Colour brings joie de vivre to a room. Colour is transformative, beautiful, attention grabbing, suggestive of meaning or functional. A lick of paint in a room can breathe new life into a space that previously lacked personality. On the flipside, making an erroneous paint choice in a room can be frightful – and impact you psychologically.
Fun Colour fact: Humans have three colour-receptive cones in our eyes, allowing us to see the colours we do. The Mantis Shrimp has sixteen colour-receptive cones . .
Colour and energy in the home
When we invite colour into our homes, we live in the colour itself, as it defines space, highlights function, can warm or cool a room, influences mood, and it often reveals our personality. Room size, shape, orientation and use need to be considered when choosing colour for a room. Emotionally, the colour of a room can make a living space feel subdued or exciting.
White and Grey
White and Grey are fairly traditional wall colours. White may be viewed along a spectrum from innocent and pure, through to clean and sterile. Grey is viewed as a practical colour, and it is impressive by the fact that there are indeed, more than fifty shades. .
Energy: White is a basic colour that sits in with neutrals, and can be functional and bring about a peaceful vibe, perhaps even a bit Spartan. It can also be a functional colour, allowing a room to be changed with accessories instead of committing to a full wall colour. Grey has a naturally stabilising element, giving a room a stylish feel without going out of fashion. These two colours evoke a feeling of cleanliness and classicism.
Associated with death, Black can also be a sign of tradition, fashion and formality. Black is powerful.
Energy: A room that is black can be the ultimate in sophistication if pulled off well. This colour is dramatic and can really make a statement. Don’t use black if you want to open up a space – you need lighter hues to achieve this.
Red has long been associated with passion, fire, the sun, divinity and strength. The red and white tablecloths so prevalent in restaurants today are rooted in religious traditions of red and white decorations of joyous feasts. From valentines to romance, Red emotes strong feelings. Red-orange is even hotter and more emotive. Slightly cooler reds – crimson, carmine, and red-violets – suggest power, but more of a spiritual nature. Red’s potent negative implications relate to the devil, lasciviousness, wrath and cruelty.
Energy: Red is known to stimulate appetite – you might want to experiment with red in areas of your home where food is consumed and see what happens. A darker, deeper red in your bedroom will guarantee passion.
Associated with fire. Orange is the hottest colour on the colour wheel, and represents maximum radiant warmth. Its glorious, untamed, explosive wildness signals ad strong spirit and perhaps danger.
Energy: an optimistic colour, orange would sit nicely in a place where stimulating conversation or play is encouraged. A child’s room, a games room, a dining room, perhaps even a personal library where intellectuals go head to head, could all dress up comfortably in orange.
An energetic colour, Yellow also accompanies the daily arrival, departure and brightest glow of the world’s primary power resource. Sun worshipping, known to many primitive cultures, attests to yellow’s affiliation with divine enlightenment, healing, and redemption.
Energy: Yellow is a wonderful colour to open a space up with, inviting light and laughter. A guest bedroom, or a hallway looks sensational dressed up in this joyful colour.
Green always is associated with life. Youth and inexperience also relate to this colour, (‘he’s a bit green!’). Green walks hand in hand with spring, new life, renewal and is affiliated with life and health. Warmer greens seem joyous, cooler greens are calmer. On the flipside, Green is also associated with the negative emotions jealousy and envy.
Energy: a sense of tranquillity and health is fostered in any room with green. A bedroom painted in this colour would encourage a night of replenishing sleep.
A peaceful colour, Blue is always passive, both spatially and spiritually. Calmness and coolness come with fresh air, clear blue skies, and ocean views. Blue symbolizes truth, wisdom, order and fidelity, often worn by Police and Naval officers. Blue can also take on a melancholic meaning, implying sadness and depression.
Energy: Blue is psychologically a relaxing colour, and good in studious spaces.
Violet, Purple, Lavender
Due to its rarity in nature and limited availability, violet became exclusive to rank and royalty. The term ‘violet’ is interchangeable with ‘purple’, its less academic name.
Energy: this colour ushers in a sense of relaxation and calms frazzled nerves. Try it in a space where you want to unwind – a lounge or bedroom.
Coffee, chocolate, dirty or crude, Brown is always associated with Earth tones. Rarely is Brown entirely neutral, with other colours giving it personality and life.
Energy: if you want to warm a room up, try elements of this diverse colour on for size. The place will feel at home immediately.
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