If you’re currently spending every waking hour at home, it can be mentally hard to differentiate working spaces from those intended for relaxation.
The easiest way to do this is with colour, which has the ability to affect our mood and create a particular feeling in any space.
‘By changing colour in separate areas of the home, it can trigger a response when we move from one room into another,’ explains Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux colour and communications manager. ‘It can be as simple as using a deep blue on the wall behind our monitor (where we stare at our screen all day), and when moving into our relaxing mode, changing the colour in the living room to a soothing green such as Dulux Pale Sage.’
To help trigger positive vibes in your home, Dulux has developed the following project guide to creating mindful zones. The company has also recently teamed up with not-for-profit meditation app Smiling Mind to channel mindfulness into schools, by developing tools and resources to support ‘physical’ mindful spaces.
‘The creation of a dedicated space through the use of Dulux Colour helps schools reinforce and practice mental health habits to better support children and build resilience in the classroom,’ says Christina Earls, Dulux colour marketing manager.
Colour us inspired!
Gentle earth-based greens make us feel relaxed and connected to nature – ideal for creating a dedicated yoga zone in your home, even if it’s just a corner of your living area.
Andrea recommends choosing a soft green such as Dulux Pale Tendril, with a crisp white like Dulux Lexicon® Half on trims. Add in touches of grounding clay colours for a sense of flow.
‘Soft colours drawn from nature are known to soothe the mind and promote a sense of wellbeing – just what we need during these challenging times,’ Andrea says. ‘You can use these gentle tones to create quiet, mindfulness zones within your home where you or the kids can switch off and calm the mind.’
Keep the look simple and clutter-free with pale timbers, natural textures, and indoor plants. Then roll out the yoga mat, light a candle, breathe deeply, and relax.