Ever wondered how different colours evoke different reactions from you? Colours influence our mood and emotions. Is it any wonder they are used to shift the energy in life? The following colour tips and remedies to help you turn your life around !
What are you waiting for? Go ahead – play with colours.
This colour is not used for nothing as a warning! Red is known for attention grabbing and is known to increase brain activity. This colour is great for spaces that need an activity enhancement. Add this colour to create drama (ever notice how theatres use red curtains and carpets?) and a party atmosphere. Also associated with passion, adding a little red to your bedroom will SURELY spice up your love life. Here is another tip: add red to a room that is not so inviting or comfortable and see the difference it makes. Also, if you are depressed or frequently tired, add a dash of red décor to your bedroom; this stimulating colour will add energy and boost positive vibes. Only, be moderate and don`t overdo it. Too much red leads to overwhelming emotions, aggression and restlessness. Avoid using this colour if there are emotionally hyper people around.
A Red Dislike: Know someone who has an aversion to red? Notice carefully: this person may be over-active, too impulsive, hot-tempered, aggressive and egocentric, or have difficulties with people with such characteristics. It can also symbolize deeply hidden fears and rejection of a person’s own assertiveness.
Purple is an intensely purifying colour, also known as the psychic colour linked with activities such as meditation and healing. It’s often the preferred colour of mediums and those who are in touch with their spiritual side. It’s, therefore, a great colour for a spa or retreat. Did you know it aids in reducing blood pressure? And, that’s not all! Here’s a very simple tip for you if you are an outgoing sort of a person and need to channelise your energy inwards: add purple to your bedroom as it has a very calming and restorative effect and encourages introspection which is key at night time when your energy needs to be focused inwards. Use purple or violet shades if you feel emotionally drained and desire a more stable work-life balance.
A Purple Dislike: A person who has a dislike for purple may have a very serious attitude towards life; and may find it difficult to give dreams, fantasies, vague fears or memories a place in it. He/she might also have a tendency to rejecting everything they regard unrealistic.
Yellow stimulates mental ability and concentration, and aids detachment. Here is an easy tip: if you feel cluttered in your mind, use yellow- wear yellow clothes, add yellow to your bedroom. Yellow is a great colour that has the power to lift spirits, raise energy levels and dispel negativity. So, if you have been feeling nervous or sad, include yellow around you. You can use yellow in kitchens, hallways, living rooms, play rooms and offices but again avoid bedrooms as it may prove too energetic and intense.
Yellow is particularly good for focusing the mind and encouraging intellectual progress and performance. Did you know this colour helps cure depression? How? It awakens an enthusiasm for life. It awakens greater confidence and optimism. Colour therapists use yellow when working with illnesses such as jaundice, arthritis, immobility, depression and skin problems.
A Yellow Dislike: A person who has a dislike to yellow may be emotionally disappointed and bitter. This person might also have a tendency to rationalize feelings, or to avoid the depth of life by often changing relationships, many superficial relationships and/or constantly changing activities.
Orange is a high energy colour that promotes happiness. Orange is a stimulating colour and is often associated with enthusiasm, sociability and optimism. This makes it the ideal colour for a dining room or any space where you receive visitors or entertain. Orange is a welcoming colour for hallways which can often be dark or north-facing rooms that need warming up. Orange has traditionally been used by colour therapists to reduce tiredness, depression and pain and help with disorders such as gout, constipation and alcoholism. Here is a tip if you feel you need to unblock your emotions and create a sense of joy in your life: add orange to your bedroom décor or wear orange teemed with blue.
However, here’s a caution tip: avoid too much orange in the bedroom as it can over stimulate but don’t be frightened to use orange in other areas. Avoid overly bright orange. Also, it should be used along with tones of blue-green.
An Orange Dislike: A person who dislikes orange may have suppressed sexual feelings or other difficulties with sensual enjoyment of life. Alternately, their attitude can also be over-sensual, indulgent, or too materialistic.
Pink is the colour of nurturing and love. It conveys compassion and love. Did you know wearing pink makes you more approachable? It’s great for creating a sense of calmness and has sedative qualities if you have hyperactive children or are facing sleeping difficulties. Here’s a tip if you have a tendency to feeling neglected or angry: add pink to your bedroom décor or start wearing pink. Did you know this colour can ease the stresses of the immune system? It also alleviates loneliness, despondency, oversensitivity, and vulnerability.
Pink is great if you are recovering from a divorce or need to move beyond relationship troubles.
A Pink Dislike: Know someone who dislikes pink? Notice that this person who has an aversion to pink may have a challenge with expressing their ssoft, tender, and more intuitive side.
