It’s springtime so open your front door or simply gaze out the window and what color do you see? Unless you look up, chances are you’re seeing the color Green – Nature’s very own! Yep, springtime is the perfect season to witness Nature’s predominant color in its entire splendor. And with all the feel good vibes that come with the green of spring, it’s no wonder that the color Green itself has positive emotional impact.
A secondary color on the color spectrum, Green is a blend of the primary colors of Yellow and Blue. Green symbolizes Health, Well-being, Prosperity and Life. Green is the color most favored by people in the helping and healing fields.
The psychology of Green
As I wrote in my post, The Power Of Color, the use of color is a form of non-verbal communication. The color choices you make in your space greatly impact it and as I discussed in the post, colors not only symbolize certain feelings, they have the power to evoke certain feelings as well.
Studies have shown that Green has its own effects on us. For example, using green creates a calming and soothing atmosphere. Here are some other effects Green has on us:
- Helps to alleviate Depression
- Reduces Anxiety
- Reduces Fear
- Nurtures us
- Fills us with a sense of balance and harmony
It’s no wonder that many hospitals and medical establishments use Green as the color of choice for walls and fabrics!
Several people I know infuse shades of green in their own homespaces. Oddly enough they are all in the medical field! My childhood friend, Julie has soft sage walls in her dining room and splashes of green throughout her entire homespace. A dedicated nurse and a person full of compassion for others, I’m not the least bit surprised that she loves Green. Then there’s my dear friend Jolie. She uses the color Green in her homespace and her office is furnished with beautiful green sofas and club chairs. Immediately upon walking into her office you feel a sense of peace and calm – important for anyone that seeks out her medical expertise. Last but not less, one of my niece’s, Jackie uses green in her home décor as well. And yep, she’s also in the medical field- she’s a speech pathologist and in her personal life she’s always smiling, always upbeat and one that couldn’t hurt a fly!
So knowing that these three wonderfully caring individuals are drawn to the color Green gives me pause to consider the question of the chicken and the egg – you know, which came first? Did a childhood love of green subconsciously draw each of them into career paths of helping and healing or vice versa? Now, stay on the path of connecting the color Green with how we act and react and that flat brings out the wanna be psychologist in me and makes me say…
Go green in your space
Infuse the color Green in your homespace. After all, if green can have positive effects on us, for heavens sake, we all should consciously incorporate it into our decor. There are a myriad of ways you can do this without going over the top or ignoring the color palette that truly speaks to you such as incorporating it into throw pillows and accessories, but the easiest and for me the absolute best way to add the color Green to your space is with living plants. Bringing green into your homespace in such a natural way by far changes the energy of your space – not to mention the health of your space (as discussed in a post, Top Twelve Best Indoor Plants For Purifying The Air).
Live green in your space
In recent years it has become the politically correct thing to go green by physically caring more for our environment in ways such as reducing water usage, reducing electrical usage, reducing gas consumption and of course, by recycling all that we can. Our planet and humanity just cannot keep handling all our excesses, uses and abuses. Every day the news gives us more ideas of how to physically care more for our environment. But as a decorator and a homespace coach, what I call a “psychologist of the home”, I cannot stress enough the importance of psychologically caring more for our environment, what I call “living green”. By going green in our home décor, we live green by reducing anxiety, feeling calmer, more peaceful and relaxed. By going green we live green and can more easily live in perfect harmony within ourselves as well as with greater mankind.
Living green connects us to Nature
Richard Louv, author of the book, Last Child in the Woods and his most recent book, The Nature Principle, has some very compelling thoughts on the importance of nature in our lives. He calls Nature the best tonic we can find and says,
“The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.”
I emphatically agree with Mr. Louv and have learned this for myself. There’s no better medicine for me than to get outdoors and connect with Nature. That’s why I also know firsthand the importance of bringing nature indoors as much as possible and so I highly recommend that everyone do this. By infusing shades of green in our décor theme, we subconsciously connect to Nature. It’s just that simple.
Early this morning I walked five miles at the park. I was overwhelmed with the panoramic view of green around me. With many of the trees in varying degrees of sprouting new leaves, the shades of green seemed endless. I felt like Julie Andrew’s character, Maria in The Sound of Music as I realized my arms began stretching out to encompass the beauty surrounding me. No, I can’t sing, but I sure come alive surrounded in green!
To living green…