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Colour psychology: how colour affects our emotions

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WordsMaha Elley


Monday blues are said to reach an all-time high on the third Monday of January every year, AKA Blue Monday. Said to be the gloomiest day of the year, what is it that makes this specific Monday more depressing than any other Monday? Well, it’s the perfect storm of post-Christmas financial pressure, failing New Year’s resolutions and dreary January weather. Oh, and there’s the fact that the much-loved festive season is suddenly behind us.

So, how do you stay motivated and inject some cheer into the ‘saddest’ day of the year? At Lick, we’re big believers in the power that colour can have on your mood. Read on to discover 5 simple ways to make your Blue Monday a little less, well, blue by adding hints of uplifting colour into your space. 

Colour psychology: how do colours affect our emotions?

Naturally, we turned to our Lead colour specialist Tash for answers. 

On the relationship between colours and emotions, Tash explains: “In psychological terms, colour is emotion. Colour has a specific influence on us on all levels: mentally, emotionally and physically. And colour psychology can help us to understand how colour can influence our mood, our behaviour, how we feel about ourselves and how we interact with others.” 

She went on to elaborate on how it works, “When light strikes the human eye the wavelengths are converted into electronic pulses. These impulses pass to the Hypothalamus (where the emotion comes from) creating an emotional response.”

So, what does colour psychology tell us?

Colour psychology can help us to understand how colour can influence our mood, our behaviour, how we feel about ourselves and how we interact with others.

Tash Bradley

So, how can you make colour psychology work in your favour? Bring vibrant, energising colours into your home! Surrounding yourself with uplifting colours can have a positive impact on your mental health. Get inspired by these colourful bedroom and living room ideas and start bringing some energy into your living environment. A little less stress and more zen can improve our physical health too, boosting our energy and giving us healthier skin. Just ask DeMamiel founder Annee DeMamiel, who shares her tips on how to deal with stress and how it can affect our skin & body. Sign us up.

Here are a few easy ways to bring mood-boosting colours into your life through interior design: 

Boost your mood with some colourful flowers

Flowers are a super quick, easy (and cheap) way to add some instant colour to your space. You don’t need a big fancy floral arrangement, just pop down to your local supermarket and grab yourself a small, fresh bouquet of whatever strikes your fancy. 

For a vibrant vibe, opt for pinks, oranges and yellows. Or you could work with the colours of your soft furnishing and walls and use your flowers to accentuate the colour scheme of a room.