Green is a calming, reassuring colour and promotes feelings of safety. Is it any wonder why it is used as the colour of the international safety code?
It balances our energies, and it can be used to increase our sensitivity and compassion. The balancing, nourishing and restful qualities in greens makes it perfect as a natural colour choice for bedrooms, living rooms and places of retreat. It’s also a great colour to use if you are experiencing people who seem out of balance on an emotional level.
Colour therapists generally use green to reduce stress, ease headaches, migraines and gastric ulcers or balance mood swings.
Although a restful colour, green also represents growth (be it financial or personal). If you choose a bright green it can bring abundance to you and urge you to take positive action. Green is the colour favoured for decorating the South East corner.
A Green Dislike: A person who dislikes green may be more interested in independence and self-development than in a warm family-life. This person may prefer to keep a certain distance in (sexual) relationships.
Blue is the ultimate soother. This colour is the final name in giving serene, tranquil vibes. Blue can, and does, reduce stress and tension and is useful to calm negative emotions when tempers are running high.
Blue is also associated with effective communication and clear thought and is great for focusing the mind and intellect. Is it any wonder most corporates prefer blue clothing? However, too much blue can be cold and depressing so avoid it if you are prone to moodiness and low mood swings.
Colour therapists tend to use blue to fight against hernias, back problems and muscular defects. It is also said to lower your blood pressure and heart rate.
A Blue Dislike: Know anyone who hates blue? Observe carefully and you’ll see that this person may be severely regimented, a strong career person, with an aversion of restrictions. He/she may have charted out a clear direction for their life and would never want to deviate from it.
Black absorbs all other colours. This means it needs to be used with care. It is great as an accent colour for accessories such as picture frames or curtain rails. In this way, it provides a striking backdrop for other colours.
Black is a protective colour, intriguing, bold and independent. It also creates a sense of magic, given it has great depth to it. However, too much black can be oppressive and depressing and should be avoided in children’s bedrooms, dining rooms and kitchens. A tip: use black as an accent colour or sparingly to ward off negativity and hatred. Also, do not use it by itself, use it in combination with other colours, especially white if it is polarities within an individual that need a balance.
Caution: too much black is known to induce sadness and depression and aggravate emotional/mental traumas/problems.
A Black Dislike: A person dislikes black may have fear for the unknown, or fear for the abuse of power. Notice that this person may desire to become free from all kinds of dependency, blockages, hindrances and will want to throw off shackle.
White contains the full colour spectrum. Is it any wonder it has such a wholesome effect? White is associated with purity and cleanliness and is useful if your senses are overloaded and you need to clear down mentally or emotionally. It is also useful for bouncing light and energy around a space and can often be seen in hallways. However, white can also be stark and difficult to live with long term. It can sap warmth and energy from an environment if used in isolation. Again, if used in excess, white light causes passivity, lethargy, hypersensitivity, and inhibitions. It needs to be combined or coordinated with other colours to be truly effective.
This is one reason why off-whites tend to be more popular for home decoration.
A White Dislike: A person who dislikes white is, largely or solely interested in ‘realistic’ and tangible things, not in illusions or things that are beyond seeing or understanding. This person knows and accepts the own imperfection and does not wish to achieve perfection.
Brown is often a misunderstood colour. Although when used abundantly, it induces stagnation and coarseness, used in the right proportion, brown can be a very stabilizing, grounding and neutralizing colour. It calms extreme mental conditions. A simple tip to stabilise hyperactive children: add shades of brown/rust in their bedroom décor/make them wear brown clothes. Used in small doses brown is effective in aiding concentration and the gain of knowledge.
A colour that stimulates natural solidity and simplicity, brown is often used when there is a lack of warmth in a person or relationships.
A Brown Dislike: A person who dislikes brown may feel an aversion to normal, boring, trivial life; and may not feel connected with his/her roots (home-land, family, etc). You may also notice that this person experiences instability in health and attitude.
Grey is a neutral, indifferent and non-expressive colour, neither white nor black. Grey is the colour of indecision – neither white nor back. It can often give dismal or depressing vibes. Used sparingly, it adds refinement. Used in isolation, it prompts indecision. Grey is a colour that is often used to cure impulsiveness and restlessness. Avoid painting your walls in this colour but if you really want to, make sure you maintain them/repaint them to avoid giving out negative vibes.
A Grey Dislike: A person who dislikes grey may prefer to be straight to the point, no time for political and tactical attitudes. This person will demand clarity, and knowing where he/she stands exactly.