Did you know that the human eye is able to distinguish more shades of green than any other colour? This is believed to be related to our early ancestors’ reliance upon the colour green to locate a source of water and food: in short it represents life and is profoundly, subliminally reassuring.
Green is the colour of spring; of tree buds and plant shoots; renewal and rebirth. It strikes the human eye in such a way as to require no adjustment of the brain and is deeply restful, serving to create equilibrium between head and heart. We talk of moving on to greener pastures, implying a journey to somewhere with more potential. A green traffic light means….go!
Green is a combination of yellow (the colour of the sun, said to endow mental clarity and optimism) and blue (the colour of a cloudless sky and water, which imbues in us emotional calm and insight.) It is the colour of ideas. Outdoor enthusiasts already know the surge of creativity to be felt whilst enjoying being out in nature. Albert Einstein, who was well known for his fondness of a good yomp whilst refining his thoughts, once said “Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.”
Not that many of us are likely to come up with anything so enlightening as the Theory of Relativity, but scientists have found that exposure to greenery is good for our mental health and general well-being: it is calming and restorative and gives us an emotional lift. In turn, happiness broadens our thought-action repertoire and benefits us physically, intellectually, socially and psychologically.
Many of us do not have the luxury of time to head out for a long hike each time our ideas come in short supply; but just having a view of nature, of living greenery, can keep our creativity flowing. A Garden Escape home office, with its floor to ceiling windows and bi-folding doors, will not only bathe you in natural light but will also immerse you in the green of your garden. Whether you work permanently from home, or are one of the many whose employers recognise the benefits of allowing their employees to work away from the distractions of the office some of the time, an inspiring work space can boost your creative potential and allow you to be the best that you can.
It will also give you the opportunity to tune into the sound of the birds, who are currently singing the joys of spring from dawn till dusk. It is International Dawn Chorus Day on Sunday 4th….a little excuse (if one were needed) to take a moment or two to appreciate how amazing nature is. And if you are reading this, sat in a space that is lacking either green, birdsong or inspiration, maybe a quick click and listen might lift your spirits.