Colouring Books for Grown Ups Kaleidoscope

Ever since I was able to hold a crayon, I have loved to colour-in. I mean, really LOVE to colour in! I’ve been doing it for years to help with anxiety and relaxation and enjoy some non-work-related creativity.

However, for the longest of times I simply had to make do with kid’s colouring books or whatever I could find online to print out and colour. Not anymore!

Colouring is now a “thing”, it’s in, it’s trendy and lots of closet colourers are coming out of the woodwork declaring their love for colouring. Not only that, but there are now many gorgeous colouring books for grown ups to choose from with images that can really get your creativity flowing. To me, that’s a very exciting thing!

Here are some of my favourite colouring books for grown ups:

1. Animal Kingdom by Millie Marotta – I recently purchased this book and it is absolutely stunning. The cover has gorgeous touches of colour and gold foil, and inside, the book is filled with super pretty, intricately detailed animal designs. There is also a Tropical Wonderland book by Millie Marotta – why not buy them both!?

2. The Mindfulness Colouring Book by Emma Farrarons – This is a recent addition to my colouring collection too. The book was smaller in dimensions than I expected, but it is a perfect size to take with you while travelling or commuting and has a range for lovely, calming designs.

3. Creative Colouring for Grown Ups; Vintage Patterns – This book was given to me as a present last Christmas. It’s great! I love the variety of vintage and retro patterns in this one. Perfect for experimenting with colour combinations and tones.

4. Dream Cities by Rosie Goodwin and Alice Chadwick – Looking for something other than patterns or flowers? This book looks great with its fab cityscapes of imaginary places!

5. Colouring For Mindfulness: Nature – A collection of 70 intricate designs inspired by nature. Let your imagination take over and choose any combination of colours you like. This one also includes detachable sheets.

6. Vive Le Color: Liberty – This one is on my wish list. It’s full of pretty designs inspired by the iconic and intricate patterns created by Liberty in London. Definitely as must if you like to take your time and really let a design unfold slowly. It is bound at the top which makes it perfect whether you are right or left handed.

So there are some of my picks for colouring books for grown ups that will stop you from stealing the kid’s books, and will help you destress and get creative. 

There are many, many more books out there, so do a search on your favourite book site.

I’d also love to hear about any books you have discovered and love – so tell me in the comments below!

Happy colouring!

Amanda Fuller

Founder at Kaleidoscope
Founder of Kaleidoscope - facets of blogging, womanhood and life, Amanda is on a heart-led quest to create a savvy resource for the modern day woman — a one-stop-shop overflowing with real life, been-there-done-that wisdom and curated inspiration.