Each month, search data shows that over 20,000 of us are looking for more information on the topics of “wellness” or “well-being”. And that figure keeps growing year on year, with Google Trends showing a whopping 147% increase in searches for “well-being” in the past five years, and a 114% increase in searches for “wellness.”
So, how do we get our wellness fix when we’re stuck at home? One way is to create a space that’s filled with positive vibes – using simple decor tips and tricks. According to a survey by YouGov, 15% of people have made a resolution to spruce up their home decor in 2021. After the amount of time we’ve spent at home last year, it’s easy to understand why there’s been a spike in DIY projects and home makeovers.
With this in mind, and with the help from the team at Lick Home, here are the IDEAL colours to paint your home to inspire creativity and wellness.
ADD HARMONY TO YOUR HOME WITH GREENS AND BLUES
When it comes to designing a space that promotes wellness, nature is a crucial element which should be incorporated into the design process at every turn. If you’re missing your outdoor time like so many of us, welcome some of that natural feel-good factor into your homes by bringing in those blues and greens.
Green 03: Dark Faded Green Paint
Known as the colour of harmony and balance, green will bring that feeling of peace into any space of your home. It’s also the colour of nature, and as we’re spending more time indoors right now, adding a few splashes (or licks) of green to your home helps by bringing a bit of the outdoors in.
Lick’s colour experts recommend adding green to your kitchen. Having a green kitchen may subconsciously inspire you to eat more healthily. You could also try green for your home office/whichever room where you choose to park yourself in with your laptop for the day. Green is a restful colour for your eyes, so it’s a good choice for when you need a break from staring at Slack messages.
Blue 07: Dark Inky Blue Paint (with a touch of green)
This moody and mysterious blue is another colour whose presence can help you feel closer to nature. Just like a crisp blue sky can instantly add positive vibes to your day, bringing in some of those cool and calming blues to your home can have the same effect.
With blue, the lighter you go, the more soothing your space will be. Darker blues are more stimulating, so choose to paint those in home office areas for a little mental boost. Pair dark blue walls in an office with bright accents such as Yellow 02 or Orange 02 for best results.
PAINT WITH BRIGHTER COLOURS FOR AN INSTANT INJECTION OF GOOD VIBES
Although painting your home with peppy colours may feel a little scary at first, it really does help to brighten up your mood along with your physical space. Here are some of the brighter Lick paint colours that their specialists recommend for some indoor cheer:
Pink 03: Muted Bubble Gum Pink
We love this colour; it’s quite, comforting and oh so pretty. Unassuming and nurturing, it also brings some seriously feel good energy with it – the type that says ”everything will be ok”. Whilst not actually as bubblegum as the name suggests, this millennial shade can make any space feel creative with a stroke of carefree thrown in for good measure.
Orange 02: Mid orange with a Touch of Brown
Orange is a stimulating colour that has a vibrant look and ‘feel’. The addition of orange into a room brings new life and a sense of joy. It’s another great choice for your home office space, helping to keep you energised as you hop from one Zoom meeting to the next. However, if a space is too orange and on the brighter end of the spectrum, then you might feel like you’ve just walked into a room designed by Sainsbury’s marketing team; approach such shades with caution.
This orange is earthy, rich, warm and wholesome. Reminiscent of a terracotta pot, the brown tones bring down the energy levels, making it more feel all the more sophisticated. Moreover, this Terracotta orange reminds us of the popular Mediterranean interior design style, evoking a relaxing sensibility which is good for the mind and soul.
Yellow 02: Warm Yellow with Reddish Undertones
Just looking at this colour makes us feel like we’re basking in the sun in summertime. An uplifting and mood-boosting colour, Lick recommend using the sunny Yellow 02 to add small pops of pep around your home. For instance, you could paint your favourite chair yellow, or even just the legs of your kitchen table.
LICK’S TOP TIPS
- It’s important to remember that you never see colour in isolation, e.g. it’s never just a grey wall. It’s a grey wall with a plant and some cushions. Its surroundings is how it influences the way we feel. It’s the combination of colours that inspire positivity and wellness in a home, rather than just the one colour.”
- Work with multiple paint colours to find combinations that can work together to impact your mood in a positive way. For instance, add in green with your plants and place them against a wall painted in the soft and nurturing Pink 01. This way, you’re getting the positive benefits of both those colours, creating a more inspiring space that you’re okay with being temporarily locked down in.
THE BOTTOM LINE
We’re big believers in the power of colour psychology and the impact that the shades we surround ourselves with can have on our mood and emotions. As we’re in the midst of our third lockdown, let’s take a look at how to use colour to transform our home into a space that will inspire wellness and positivity to get us through and make us a little bit happier on a day-to-day basis.