Colour research

After looking at multiple sources for ideas about which colours in fabric and lights to use that will evoke the most calming effects. The common consensus is that either the colour white, blue or green would be the most effective.

Blue-  evokes feelings of calmness and serenity, and is described as peaceful, secure, tranquil and orderly
"Blue is often used to decorate offices because research has shown that people are more productive in blue rooms."
it is also said to aid the lowering of pulse and temperature.
Blue is the colour of the mind and so is soothing mentally, stimulating clear thoughts and aiding to calm the mind to think and communicate clearly. It is also the most favoured colour in the world.

Green- "Green, which is Nature's colour, is restful, soothing, cheerful, and health-giving." - Paul Brunton
Represents tranquility, goodluck and health it is often used to help relieve stress, help heal and calming aspects, which is why TV studios use the "green room" before appearing onscreen. Green has also been used to help improve ones reading ability, and help prevent stomachaches.
Green is a restful colour, for the mind and body, its relation to nature affects us on a primitive level, making us calmer reassured and more balanced.

White- represents purity or innocence, and creates a sense of space. (needed for an enclosed small space).
White is clarity, purity and can be a strain to look at, however it creates the idea of bigger space, and when used with a soft and inviting material, will evoke ideas of luxery, and more inviting than white usually is.

Blue coloured lights have been proved to reduce crime and prevent suicide, and produce a calming effect on participant, perfect for our pod. However these lights will need to be a soft light blue, as darker blues have connotations to police lights.

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2008/12/13/can-blue-colored-light-prevent-suicide/

http://psychology.about.com/od/sensationandperception/a/color_green.htm

http://www.colour-affects.co.uk/psychological-properties-of-colours

http://psychology.about.com/od/sensationandperception/a/color_blue.htm

http://psychology.about.com/od/sensationandperception/a/color_white.htm