Some days a pop of colour might be all it takes to go from feeling irritable and out of sorts to bursting at the seams with energy. Scientists have found that colours can have a psychological effect on us, vibrant reds increase self-confidence and boost spirits, while bright blues evoke a sense of calmness. Researchers at the University of Essex in Britain, have found colours not only affect our mood but our memory, mental agility, reaction times and level of strength. Test participants who were shown bright colours scored up to twenty-five percent higher in tests of mental agility over those who were shown only grey and beige shades. Hand-eye coordination also increased when viewing cheerful colour. “This shows that prescribing yourself a dose of colour could not only prove the perfect antidote to seasonal blues, it could also make you smarter and better able to remember things,” said lead researcher, Duncan Smith.
The Psychology of Colour and How It Makes Us Feel
Blue: calm, serene, cool, focused, satisfied
Red: warm, excited, energetic, romantic, intense
Green: natural, calm, cool, harmonious, tranquil
Purple: sophisticated, exotic, wise, spiritual, mysterious
Yellow: happy, warm, hungry, optimistic, cheerful
Orange: energetic, excited, enthused, stimulated
From the latest NORO Collection, here is a technicolor prescription for cloudy days-
From Noro NOW! by Jenny Watson, a sweeping spectrum of vibrant hues adds gusto to this cable detail waistcoat. Knit in Odori, a bulky weight combo of silk, angora, and wool in six knock-your-socks-off colourways. Col #9 (shown above).
Show off your true colours with this trendy shoulder bag knit in Taiyo, a dreamy mishmash of cotton, silk, and wool in an aran weight. Check out eight new colourways that will rival any box of crayons. Col #37 (shown above).
From the Noro Collection, Volume 31, a riot of colour in a summery vest, and surprisingly quick to knit in a simple basketweave stitch. An ideal topper over a crisp white shirt. Knit in Taiyo by Noro. Col #17 (shown above).
Looking for a nifty gift idea? Knit a pair of cottage slipper socks from Jenny Watson’s Mini Knits Three, in Noro’s ever-popular Silk Garden Sock, a blend of kid mohair, silk, and lambswool in eight zesty choices. Col #304 (shown above).
A cheery capelet to cover the shoulders is knit in Taiyo’s sherbet shading from Jenny Watson. If you haven’t viewed her entire collection of designs in Mini Knits Three, its chock full of inspiration for fun weekend knitting projects. Col #11 (shown above).