The Theory of Colour Therapy – part 3

How does colour effect emotions?

With so many colour hues, there is plenty of scope for them to influence our own environment, which can ultimately benefit us emotionally. But some of us are afraid or reluctant to use colour. However, clever use of colour at home can act as a healing tonic in our everyday lives.

Colours in the home

When using colour in the home environment, we all have our own personal choice. But particular colours can help provide a specific ‘feeling’ for a space and well-being, which is a nice bonus.
Below, I have put together some suggested uses of colour in the home, workplace and other environments, and the effects these colours can produce.

Violet
• Calming for body and mind
• Good for meditation and prayer
• Enhances purpose and dignity
• Heightens our awareness and helps us to give of our very best
• Purifying

Suggested areas for use:
• Places of worship
• Entry areas to clinics and hospitals
• Festival areas
• Pale violet in bedrooms

Indigo
• Sedative
• Helps to open up our intuition
• The colour of divine knowledge and the higher mind

Suggested areas for use:
• Not suitable for areas for entertainment but for more ‘quiet’ places
• Bedrooms
• Treatment rooms
• Some people find indigo is helpful for studying so this colour could be used as part of the decor of a library or study

Blue
• Calming, relaxing and healing
• Not as sedating as indigo
• Also the colour of communication

Suggested areas for use:
• Any rooms except those used for physical activity or play

Green
• Balancing
• Harmonising
• Encourages tolerance and understanding

Suggested areas for use:
• Depending upon the shade, can be used for most areas
• Use with one or more other colours to avoid the balance and harmony becoming more like total inactivity and indecision.

Yellow
• Stimulates mental activity
• Promotes feeling of confidence
• Helpful for study as it helps us to stay alert

Suggested areas for use:
• Activity rooms
• Entrance halls
• Not for bedrooms, as yellow can interfere with sleep since it tends to keep our minds ‘switched on’
• Not ideal for areas of possible stress

Orange
• Warming and energizing
• Can stimulate creativity
• Orange is the colour of fun and sociability

Suggested areas for use:
• Any activity area and creative areas
• Not ideal for bedrooms or areas of possible stress

Red
• Energizing
• Exciting the emotions
• Stimulates appetite
Suggested areas for use:
• Any activity area, but red needs careful choice of tone and depth and the space in which it is to be used, as it can make a space look smaller and can be claustrophobic or oppressive.
• Red and its variations can make a space feel warm and cosy.
• Often used in restaurants.

Magenta
Magenta is the eighth colour in the colour spectrum and is a combination of red and violet, thus it combines our earthly self and spiritual self
• Balances spirit and matter
• It is uplifting and helps us to gain a feeling of completeness and fulfilment.

Suggested areas for use:
• Lecture spaces
• Chapels, halls etc
• Not ideal for play rooms or activity rooms

Pink
• Soothes and nurtures
• Helps to dissolve anger
• Encourages unconditional love

Suggested areas for use:
• Ideal for a baby’s or child’s bedroom

Black / Grey
• When used with another colour, enhances the energy of that second colour
• Gives space for reflection and inner searching

Suggested areas for use:
• Not ideal as a single colour, but when used with care, can enhance and complement other colours in almost any situation.

White
White contains all the colours.
• Emphasises purity
• Illuminates our thoughts, giving us clarity

Suggested areas for use:
• Any room, but it can be a little intimidating to some. Needs to be broken up with another colour or with plants, ornaments or pictures

Rustoleum is a great website that will help you to get some colour ideas and inspiration for any room: http://www.rustoleum.com/pages/homeowner/working-with-color

I can’t emphasise enough the power of colour, both possessing positive and negative qualities. But I encourage you to choose wisely while embracing it!