Decorating your home with shades of blue might be the answer to living a stress-free, tranquil life. Here’s why.
It’s not surprising that the colour of the ocean and the sky is a perennial favourite when it comes to home decorating. Blue is, quite simply, beautiful and the appeal goes far beyond its pretty face. Numerous studies have pointed towards substantial benefits to the mind and body when you surround yourself with soothing colours, and blue is the reigning hue.
If you feel like time is speeding up and you’re always searching for a moment to catch your breath, you’re not alone. Most of us live incredibly fast-paced lives, with technology ensuring we never truly disconnect from the world long enough to de-stress and experience tranquillity. At one end of the spectrum, this results in minor levels of anxiety, impatience and frustration. However, if we don’t make it a priority to unplug from the rat race, health issues often follow.
On top of making time for exercise, eating well, holidays and getting enough sleep, colour psychology might just be the way forward to finding inner peace. The term refers to studies based on how colours have the power to affect our moods and emotions. This is easy to prove to yourself, by taking a moment to acknowledge how you feel in the presence of certain shades. For example, bright red might give you a burst of energy, which is great for motivation. However, if you’re already feeling stressed, it could increase your breathing rates all the more, or signify danger. Blue, on the other hand, is shown to help lower breathing rates, slow down metabolism and reduce blood pressure. Such is the power of soothing colours.