The Impact of Green in Sensory Design

As an expert in interiors and sensory design, I’ve always believed that colour holds extraordinary power in shaping our environments. Colour isn’t just a visual experience; it interacts with our senses, emotions, and even our physical well-being. In the realm of sensory design, the careful selection of colours can transform a space, making it not just aesthetically pleasing but also comfortable comfortable from a sensory perspective. This mindful approach ensures that every hue contributes to a balanced and harmonious atmosphere, enhancing both mood and comfort.

Scientists and researchers have long been interested in the calming effect of the colour green on humans. It’s believed that our eyes are particularly sensitive to wavelengths associated with green, which may lead to reduced strain and a soothing effect on the nervous system when perceiving this colour.

This phenomenon could explain why green is often prevalent in environments where relaxation and focus are desired, such as hospitals, schools, and workspaces. Historically, actors and actresses used to retreat to “green rooms” backstage to relax their eyes after being exposed to bright stage lights, although modern green rooms are not necessarily painted green anymore. Just like walking through a forest or sitting in a peaceful park, the presence of green instantly brings a sense of peace and relaxation. This is precisely the effect we aim to achieve within our homes.

The Green Sofa: A Bold Yet Harmonious Statement for Your Home

Introducing green into your home can be done in many ways. While paint and wallpaper are obvious choices, furniture can also play a pivotal role. Green sofas, in particular, offer a bold yet harmonious statement that can anchor a room with a sense of calm.

When selecting a green sofa, consider the emotional impact of different shades. A rich emerald can add luxury and depth, making it ideal for a statement piece in the living room. Soft sage, on the other hand, brings a subtle and soothing touch, perfect for creating a tranquil environment in a reading nook or bedroom. Deep forest hues can provide a grounding effect, adding a touch of nature’s tranquillity to your space.

Beyond aesthetics, think about the tactile experience. Velvet, linen, or cotton can all offer different sensory experiences that enhance the overall feel of your home. The texture of the fabric plays a crucial role in how inviting and comfortable your sofa will be, so it’s important to determine what materials work for your unique preferences.

Our Round-Up of the Best Green Sofas

  1. The Classic Chesterfield: For a touch of timeless elegance, a deep green Chesterfield sofa is unbeatable. Its tufted design and luxurious fabric make it a standout piece that brings a sense of grandeur and calm.

2. The Modern Minimalist: If you lean towards a contemporary look, a pale green sofa with a minimalist design can offer both comfort and style. Its understated presence allows it to blend seamlessly into any décor while providing a gentle, soothing influence. The fuss-free linen fabric feels soft to the touch, adding to its calming effect.


3. The Velvet Dream: This velvet sofa adds a layer of opulence and cosiness to a room. Their plush texture and vibrant colour create an inviting space to unwind and relax.


4. The Cosy Corner: A more compact sofa in a green ochre shade can be the perfect choice for smaller spaces or a more intimate setting. It adds a pop of colour without overwhelming the space, making it ideal for cosy nooks and reading corners.


5. The Eclectic Mix: If your sensory preference is a bit of character and whimsy, consider pairing your green sofa with fun styling. Whether it’s floral, geometric, or abstract, this is a simple way to add a unique touch of personality and creativity to your living room.


6. Sensory Appeal:

Sensory design involves a blend of colours, shapes, and materials. Positive sensory experiences, especially through touch, can soothe the central nervous system. Simple design elements, such as the soft curves of a sofa or round cushions, encourage touch and provide comfort. Unlike square cushions, round ones, like those on the Izzie sofa, naturally invite people to pick them up and cuddle.


7. Nature

To infuse a sense of woodland and nature into your home, complement your green sofa with wooden side tables, rattan lighting, and lush greenery. Add earthy-toned cushions, woven rugs, and nature-inspired storage to enhance the natural vibe. Incorporate glass and ceramic accessories for a harmonious, organic feel.


Image credits: 1. Stirling Midi sofa in Cotton Velvet Rainforest, £3,444, Darling of Chelsea. 2. Henry Large Sofa in Scandi Linen Sencha, £3,295, Arlo & Jacob. 3. Hector, Large Sofa in Caprini Dragonfly, £3,245, Arlo & Jacob. 4. Hugo Large Sofa in Fuse Ochre, £3,195, Arlo & Jacob. 5 Baltimore Sofa in velvet, £449.99, Furniture And Choice. 6. Izzie 4-seater sofa in Forest Green Boucle, £999, DFS. 7. Carlisle Left Hand Facing 3 Corner 1 in Moss, £2,099, French Connection available exclusively at DFS.


Pippa Jameson is the founder of The Sensory Home and an expert in interiors and sensory design. Her passion for creating harmonious living spaces that cater to all senses has made her a leading voice in the field.

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