How you can beat the blues with yellow, green… and blue at intu Derby

intu Derby brings together artists, psychologists and designers to create ‘light houses’ to boost the moods of its shoppers.

New research has revealed that people can help beat the blues with yellow, green…and blue. A study by intu, owner of some of the country’s most popular shopping centres including intu Derby, looking at the happiness and wellbeing effects of colour found that yellow makes us happiest, with blue and green helping to ease anxiety. Combinations of soft blue, pink and green were found to make us up to twice as happy than normal.

intu brought together colour psychologists, light artists and designers to help boost the mood and wellbeing of the nation by creating three glowing ‘light houses’ featuring colour combinations proven to make visitors feel happier, calmer or more energised.

The Light House Experience launches at intu Derby on 24 February. Each light house is free to experience and aims to use the psychological benefits of colour to help improve the wellbeing of visitors as part of intu’s pledge to make its visitors happier.

The Happy, Calm and Energise houses feature different colour effects to evoke three different emotions including happiness when walking into a rainbow, calmness when sitting in a silent soft blue-lit room and an energy boost when walking through a glowing, neon-orange charged room.

Those involved in The Light House Experience include light artist Liz West, whose work is focused on using colour to positively influence moods, psychologist and colour expert June McLeod and eight designers who spent three months turning conceptual colour designs into colour-changing houses.

The Light House Experience launches at intu Derby on Monday 24 February and will visit 12 other intu centres around the country including intu Trafford Centre, intu Metrocentre and intu Braehead.

Follow #ColourMyMood for updates or go to intu.co.uk/light-house to check when it is coming to an intu shopping centre near you.
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