Colour is a powerful tool. Colour affects our moods and behaviour and has a major influence over our happiness, health and well-being.
The colours in our home and work environments play a vital part in what we see and choose to be around. It is therefore important to decorate these surroundings in a way that creates a supportive, conducive and balanced environment.
Each room in your house should have colours that suit its purpose, shape and size. Colours can alter the space in a room, such as red, which makes a room look smaller and in contrast white will open up a room and make it look bigger. Energising colours such as red, orange and yellow will bring warmth to a room, and blues and purples will make it feel cooler.
We can easily create an oasis of calm, or a stimulating environment for play, study and creative pursuits by choosing the right colours to decorate and furnish our homes. With a little imagination, and without too much effort, we can help our children and ourselves to experience the benefits of colour.
Colour Therapy is one of the fastest growing areas in natural health with an explosion of scientific research in its ability to heal. It is now used extensively in Europe, Asia and America as a complementary treatment for a wide variety of health issues, and to improve general well-being and emotional conditions.
It’s a good idea to decorate a nursery in pastel or light colours as your new baby will be very sensitive to strong colours. The lighting is best muted and you can use a tinted light bulb in peach, pink, apricot or warm beige to help create a comforting ambience in the bedroom. When choosing linen for a child’s room take note of what colours and designs are printed on the bedding. Generally, if a child suffers from colic or asthma, make sure there are warm colours in the room. A child who is hyper-active or perhaps very energetic will benefit from cooling and calming colours.
As a child gets older, they tend to be attracted to specific colours – You will find that outgoing personalities with an abundance of energy will love the bright primary colours of red, yellow and blue, while a gentle, quieter individual, will prefer to surround themselves in softer light colours and shades. If your child experiences difficulty in sleeping, make sure that this is not because the room’s colour scheme is too bright and over-stimulating.
Children often have an area of their room set aside for study. Bold, bright colours are not conducive to quiet and focused study, so it is best to decorate the study area in paler, softer colours which will encourage them to concentrate and work hard on their homework. The best colour to use is yellow as it is the colour of mental functioning, thought and intellect, and helps to absorb knowledge useful for study, revision and exams. You could try introducing yellow paper for your child to write on as this will help to keep him alert and focused on the job in hand.
Teenagers like to decorate their own rooms. Take note of the colours they are using, as this will tell you a great deal about their emotional and mental development.
If your child is going through a time of stress or intense study, are upset, having nightmares or need extra confidence, there are many ways in which you can bring the appropriate colour into a room without the need to redecorate. You can surround a favourite toy or photo in the appropriate colour needed and place it on their desk or bedside table. Hang a poster on the wall in a place that your child can’t help but notice, or scatter cushions on their bed or around the room. Cover a book they are reading in the appropriate colour, a pencil case they use daily, anything that will be looked at or held.
Mums who work from home
A study, conservatory, loft or dining room is often the designated place where mums work from home. It may be that you don’t have a big enough flat or house to be able to set aside a room solely for work, but even if you use a space within another room, you still need to think about what colour is going to inspire you and maximize your productivity. For example, if your work involves thinking, reading, writing, and coming up with ideas – then using a soft warm colour based on yellow would be a wonderful colour for stimulating the mind. As yellow is the colour closest to the natural sun light, it will also help keep your spirits up and stay motivated as you work. Alternatively, if your work is of an artistic nature involving drawing, painting or sewing, then you might want to place purple tones (the violets and indigos) around you. This is the colour of creative inspiration and it also helps keep the distractions of the outside world at bay. Blue is the trust-me colour, allowing one to focus on the task in hand, bringing us peace and serenity and giving us confidence to communicate. It sends messages of sincerity, truth and loyalty which is great if you deal with clients regularly. Green will help with concentration and aid in restful times when stressed.
Colour Therapy can be applied to other rooms in the home, for example:- In a kitchen or dining room you may want to stimulate appetite, aid digestion or create a sociable and warm family atmosphere. For a cosy atmosphere in a living room, you would use harmonious warm colours but if you wanted a peaceful relaxed atmosphere, then cool colours may be more suitable. Again, you don’t need to paint walls to create the appropriate atmosphere, you can introduce colours with accessories, soft furnishings, cushions, art work and plants and flowers.
Today, many offices, schools, restaurants, care homes, hospitals and prisons use Colour Therapy in order to achieve the best possible and suitable environment.
What colours do you live with?
Take a few minutes to wander around the rooms in your home. Look at the colours you live with. Look up and down as well as all around you – at the ceiling above your head and the floor beneath your feet. Remember to take in all the furnishings and pictures. What colours do you live with? Is there too much of one colour? Not enough of another? Is the overall effect too dark, too light, too bright or too dull?
Now consider what the room is for and whether its colour scheme serves that purpose. Take your child’s bedroom, for example, how well does your child sleep in it? Do they wake up refreshed in the morning after a good night’s sleep or did they spend most of the night tossing and turning, having nightmares or unable to sleep at all? It may be that their bedroom has too much of one or more of the colours at the warm end of the spectrum, the reds, oranges and yellows. These colours are all very stimulating, so you would need to introduce a cool calm colour such as blue tones. Ask yourself the same question for each room. Is the living room a place where people relax and talk or is it somewhere they are over stimulated and argue? How much work do you get done in your study? Here is a simple questionnaire, start to ask yourself these set of questions:-
- What is the main colour of the room you are in?
- How do you feel in this room?
- How do family members feel and behave in this room? e.g. are they restless or relaxed? Do they sleep well? Do they suffer with headaches?
- Is the room decorated in a colour you like? If not, what colour would you change it to?
The colours you surround yourself with will affect you deeply. By applying the carefully considered principles and psychology of Colour Therapy to your home or office, can have far reaching long-term benefits and you can use your colour knowledge in many ways to benefit yourself and your loved ones.
By Natalie Yahalomi at Chakras in Colour
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