that comes from dressing, visualising or surrounding ourselves in the soothing, soft tones explored below.
With the capacity to bring balance and make you feel inner peace, this colour asks us to connect our bodies and our minds, and bring them to the fore. Purple hues are known to signify strength, peace and wisdom. Studies even suggest that the power of meditation is up to 10-times greater when practiced under purple lights.
Green is a restful and nurturing tone. We associate it directly with nature and the lush outdoors, and being in nature is proven to improve mood, cognition and health.
Symbolizing health and prosperity, the Egyptians believed it was a sacred colour, representing hope, joy, spring and fertility. The creamier, softer shades are best to soothe and calm.
You might be a little surprised to see grey on this list since it is often linked with low moods and cloudy skies, however, the right shade of grey can be very calming and relaxing. Lavender Grey has a subtle hint of lilac to it, uplifting the shade and bringing a sense of balance. As grey is a cool, neutral and balanced colour, it creates both a solid and stable grounding – perfect to evoke a sense of calm and composure, and relief from a chaotic world.
Pink promotes tranquillity and peace. In fact, Feng Shui believes it is the perfect tone for soothing energy, filling the heart with love. When choosing the right shade of pink, think soft and light, as brighter shades could leave you feeling overstimulated.
Pinks can stir feelings of compassion, nurture and love, especially in the softer, lighter variations which are linked to tenderness and empathy.
This colour stands true to its name: peaceful, calm and gentle. Blue tones have the tremendous power of managing your stress and offering an escapism, especially in these softer, neutral shades. It was no surprise that Coloro’s recent #stayhomewithcoloro campaign on Instagram saw many people picking the summer sky as one of their top five colours that spark joy.
Blue can calm your mind, slow your heart rate and lower your blood pressure, in turn reducing anxiety.
These five colours are rooted in nature and have an optimistic outlook which we hope will soothe your senses and ignite feelings of joy, tranquillity and ease. However, colour is a subjective matter and we would love to hear which five tones spark joy in you. Get involved with #stayhomewithcoloro on Instagram and share with us the colours which soothe you during this time of unease.
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