Kandinsky believed that colour could put viewers in touch with their spiritual selves - yellow disturbed a person, while blue set off potent spiritual aspirations. Kandinsky was definitely onto something - colour psychology is a flourishing research area and impacts our daily life without us even realising.
At Nolii, colour is an intrinsic part of our design process and DNA. With our worlds shrinking and control of our surroundings vital during the pandemic, these are the colour switches that could boost your emotional health.
Monochromatic white has been in vogue for aeons, signalling freshness, youth and modernity. But analysis has shown that uniform whiteness can lead to boredom. Holding our attention spans for a shorter time than colourful spaces, all-white-everything sends us deeper into our thoughts and separates us from our surroundings. The answer? Mix it up by adding a range of colour and texture to neutral bases. After all, people who work in enriched environments - think artwork, plants and splashes of colour - are 15% more productive than those who don’t.
Ever wondered why most energy drinks are zingy orange? It’s certainly not by coincidence - just looking at the colour is enough to jolt your systems awake. It increases oxygen supply to the brain, stimulates mental activity and preps you to, well, get shit done. No wonder exam rooms are often orange-accented. Best in small doses, this is the ideal energy-boosting shade to set as your phone or laptop background. Who needs Lucozade anyway?
Amid frenzied modern life, green transports us to nature - lush wetlands, rolling hills, dense rainforests - the sort of escapism we’ve desperately needed of late. Proven to reduce stress and anxiety, it’s also the kindest to our eyes. Boundless scientific evidence and biophilic design thinking prove that a space filled with plants and flowers benefits mind and body - but astoundingly, simply looking at images of greenery is enough to bring calm.
Feeling creatively blocked? Blue provokes an approach-based, exploratory motivational state, which is conducive to creating. As well as getting your creative juices flowing, blue helps you complete intellectual tasks with a high cognitive load. Amp up your intake of naturally blue-tinged daylight - yes, those walks really do work - and use a blue light therapy app on your phone, with the brightness turned up high.