Whether you’re standing in a vibrant park, packed full of lush, green grass, or you’re wandering around the hallways of an art gallery – our surroundings have a profound impact on our emotions. It’s part of human nature, and as we learn to interact with the environments around us, we also become accustomed to how certain design elements can contribute to the way we feel – and colour is a big part of this.
Ultimately, the way our brains perceive colour is a major discussion point in human psychology. It’s even something that many people study, in terms of emotional and mental connections. But even if you’re not one for sitting down and opening a book on it all, learning how to reap the benefits of colour psychology can be done in the comfort of your own home – and without much fuss.
How to incorporate colour psychology with flowers
Floral arrangements are a great way to initiate the benefits of colour psychology, mostly because they’re an accessible way to create those healthy balances. However, there are certain ways you can invoke various emotions, all based on the way you choose to design your arrangement or the colours you choose to include. Here are a few types that are worth reading up on.
If you’re looking to increase strong urges, feelings or emotions, warmer colours are the best pathway to take. Oranges, reds and yellows are known to ignite feelings like positivity and happiness. Particularly, red is often connected with romance, while yellow is that nifty hue you see around mentions of bliss or joy. Encouraging positivity in a certain space can easily be done by including these colours in your arrangement.
Flower types to use here:
- Red roses, lilies or amaryllis blooms: To invoke feelings of love and passion.
- Orange dahlias, marigolds and ranunculus: Enhance vibrancy, playfulness and ability to overcome challenges. Provides extra energy to space.
- Yellow daffodils, garden roses or sunflowers: Ignite friendliness, feelings of happiness and a sense of warmth.
If you need a touch of serenity or feel you need support towards creating calmness, cool colours are the best way to do it. Pick out blooms that promote an even balance between these two emotions. A great way to do this is by opting for green shades, which is known for its ability to create vibes of peace and tranquillity. Experts have long claimed it causes less strain on the eyes so opting for plenty of foliage around your home is the ultimate step to take.
Shades of blues are also likened to calming hues, allowing for a number of potential health benefits, including:
- Ability to slow down the respiratory system;
- Lower blood pressure;
- Decrease stress.
Flowers to use here:
- Green mums, hydrangeas or succulents: Boost ‘freshness’ to your space and create lively energy that’s perfect for all occasions.
- Blue irises, blue delphiniums or morning glories: Create a sense of calmness and the feeling of a safe, soothing space. Often used for a get well gift for this reason.
- Purple lilacs, orchids and tulips: Empower creativity and celebrate milestones with this popular colour.
What’s your favourite arrangement?