Interior design therapy – colour me happy

Those who know me might think that I don’t like colour because I wear black all the time. But little they know that I LOVE colour and love the fact that they have their own energy and can affect us emotionally, physically and spiritually.

Your decorating colour schemes can be chosen from a point of view of ‘Colour Therapy’ or ‘Colour Healing’.

This is a slightly different way of looking at decorating and colour but it could give you an interesting new approach to your colour choices and hopefully it might make you feel happier, and even help to make you feel better – about yourself, your life and your health.

Colour Therapy teaches that good use of colour can balance your whole being and self – body, mind and spirit.

In interior design, colour therapy works on the basis that exposure to a colour can help you to absorb that colour’s energies – when you surround yourself with the colours that you respond positively to, through your decorating colour schemes; it can help your mind, body and soul to become well nourished – and make you feel better.

Below I have put together some suggested uses of colour in the home and the effects these colours can produce:

BLUE

Effects:

  • Calm, sedate and can lower blood pressure
  • Sense of cooling
  • Builds confidence
  • Enhancement of intuition
  • Most productive colour

Can be used in any rooms except those used for physical activity or play.

Interior design - blue

RED

Effects

  • Increases enthusiasm
  • Stimulates energy, passion and strong emotion
  • Encourages action, confidence and appetite
  • A sense of protection from fears and anxiety
  • Some cultures consider red to represent luck so maybe you feel lucky

Can be used in 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. However, used well, red and its variations can make a space feel warm and cosy. Often used in kitchens or dining rooms.

Interior design - red

GREEN

Effects:

  • Soothing, and restful on the eye
  • Relaxing mentally as well as physically
  • Helps alleviate depression, nervousness and anxiety
  • Offers a deep sense of renewal, self-control and harmony

Depending upon the shade, it can be used for most areas. Use with other colours as well to avoid the balance and harmony becoming more like total inactivity and indecision.

Interior design - green

ORANGE

Effects

  • Can stimulate feelings relating to summer
  • Stimulate hunger and enthusiasim
  • Relates to meditation and higher self
  • Creativity

It can be used in any activity area and creative areas. Not ideal for bedrooms or areas of possible stress.

Interior design  orange

PURPLE

Effects

  • Uplifting
  • Calming to mind and nerves
  • Offers a sense of spirituality and wisdom
  • Encourages creativity and success

The best spaces where you can freely use the intensity of colour purple are a healing room or a meditation space.

interior design - purple

YELLOW

Effects

  • Mentally stimulating
  • Stimulates the nervous system
  • Activates memory
  • Encourages communication
  • Is the colour most likely to cause eye strain and it is prone to make babies cry

Best used in activity rooms, entrance halls and living rooms. Bright yellows are not for bedrooms as yellow can interfere with sleep since it tends to keep our minds “switched on”.

Interior design - yellow

BLACK

Effects

  • Black used with another colour enhances the energy of that second colour
  • Black gives us the space for reflection and inner searching.

Black is not ideal as a single colour, but when used with care, can enhance and complement other colours in almost any situation.

Interior design - black

WHITE

  • White contains all the colours. It emphasizes purity and illuminates our thoughts, giving us clarity.

It can be used in any room, but it can be a little intimidating to some. It needs to be broken up with another colour, texture or with plants/ornaments/pictures etc.

Interior design - white

Interior design - white

Interior design - white

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