Marcia Blake outlines color, light and texture trends
The quest for wellness has become a major part of the way we design homes. Glen Raven/Sunbrella Merchandising Manager explored that trend during a session in the Watermark Living showroom at High Point Market.
Blake shared how color, light and texture can impact our personal well-being. She highlighted several colors and how they affect the human body.
“Sky blue evokes emotion and freedom of self-expression,” she said. “It also gives you that sense of balance, so it’s good for outdoors.”
Other colors that promote calm and stress relief include green, royal blue and brown. Conversely, colors like pink and red stimulate and excite.
Blake also pointed out how light—particularly blue light—can affect our brains and sleeping patterns.
“The color and intensity of light controls the secretions of hormones like melatonin and seratonin, controlling our circadian rhythms,” she explained, noting that blue light simulates the effect of the daytime sky, keeping us awake.
Texture is another important component of designs that promote wellness. Blake used the Hygge trend to illustrate how textures create a sense of comfort in homes.
“Nothing exudes cozy like a boucle, chenille or chunky knit,” she said. “And thanks to technology, those textures are possible in performance fabrics.”
Blake concluded by explaining that to build these wellness-inducing designs, it’s critical for designers to immerse themselves in the sensory experience they’re trying to create for their clients. “There’s nothing more valuable for designers than to get out from behind our screens to get that full experience.”