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Using Colour Therapy For Better Homes

What is colour therapy?

In Ancient times people used colour to treat different kinds of diseases. It was the modification of light and colour that healed the ailing body. A number of scientific theories support that the perfect blend of colours can enhance emotional and physical well being and hence overall health in the long run. Colours have a profound effect on our emotional, psychological and physical state.

The Human body absorbs energy that accompanies the colour from the light spectrum. Each colour is accompanied with its own energy and its own wavelength. Thus colours that are transmitted and colours that we absorb have a considerable effect on us. They deeply affect our mental and physical well being.

So How to apply the theory in practical life: And where to start from if you’re looking to make a change?

Wander into each room; spend some pensive time making an insightful mental note of the following:

What is the dominant colour of this room?
How do I feel in this atmosphere? Do I have frequent headaches? Or anyone else in the house does?
How does everyone else in the family behave around here? Anxious, relaxed, happy or complaining?
What colour is the ceiling above and the floor beneath?

Analyze the colours that surround you and you will realize colours deeply affect you .Applying the principles of Colour Therapy to your home and office, can result in long term benefits for you and your loved ones.

Colour Therapy broadly differentiates the colours into two categories: Warm Colours and Cool Colours. Reds, yellows, oranges and beige or creamy colours are WARM. Blues, greens and greys are COOL. If you look at the colour wheel (which you may remember from elementary school) the warm colours are on one side of the wheel and the cools on the other.

Colour therapy could be applied to every room in the house. It doesn’t necessarily mean changing the entire decor or repainting the walls, it could mean just bringing in the right accessories: from soft furnishings and cushions, to plants, flowers or art works. Another way could be changing the laminates on wooden furniture, or giving the floor a new look. Let’s delve into the colours now. To commence with, let’s look up the living room first.

If you’re looking to create a warm inviting and cosy atmosphere, where the family spends some time together then hues of yellows, oranges and reds are perfect. They are mood up lifters for all ages and create a sociable feeling. Applying similar shades to the kitchen or dining room works wonders to stimulate appetite and aid better digestion. At the same time care should be taken that the walls and accessories together do not become over stimulating.

On the other hand, turning to bedrooms, a more peaceful tranquil tone is required; therefore cool colours are more appropriate. You can easily craft an oasis of serene ambience for calming the mind and body with the right blend of cool colours. It’s conducive for restful sleep and good health. With all the radiations that we surround ourselves with today, a good night’s sleep is a great blessing. Suitable colours for the bedroom are tones of violet and light indigo. Green is an amazing colour with countless benefits, not only is it great for bedrooms, it has so many beneficiary properties that every room should have a splash of green in the house. Adding indoor plants to the home decor can easily help to achieve that outcome.

Alternatively, if the nature of your work revolves around aesthetic or artistic pursuits like painting and drawing, then tones of purple, violet and indigo are to be used. These colours are known to inspire creative imagination and keep the outside distractions at bay.

Blue is a colour which sends out the message” trust-me”. It communicates confidence and sincerity, bringing in loyalty and trust. Work places that regularly deal with clients should have blue with a right balance and blend of yellow or orange. Over exposure to blue might actually make you feel blue and tired. Therefore a splash of other colours is encouraged.

Colour therapy suggests that the following colours are associated with these emotions:

Warm Colours

Cool Colours
Green:Peace, prosperity, renewal, openness, tranquillity.
Blue: Focus, openness, calm, relax, contemplation, serenity.
Pink: Sweetness, calm, reduced appetite, love and romance.
Purple: Wisdom, spiritual, intuition, creativity, luxury, mystery.

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