What Color Is Good For Health?
Green is in general a calming and relaxing color. Being the color that represents nature, it’s one that makes us feel good and positive. ‘The poet and philosopher Goethe used to describe 'green' as a useful color, a good color to have around,’ explains Francesca Wezel, founder of Francesca’s Paints.
Green hues from olive to emerald, through to chartreuse and sage and on to juniper and seafoam – bring serenity to a space, so are ideal for living areas and bedrooms to promote rest and relaxation, says Jane Rockett of Rockett St George. And as they aren’t overpowering or overwhelming, they can make a small room seem more spacious as well as increase our health and well-being.
What Does The Color Green Symbolize?
Often described by color psychologists as a non-threatening color, the color green symbolizes calmness, serenity, and tranquillity, making it a wonderful choice if you hope to reduce stress and anxiety in humans. Fresh, cool green can create a relaxing atmosphere in any room. 'It is associated with nature, outdoors, growth and creativity and, as it is such an organic shade, it is very easy to live with,' says Charlotte Crosby, head of creative, Farrow & Ball. 'The important thing is to pair whatever hue you choose with the right accent color to create a feeling of flow throughout a room.' 'One important thing to remember when choosing a healing color scheme is that there is no "one size fits all" rule,' says Karen Haller, color psychology specialist, teacher, and best-selling author of The Little Book of Color. 'Cultural differences, past experiences, and emotions can play a significant role in how people perceive color.'
1. Up Your Green Credentials
Bringing the outdoors in by having green walls in your home is always a good idea; the nod to nature will create a calm atmosphere however busy the space, so integrating the color into a well-used sitting room works just as well as in a spa-style bathroom. Greens are also said to inspire creativity, making them ideal for a home office.
2. Enhance Vitality With A Green Entryway
Green is a great choice for an entryway – particularly one that offers views of the garden beyond. ‘If you think of the color green in the backyard, it’s the backdrop for the whole setting – the foliage, grass, and trees,’ explains Emma Deterding, founder and creative director of Kelling Designs. ‘You can see how any color will go with it. But in an entrance, it adds a freshness and provides a base from which personality can shine through, setting the tone for the rest of the home.’
3. Team Green With Stress-Reducing Blue
‘People often feel nervous about teaming blue and green, but I believe it’s a quintessential pairing,' says Tricia Guild, founder, and creative director, Designers Guild. 'Just imagine the landscape – the endless blue optimism of a summer sky against a green and pleasant land. It’s a classic combination that evokes familiarity and comfort.'
4. Pair Nature's Palette With Natural Materials
One of the most desired color trends, green kitchens are perfect for those wanting to reconnect with nature. With its calm, earthy feel, green works beautifully in any room of the house, especially when complemented with natural stone and wood elements. Its versatility also makes it a wonderful addition to just about any other paint color.