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Calming Colours

Do you know the colours that bring calm to our mind? And that we can use in our homes for that purpose?

Your body and your mind both have reactions to seeing colours, based on experience and reference. Colours have a huge impact on us, psychologically, emotionally and even physically.

I asked my community what was the colour that was calming their mind the most between these 5 colours: blue, green, red, yellow and purple.

Blue came back as the most calming colours (48%)was first, followed by green (28%), followed by yellow (13%).

All colours actually can have some sort of calming effect. Colours that remind the mind of moments of nature are soothing for the mind. That can be a very large palette of colours.

Blue reminds us of the sky, the sea, the water. It is known to help to sleep and relax.

Violets, pinks can remind us of flowers, for example. It’s more about balance and inner peace.

Olive green, tan or warm greys are earthy colours, it can be soothing as it reminds us of woods, gardens.

White symbolizes clarity and freshness. The 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.

And yellow is related to the rays of sunshine, and also spring.

But also colours can be more meaningful to you in other ways. For example, your baby bedroom was green and now it remains a calming colour for you, or you had a yellow bear when you were little, and yellow in a calming colour.

The tones (whether to colour is intense or going towards grey) also influence the effect of the colours. Soft, pale tones have more relaxing effects and bright colours are more stimulating and suitable for activity space.

For example, this bright green and the pale green won’t have the same effect. The first one being stimulating and the second more soothing.

However, as I said before, calm is not only about doing nothing and relaxing, there is calm also in action when the mind is focused on an activity: when it is on the flow.

If you are looking at creating a calm space, for example, you will have to look at :

  • what colours bring calm to you.

Because different personalities will be drawn to different colours. Blue is my calming colour. My sister’s is pink.

But also, it is important to look at the space you have:

  • the size: dark colours will make your space looks smaller,

  • the lights: is it facing north or south? Warm colours are better on walls for rooms facing the North. Cool colours in North-facing rooms can be even more greyish but in a more depressing way. It is not advised but it can be done if you counter the colour of the walls with brighter elements in the room.

There are so much to talk about!

I have to say first that when I was working on this post, I ended up with a 10-page document on the subject. And I think it is way too long to go through all of it in this post, so I went through a few points here.

I have created a more complete guide with all my notes and how to apply it in your calm space.

If you are interested in the guide, click here to get it: I WANT THE GUIDE

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