Although preferring one color instead of another may seem totally subjective, a large study conducted by papermaker G.F. Smith with the University of Sussex proves otherwise. The authors of the study found that greens and blues were the most popular colors overall, and after further analysis, were able to pinpoint an explanation for this trend. When people look at these colors—specifically navy blue—their heart rate physically lowers, creating a feeling of calm and relaxation, Mindbodygreen reports.
To come to this conclusion, researchers began by polling more than 26,000 participants from 100 countries about their favorite colors over a four-month period in 2017. Participants submitted their favorite color, as well as an explanation for why they believed they were drawn to the specific hue. Although the results included just about every color imaginable, it was blues and greens that came out on top, with a shade of blueish green called Marrs Green earning the title of world's favorite color. This isn't exactly surprising, considering that one of the first color surveys ever conducted back in 1893 at the Chicago World's Fair also found that blue was the favorite color of respondents, MBG points out.
After discovering that a majority of participants had an affinity for shades of blue and green, researchers dove deeper into their analysis to find out why that may be. Professor of psychology at the University of Sussex, Anna Franklin, one of the authors of the study, notes that many studies have investigated the link between color and emotion.
"First, the more saturated the color is, the more it is associated with excitement and stimulation," she says. "Second, the lighter the color, the more it is associated with calmness and relaxation," the professor continues. According to her, many studies have also found that blue and green, specifically, are associated with feeling calm and relaxed.
So if you're looking to add some soothing décor to your home, you may want to consider utilizing blues and greens to create a calming sanctuary fit for ultimate relaxation. Keep scrolling to shop a few pieces sure to make your space feels utterly tranquil.
Can you think of anything more soothing than coming home to this light shade of sage green in your bedroom each night? The cotton percale duvet cover is an affordable piece from Zara Home that will turn any bedroom into a relaxing retreat.
Artwork is a surefire way to transform just about any space in your home. Hang this blue and white composition inspired by Niagara Falls in the hall, entryway, bathroom, or bedroom for a captivatingly cool piece of décor.
Make even the tiniest of bathrooms feel like a luxurious spa with this simple upgrade. The stoneware soap dispenser comes in a serene shade of green that would look striking in an all-white space with other green and blue details.
Toss this round velvet pillow in a deep blue hue on the sofa or the bed. Looking at the color will make you feel instantly at ease.
Add some calming vibes to your kitchen with this small iridescent carafe that features just a hint of green. It's perfect for serving up water or even a batch cocktail to guests.
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