Posted on January 17, 2023.
The beginning of the year is the perfect time for a fresh start, and for many, this means reinventing the space around them with a lick of paint. Color is integral not only to the styling of a room but ultimately how your home makes you feel. In 2023, Lick’s director of interior design Tash Bradley predicts a deeper connection with nature.
With a degree in color psychology, Tash explained that the color of a room isn’t just about what’s in vogue. “The power that color can have on someone and the way that it can transform a space and the way that it can really influence like how you feel really resonated with me,” she told Express.co.uk. And it seems trending color palettes are mirroring the way in which many of us are choosing to live.
She predicts “slow colors” to be a key trend in every room of the home. "The world is moving away from fast pace and fast fashion,” she said. “Redecorating your house, every six months - no one’s going to do that. It’s very much about like finding a color palette that will last.”
At Lick, she has compiled a palette of eight colors that she feels “really capture the feeling of 2023”. Tash added: “It’s connecting you to nature and being very grounded. This sustainable slow living that people are moving towards."
From this palette, however, there is one shade in particular that people move towards time and time again, and one which is ideal for those hesitant about incorporating a bolder color scheme into their home. “In every study we do, it's always green,” she said. “The color that just always is at the top is emerald green.
“People love it and it's also what I call ‘nature’s neutral’. It’s always going to work. It pretty much goes in pairs with every other color. It's such a lovely, safe option when people are a bit nervous to bring color into their homes. Green is just honestly where I guide people to go towards.”
One of the bonuses of green is that it can be combined with countless other colors, and brings a calming feel to a room.
“It goes really well white, beige, pink, like any color, it complements but it's just got a lovely feel to It's very calming,” Tash explained. “Your eye doesn't have to adjust to the color green. So it makes it incredibly restful.”
There is a science behind why green works so well for so many people too. This is partially down to the wavelength of light it takes to evoke the color, which sits roughly between 496 and 570. Some scientists and researchers also believe that because our eyes are at the peak of their perception to detect the wavelengths corresponding with the color green, the shade may calm us down.