Colour-Infused Spaces Aid Mental Wellbeing
Designers are increasingly exploring colour psychology and the profound effects it can have on how we think and feel. These two inspiring examples demonstrate how the transformative power of colour can be harnessed within spaces to heighten our sense of wellbeing and brighten our moods.
- Colour-Washed Illumination: The gleaming white, minimalist Rombo IV residence in Mexico City becomes flooded with ambient coloured lighting at night. Bright blue, orange, pink and purple shades blend into each other and cast a visually stimulating prismatic glow that extends from within the house to the windows.
Introducing colour at night gives occupants a new experience of the building, where every room can optimise visitors’ moods; for example, by soothing or energising with warm or cool gradients.
Reflective surfaces throughout the space, such as water ponds and mirror-polished finishes, further promote contemplation and a sense of tranquillity. The dreamlike abode was designed by Mexico City-based architectural studio Miguel Angel Aragonés.
- Circadian Light Effects: Royal College of Art graduate William Wang has installed a mental health emergency unit in London’s Charing Cross Hospital. It features an integrated lighting system to help reduce symptoms and stabilise patients faster.
As mental healthcare conditions are often exacerbated by a lack of connection to daylight and other daily rhythms, Wang’s lighting installation uses carefully developed colours and projections that mirror the sky’s natural movements and gradients from day to night, thus supporting the body’s circadian rhythm.
Crisis: Wellbeing in the Emergency Department was shortlisted for the UK’s Design in Mental Health Awards 2019.
As consumers look for more ways to rebalance their minds to counteract the stresses of modern living, exploiting colours’ psychological benefits will become increasingly important. See Healing Colour within our Look Ahead 2019: Colour & Materials for more.