Choose lilac for a soothing study space

Find serenity in your study with pale purple.

Create a calming effect in your home office with soft, sophisticated shades of purple. Pale shades of purple like lavender, lilac, pale plum, light orchid and thistle are said to provide a peaceful atmosphere, relieve tension and alleviate headaches.

As well as creating a gentle, restful environment, these muted, chalky colours can help to soften strong natural light in south-facing rooms. Keep the mess to a minimum with lots of storage spaces and choose furniture with clean, straight lines. Add a detailed decoration, such as a favourite photo or a beautiful gold mirror, to give you an interesting focal point when you need a mental break.