Modern life can cause stress. It’s a fact that many people deal with on a daily basis: work deadlines, parenting struggles and relationship challenges are all in a days work. On the bright side, there is a relatively low-cost and all natural way of handling and combating stress. Flowers have been proven to relieve stress, plus beautify your home or office at the same time. Flowers are not only stress-busters, they evoke feelings of compassion, enthusiasm and energy – giving you a reason to start your day off right. Read on to learn more about how color affects mood and how strategically placed flowers can give you that extra boost when you need it most.
Color is everything!
Although we may not recognize it, we are affected by colors everyday. It is a fact that specific hues and shades of colors stimulate certain emotions – the same goes for flowers. Selecting a color of flowers is important based on your personality. Whether you are the type of person who needs to relax to relieve anxiety or would rather bring to mind feelings of cheerfulness to rid yourself of worries, you need to choose the color of your flowers according:
A warm color that is all about energy and vitality. It can also be used for indicating anger and danger. Since red is the most emotionally intense color, using all red flowers may not be a good idea, depending on whether or not you like the color red. Red flowers can also have positive meanings when used in moderation – love, enthusiasm and exhilaration, all which are perfect for people who need that extra lift of energy sometimes. Red is also perfect for stirring up excitement, especially at night time.
Where to place red flowers: Since red is the color for stirring up excitement, than placing red in a living room or dining room can draw people together and stimulate conversations. In an entryway, red flowers create a strong first impression of your home. Red is usually considered too strong for bedrooms, so use flowers in a dark, intimate setting where the flowers will appear more rich and elegant. The best way to combat stress with red flowers is to place them where you can view them by lamplight to help you feel relaxed and at ease.
A warm color like red, orange represents energy, warmth, balance and vibrancy. Flowers such as roses, tulips and daisies are perfect for emulating spring-like geniality and childlike playfulness. Orange is also a great color for increasing energy levels. Orange flowers are used for bringing out all the emotions you need when starting off your day!
Where to place orange flowers: The warmness of orange flowers can be beneficial in a kitchen or exercise room. Placing flowers in your kitchen can help you boost feelings of compassion and enthusiasm, while giving you the liveliness needed to get though the day. Also, placing orange flowers in your fitness room can provide motivation for these groggy days, since exercise is also a great way to relieve stress.
Associated with sunshine and summer, the color yellow communicates happiness. In chromotherapy, yellow is believed to stimulate nerves and purify the body. Yellow flowers such as tulips, lilies and roses are used to characterize new opportunity and growth. Using yellow flowers in a mixed bouquet can help you achieve feelings of cheerfulness, but be careful not to over do it, for the color yellow is also known to provoke frustration.
Where to place yellow flowers: Yellow flowers are perfect for kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms, where this happy shade is energizing and uplifting. Placing yellow flowers in hallways, entryways and small spaces can make your house feel more open and airy. Using yellow flowers to get rid of stress is most effective in congested, tight areas where yellow flowers will make your home feel more welcoming.
The color of serene, blissful relaxation. The color blue is proven to lower blood pressure and slow respiration and heart rate. Blue is the perfect color for encouraging relaxation and tranquility. Even though blue may be great for resting, hardly any flowers grow naturally blue. Look for flowers such as an iris or rose, that can come in hues of the color blue. “
Where to place blue flowers: To promote relaxation, place blue flowers in bedrooms, bathrooms or dens. Blue flowers are perfect for resting the mind and soothing frustrations after a hard day at work. Lighter shades such as periwinkle, are known to provide calmness, while deeper shades can remind some people of sadness. Stick to softer shades of blue to provide you with comfort.
The color of richness, sophistication and creativity. Depending on how deep the shade, purple can bring about many emotions, such as motivation, fame, power and courage. Lighter shades of purple have a restful quality about them and are good for assuring a good nights sleep.
Where to place purple flowers: Purple flowers often provide the same restful quality of blue, without the chance of feeling “too blue.” Purple flowers are beneficial in bedrooms and bathrooms, where they can promote unwinding, but they also have enough warmth to instil comfort and togetherness. Flowers in any hue of lavender are just right for a luxury evening of letting go of your troubles.
Although white is a neutral, it can have the same emotional impact as any other color. White usually symbolizes purity, cleanliness and innocence. White flowers can bring an airy lightness to any room and can help bring about emotions of spaciousness. If you have an area of your home or office that is crammed and cluttered, placing white flowers there can help beautify the space and provide a much needed break for you from the mess.
Where to place white flowers: Placing white flowers in areas where you generally tend to relax, such as bathrooms or bedrooms, can provide a tranquil and calming air about your space. White flowers have the power to provide a powerful comforting effect on the mind because of it’s “plain” look. Also, placing white flowers such as roses and iris’ in tight spaces can help bring a breath of fresh air into your living area.
Fresh cut flowers in your home can chase away moments of fear, worry, sadness and anxiety. People who regularly live around flowers are found to have less negativity in their thinking and are more active as a result of heightened productivity and energy. Flowers can also be used as a means of connecting and creating new bonds with others, making you less stressed about relationships. Welcome flowers into your life and experience the positive impact on your emotional well being!