Thursday, December 1, 2016

Colour Therapy for Home

Color therapy is an enjoyable and low-risk form of alternative medicine. Its benefits are quite noticeable. We feel calmed by our favorite cool colors and stimulated by bright hues, however, many of us are not aware of other benefits of this 'science of colours'. Let’s take a closer look at some colours and their effects on the mind, body and soul.

The Science of Colours 
Every color has certain healing energies. Today, many offices, schools, restaurants and hospitals use Color Therapy to bring healing energies into space. Offices use blues to relax employees that work in high-pressure environments while schools use yellows and oranges which stimulate creative ideas in students. Colours can be divided into Cool Colours (green, blue, violet) and Warm Colours (red, yellow, orange). Warm colours add warmth to a room and generally stimulate the emotions. On the other hand, cool colours create a peaceful atmosphere and bring about a sense of balance in life. 

Use of Warm Colours 
The principle of Color Therapy can be applied anywhere in your home. You may want to stimulates appetite, aid digestion or create a warm family atmosphere in the dining area. Shades and hues of red, yellow and orange can help you with that. Orange is stimulating and energizing. Considered to be very optimistic, warm and the most sociable of all the colours, it can be widely used in dining and entertainment zones.
Red excites the emotions and stimulates appetite, but it needs a careful choice of tone as it can make a space look smaller, however, if chosen wisely, red and its variations can make space feel warm and cosy, which is why it is the most used colours in restaurants.

Use of Cool Colours 
Blue is the most calming and peaceful colour. Though many shades of blue look very different, they all relax the mind. Blue allows you to focus on the task at hand, bringing in peace and serenity. It lowers the blood pressure and should be used predominantly in bathrooms.
Green helps with concentration (suggested for a study area) and aid in restful times when stressed. Though Green is the right color for bedrooms, it is so beneficial that every room to have at least a splash of green.
Violet is mostly associated with meditation as it facilitates introspection. Gentle and soothing, Violet is often used in rooms to promote feelings of self-esteem and respect. Use it in the area when you meditate. 

Color Therapy

Choose Wisely 
There has to be a balance of cool and warm colours in your home. If you experience difficulty in sleeping, there is a strong possibility that your room’s color scheme either too bright or over-stimulating. 
For a study area that involves thinking and coming up with creative ideas, use a light shade of yellow for increasing productivity. As yellow is the color of the natural sunlight, it will keep your spirits high. However, excessive use of yellow encourages hyperactivity so it should be balanced with shades of blue. 
Similarly, it’s good to have calming colours in the home, but an over-abundant contact with cool colour like blue can cause mental fatigue or depression. Balance it with the orange. 

Still, it’s all about your preferences 
For a cozy feeling in a living room, you should use harmonious warm colors but if you want a peaceful relaxed atmosphere, then cool colors may be a perfect choice. Also, you don’t always have to paint walls to create a favorable atmosphere. You can create an oasis of calm or a stimulating environment by choosing the right colored decorative or furnishing items. You can also introduce your favourite colors through cushions, curtains, artworks, plants or flowers of your favourite colour.

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