Colour Palettes for Increased Performance and Wellbeing: 2023 Design Trends You Can't Miss

As people seem to long for a return to a more natural, human-centric way of life with a sense of community and unity, we believe as leaders we must increase our awareness of self, others, and our environment to come together in unity and find a balance. As design has a great impact on our emotions and well-being, utilising impactful design elements like colour can help us achieve this.

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30th March, 2023 | Remarcable

It's no surprise that since the pandemic in 2020 the world has undergone major changes, from political and economic to social and environmental. As we move forward further into 2023, we anticipate as a society we will continue to face challenges that question our idea of humanity's true essence. 

People seem to long for a return to a more natural, human-centric way of life with a sense of community and unity. 

To achieve this, we believe as leaders we must increase our awareness of self, others, and our environment to come together in unity and find a balance. In doing so, we can not only help ourselves mature as the world continues to change but also position our businesses to be strategically agile with the means to adapt to changing times.

As design has a great impact on our emotions and well-being, we can use it to create spaces that signify awareness, unity, and balance, which in turn can help us achieve stronger environments at work and beyond. 

Since our surroundings during working hours can have a positive effect on our mindset and everyday lives, here are the top colour trends for productivity and wellness to expect in 2023.


Awareness is about knowing our values, personality, needs, habits, emotions, and strengths, and becoming aware of others around us. Minimalism and open spaces can create the right environment for bringing about greater awareness of ourselves, others, and how we fit and function in a space. In 2023, we can expect to see the use of exposed surfaces and raw materials within the overall minimalistic design to evoke emotions such as vulnerability and honesty, which are necessary for expanding our awareness.

Colour Palette to Evoke Awareness:

>> Olive Green Base

If you are looking to create a space that evokes awareness and connection to nature, we recommend a palette of shades of olive green. This colour represents growth, harmony, and balance. It can create a refreshing and calming atmosphere that can help people to focus and concentrate. Using this palette can avoid the risk of using bold or overly bright colours that might cause overstimulation or distraction. We can see notable uses of this palette in modern trending spaces such as aesthetic centres and cafes where people come to work on themselves or work with each other in a relaxed environment.

Leave plenty of 'white' space: when using these colours be sure to let them stand out and sink in by positioning the boldest of them between elements and areas of lighter variations.


Unity is about coming together as a whole to overcome challenges and find strength in each other's support. In 2023, we can expect to see hybrid interior spaces designed to interconnect and unite various usability into one space. These spaces will be flexible in function and create a balanced ambience that can resemble a space for relaxation and reset but yet also be professional and business-oriented.

Colour Palette to Evoke Unity:

>> Mauve Base

For a space that requires a sense of unity and harmony, we recommend a palette of shades of mauve. This colour represents balance and inner peace, creating a gentle and soothing atmosphere. It is a perfect colour to use in spaces where people come to relax and unwind. Using this palette can avoid the risk of using flashy, vibrant colours that might cause tension or restlessness. The successful use of this palette is most commonly seen in spaces such as meditation rooms and yoga studios where people come to find inner balance and connection.

Channel the mood: try blending both small and large elements to complement each other and build an overall feeling rather than just picking one of these colours and spreading it throughout.


In 2023, maintaining a balanced life is becoming increasingly important for personal health and well-being in a fast-paced, modern world. We can expect to see resimercial design, a combination of 'residential' and 'commercial' design, integrating home elements into the work environment. With today's "always on" mentality, creating homelike environments where we truly enjoy spending time is a great way to accommodate the increased demand placed on employees.

Colour Palette to Evoke Balance

>> Dusty Rose Base

For a space that requires a sense of balance and homeliness, shades of dusty rose are an excellent option. This colour represents serenity and tranquility, encouraging relaxation and restoration. It is a warm and comforting colour that can create a welcoming and soothing atmosphere. We can use this palette to avoid harsh tones of bright red that might signal an immediate response. This palette has been successfully used in award-winning spaces such as healthcare centers or beauty shops to create a sense of relaxation and rejuvenation.

Beyond the wall: try using this colour base in more than just paint or artwork; it looks great and last long in preserved flower arrangements.


As we move forward into 2023, design will continue to evolve and making sure your business is prepared to evolve with it can help you stand out. These trends of awareness, unity, and balance will be crucial to creating spaces that have a positive impact on your team's well-being and in turn, their performance in the marketplace as well as sin spaces where clients need to feel seen.

BONUS TREND: Not sure how to find an exact palette to suit you? Start by making the best of modern tech and grabbing image inspiration that depicts the feeling you're trying to elicit. Then, drop it in this free colour palette generator to see a blend of colours you can begin to explore in your branding.

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