Homes should be a place that nurture a healthy mind and body. If you want to learn more about the use of color therapy for decorating your home, then look no further. Color therapy has been practised for thousands of years to help with physical and emotional healing. It is the belief that each different color provides certain healing properties and you can tailor your décor to enhance these qualities for different rooms in your home. Read on to find out the healing properties of different colors:
Blue is a color that represents calm, relaxation and healing. The color of the sea and sky, it is not considered to be an overwhelmingly calming color, like purples but peaceful with an invigorating quality. Blue is also the color of communication and is ideal for use in any room other than rooms required for physical activity, like a gym or playrooms.
This bright hue is said to stimulate the brain and encourages feelings of confidence and optimism. It is a color that keeps us alert and as such would be ideal for a home study. Playrooms and entrance halls would benefit from being decorated in various shades of yellow. Rooms to avoid yellow would be any room where stress might be experienced, such as a dentist’s surgery for example. It’s not ideal for bedrooms either where we want to be soothed and not made to feel alert.
Red is a very energizing color that tantalizes and excites our emotional spectrum. It is also said to stimulate our appetites. Red is a tricky color to carry off and the shade or tone needs to be just right or you can make a space feel smaller and oppressive. The right depth of red is great for playrooms or any area that involves activity. It can also promote warmth and comfort which is why it’s often chosen for restaurant decoration.
Green has long been considered a color that promotes balance and harmony. The color of nature, it is also said to foster feelings of tolerance and empathy. Green comes in many different shades and can be incorporated into almost any area. Due to its harmonious, calming qualities, it is often used in hospital rooms, waiting rooms and places where counselling occurs. When using green, try to add depth by using other colors or other shades as well. Green is also great for not having any gender specific connotations.
This deeper purple hue is very sedative and is thought to be the color associated with the higher mind, intuition and even divine knowledge. This meaningful color is ideally suited to areas of peace and quiet such as bedrooms, beauty treatment rooms or medical settings. It can also be incorporated into a library or home study décor as some people find it helps them to focus and concentrate better.
White is a shade that actually includes all the colors of the spectrum. It symbolizes purity, clarity and reinvigoration. It can be difficult to get right though and too much white can feel overbearing and intimidating to some. The secret to using white is to gently break it up with other colors and textures or incorporating plants and pictures on the walls. This shade can be used in any space.
This is a fun and energizing color, similar in its effects to yellow. Warmer than yellow, it can provide a cozy feel, encourage creativity and welcomes socializing and happiness. Orange is the perfect color for playrooms or living rooms in a house that wants to promote feelings of warmth and good times. Orange is ideal for kitchens or dining rooms too as it is said to aid digestion and appetite! Orange is best avoided for rooms that require calmness such as bedrooms and areas of stress.
Associated with little girls and all things cute, pink is naturally a nurturing and calming color. It is one color that is said to diminish anger and aggressive feelings and promotes feelings of good will and kindness. This is probably why the color is ideal for baby rooms and children’s bedrooms but can also be incorporated into adult bedrooms, bathrooms and even living rooms.
Not the best color choice to have on its own but when paired up with a second color, black acts to enhance the power of that second color. It is said that black makes us more inward looking, reflective and gives us the ability to do some soul searching. It is a color that takes care to get right but when mixed with other colors, it can be used for almost any room of the house.
This is a popular choice because it’s neutral and refreshing like white but feels warmer. Cream creates the feeling of cleanliness and plenty of space without the sometimes, clinical feel of pure white.
Gray used to be considered as drab and depressing but has recently undergone somewhat of a make-over. Gray doesn’t have to mean the gray of prison blocks or battleships but various shades of contemporary gray paired up with a multitude of other colors. It can work in any room of the house and acts like a neutral base for any color scheme. Gray is said to have the same calming effects as blue.
Otherwise known as earth tones, these sit on the warmer end of the color spectrum. Chocolate browns can be invigorating and mentally stimulating while cooler browns offer a peaceful, nurturing feeling. There are so many different hues available from sandy browns to terra-cotta browns and all encourage practicality and grounding. Brown is best paired up with a soft cream or green to avoid the overwhelming feeling of being left stagnant.