An Outside idea from Danielle Beeken : Use colour to ramp up your positivity

Hello, fellow Oi’ers,

As an Oi newbie, I can already see the benefits of being part of a supportive tribe of business owners, but I have no clear vision yet as to what I can personally bring to the table of great value. I am sure Peter will sort that out, he strikes me as a happy, if not silly, cheerleader – I refer to the gestures he gets 50 or more people to do in unison at 7.30 am in the morning – impressive! My gym trainers could do with a few tips from him.  However, if you want help with designing your home or office, I have loads to offer.

Here’s a little nugget of holistic interior designer’s wisdom that may help you today. 

It’s not ground-breaking news that colour can affect our thinking, brand strategists and marketers have used colour to positive effect for years, but did you know you can ramp up your own positivity and productivity at work simply by surrounding yourself with colours that align with your needs and task at hand, and that this can vary throughout the day?  Don’t worry, you don’t need to get out the decorating kit just yet.  Try this out – next time you are struggling to get clarity with something, find an object nearby in a light, clear blue (the sky if you’re not in the UK), focus on the colour and, a little like mindfulness, let your thoughts go for a few moments.  Then go back to the challenge and see if this has helped.  If you are feeling a little tired, you might need a stronger, richer blue to stimulate your mind a little deeper. Test it out and let me know how you go. 

For more interesting reading, The Little Book of Colour by Karen Haller is brilliant. It succinctly outlines how to use the psychology of colour in all aspects of our lives. I expect to see a rainbow of colours on my screen at the next Oi meet.

If you want to delve a little deeper into the many aspects of holistic and biophilic interior design, give me a shout.  

Danielle Beeken
Studio B Interior Design


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