Alleviate Anxiety With Adult Colouring Books

Interiors Trend: Adult Colouring Books

hands colouring in

Adult colouring books have slowly been creeping into our bookshops in recent years, with the trend picking up pace with news of a Game of Thrones-themed colouring book for adults said to be in production. The nostalgic trend is now even making its way into our homes as the world of interior design looks to welcome the craze.

In our contemporary working world where technology and offices seemingly overrun our daily lives, the idea of adult colouring books becoming so popular may not seem as unbelievable as you might first think. Now the trend is transpiring into room décor, with posters also coming to the market where individuals can effectively colour in their own wallpaper.

This idea has become so popular that the Tate has even got involved by teaming up with The School of Life to create a collection of A1 posters that can be coloured in and would not look out of place next to statement interior pieces such as geometric or brass kitchen pendant lighting.

‘Alleviate Anxiety’

The collection has been produced with the help of well-known illustrators such as Peter Judd and Jeffrey Bowman. The posters cost £12 each and, according to the School of Life in this article, colouring for adults “can help to alleviate anxiety, sharpen our concentration, and cultivate a deep sense of calm”.

Not only does colouring help relieve stress, but the patterns and sense of achievement that come from colouring in these works can also help rid anxiety. Hanging the finished posters in your study is not dissimilar from creating a painting for your home from scratch; the process of creating something that then can be hung in your home and admired can give a huge sense of satisfaction in addition to the therapeutic exercise of colouring itself.

George R.R. Martin is currently overseeing publication of a Game of Thrones colouring book for adults, while many other artists and illustrators create books purely for the adult market. Shop The School of Life collection to find a poster print for yourself, the beauty of the process being that you can create an artwork for your home that matches the room, from the statement emerald sofa to accents such as your wooden beehive door knobs.

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