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How to colour your home happy: 3 interior colour schemes for mental wellness

Colour has long been remarked by artists and interior designers as a powerful communicator for individuality, feelings, and personal experiences. As expressed by Pablo Picasso, ‘Colours, like features, follow the changes of the emotions’. As we head into the New Year and its promise of positivity, hope, and wellness, where better to utilise the connection between colour and mental wellbeing than at home?

With the help of leading experts within the industry, from colour psychologists to interior specialists, we’ve collated the best colours for mental health. Drawing inspiration from a variety of stunning interior styles, read on to discover how you can colour your home happy.

Ideal colours for imagination and creativity: Purple

neutral sofa with coloured scatter cushions in rustic living room

Interior design for wellbeing is at the forefront of the industry this year and this has never been clearer than when Pantone released their colour of the year for 2022 as Very Peri – a periwinkle hue promoting feelings of creativity, confidence, and joy.

“As we move into a world of unprecedented change, the selection of PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri brings a novel perspective and vision of the trusted and beloved blue color family, encompassing the qualities of the blues, yet at the same time with its violet red undertone, PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri displays a spritely, joyous attitude and dynamic presence that encourages courageous creativity and imaginative expressions”

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute

Pantone’s colour experts demonstrate the existence of a strong connection between colour and wellness. Stimulating a creative spirituality and allowing us to connect with our higher selves, hues of purple appear to be the perfect solution to a world in which the boundaries of our inspiration have been reduced to the walls of our home. Created from a blue and red colour palette, the colour also evokes feelings of balance and harmony, making it ideal in designing a space for mental stability.

When it comes to styling with purple, consider which room you feel at your happiest and most creative – this could be the kitchen, the bedroom, or even a small nook in you living space. Transform your design ethos to cater around your lifestyle and emotions by optimising your space through colour. For purple, this means adding purple accessories, statement pieces of furniture or feature walls to create an interior space that inspires your imagination and meditative spirit.

Ideal colours for optimism, hopefulness, and relaxation: Green

green velvet sofa with checkered cushions and glass coffee table

Reminiscent of the natural world and all its tranquil glory, green is symbolic for harmony, serenity, and peace. Regarded as the most restful and relaxing shade on the colour wheel, green not only promotes feelings of positivity and renewal, but acts as a therapeutic tone when incorporated within the home.

Compared to purple, a green colour scheme is simple to execute with sleek and sophisticated results and is the ideal colour for your living room.

Ideal colours for peace and productivity: Blue

blue velvet button back sofa in grey living room

Confident. Serene. Inspiring. Blue is a colour that is the epitome of calm and contentment. As researched by architectural scholars Kurt and Osueke, blue has shown to encourage intellectual activity, logical thought, and concentration, while simultaneously having positive physical effects, such as lowering blood pressure.

As the world of work continues to evolve and many of us are finding ways to create makeshift home offices, incorporating shades of blue within your home is therefore ideal for creating an environment you can remain cool, calm, and collected, from day to night.

While these three schemes do have notable benefits to our mental wellbeing, colour remains a unique and personal experience for each and every one of us. Interior stylist Sophie Robinson explains that the main giveaway of colour psychology is understanding which colour palettes resonate with you in a positive way, regardless of the consensus.

“Colour is such a personal thing and this is why the psychology of colour is so important. Colour causes emotion. It’s energy light waves that hit our retina, send signals to the brain and boom. We feel it. But…and here’s the exciting part, we don’t all feel it in the same way. For example, blue is typically considered by most people to be calming as it’s the colour of calm oceans and expansive skies. But some people just don’t like blue in their interior environments. This is why it’s so important to listen to your own instincts when it comes to picking the colours that you surround yourself with.” 

Sophie Robinson, interior designer, stylist and journalist