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Psychology Of Colour: Positive Colours

Psychology Of Colour: Positive Colours

Ana Zuravliova

By Ana Zuravliova

Trend Specialist at Blinds Direct
Mon 15 Jan 2024

Positivity is instrumental to helping protect our mental health. Introducing a soothing sense of calm to our lives by using positive colours in our home decor is therefore an excellent way to passively maintain our positivity, and in turn, our mental wellbeing. In today’s blog, we’ll showcase just some of the ways you can harness the power of colour to not only be on trend, but feel better too. 

Positive colours for the home

Positive colours have a magic power that inspire different reactions within us. Some will energise you, some will help you work more efficiently, and others will gently impart positivity to you and those sharing your space.

Positivity can be a relatively nebulous term – so what do we mean when we say it? Well, positivity is the feeling that despite certain issues or problems, everything is – or will be – ok. Sometimes however, we need a little boost to help us remain positive, and colour can certainly help us achieve that.

Below we have investigated some positive colours that will not only help you make a stylish statement in your home but add some positivity to your life too.

image of woman doing yoga in green field to show how to bring positivity to your life

Gentle greens

It seems with each year that passes, we increasingly forget we are essentially little more than smart mammals, and are a part of nature.

This disconnect seems to be linked with the rise of anxiety and depression, and the overall lack of positivity.  A step back to mother nature however can help to reverse this.

The best way to benefit from the positivity of the colour green is to use natural items. Potted plants improve our mental health be they flowers, succulents or even herbs.

The power of these flora friends can be enhanced furthermore with fixtures that feature the calming power of natural green tones.

Larger canvases such as sofas, curtains and even walls, in a nice paint or paper, can have a similar effect on our positivity. To give your space a real boost, consider using floral patterns such as this nature-inspired curtain.

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blue positive colours in bedroom and roman blinds

Becalming blue colours

Like its green counterpart, blue too provides a feeling of nature. Reminding us of the sky and sea – and a wider sense of infinity – blue helps us still the mind and relax. Relaxation and positivity go hand-in-hand and as a result, this is a great colour to introduce into your home.

Unlike green, you don’t need to only consider natural tones. With blue you can opt for anything from soft sky blues to increasingly trendy dark blues.

Pale or electric blues improve positivity in an energetic way. As a result, these colours are great for home working or workout spaces. You can browse our blog on how to use different shades of blue in interior design for more inspiration.

Dark blue, while still creating an air of positivity, is more in tune with relaxation. With that in mind, consider adding dark blue into the spaces where you relax or enjoy your hobbies.

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Yes to yellow

Yellow is a real standout colour. It’s energetic, vibrant and won’t fail to bring some positivity into your space.

When we exercise, we feel good in ourselves and develop a positive outlook on the world. To enhance your home workout area, use yellows to support any other colours you have to stimulate and encourage you.

Because it’s one of the most quickly identified positive colours on the spectrum, use yellow sparingly around the home to support the established décor.

Mustard cushions and soft golden lamp shades will help add well-placed spots of colour to any room without overpowering you or those you share your space with. You can read more about this wonderful colour and the colours that go well with yellow in our dedicated blog.

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Oodles of orange

For a long time, orange has been used as a minor support colour but by using plenty of it, you can transform your home into a palace of positivity.

Like yellow, orange is a warming colour however it’s even more homely. Working well within multiple colour palettes that include neutral cream shades or greys – and even other prime colours including sage green or navy blue – orange is the great enricher.

Orange is available in a range of shades, and each is a great addition to many fashionable décor trends. From cosy burnt orange through to pinkish corals and peaches, orange will harmonise with a broad variety of other colours to help you to feel refreshed and positive.

Explore our exciting collection of orange Roman blinds, roller blinds and orange curtains; alongside supporting accessories, to find the perfect orange addition to your interior design. 

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Perfection in purple

For centuries, purple has been recognised as positive and calming colour of great power and importance. This well-deserved reputation is somewhat taken from the inherent nature of the tones available, but also of particular purple plants in nature.

Two such tones are – of course – lilac and lavender. Both striking flowers are well known for their calming properties making them great contenders for everything from bubble bath to fabric softener – but the colours can help you feel positive too! Add lavender, lilac; or any other shade of purple, to your décor to enjoy the healing powers of this colour.

What’s more, purple works well with a wide range of materials. Purple velvet is possibly the most majestic of materials, however purple silk, wool, and linen are also striking. A dark purple velvet Roman blind layered with lighter purple wool curtains with a swirling pattern will immediately elevate the style of any home.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed our dip into positive colours and feel confident to boost the positivity of your homes with these striking hues. If this collection of colours however doesn’t work for you, also consider using pinks and white to lend a helping hand to your décor. There are lots of fantastic handmade items in all these colours for you to enjoy – we’ve even made a psychology of colour collection showcasing our favourites.

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