colour-therapy

Colour is a complex language in its own right, communicating with us on a visual, symbolic and cultural level. From the red and green of city traffic lights, to the rainbow plumage of a peacock’s tail, colour in the natural and man-made world is loaded with meaning.

In fact, colour plays such a powerful role in our lives that concepts like colour psychology and colour therapy have become increasingly popular. Colour can have a big impact on your emotions and state of mind; this in turn affects your physical state and your overall wellbeing. That means that simply by surrounding yourself with particular colour on the spectrum, you can give your mood – and overall health – a real boost!

Whether you’re decorating your home, beautifying your workspace or simply choosing what to wear, certain colour palettes can work wonders for the atmosphere you create. Let’s take a look at the secret language of the rainbow – what colours mean to us, and how to harness their positive effects.

“Colours, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.” – Pablo Picasso

Calming & Soothing

The cool colours on the spectrum are those that help to promote a feeling of calm and peace. If you find yourself mentally agitated, very “fired up” all the time, constantly tapping your foot or unable to sleep, surrounding yourself with these colours will support you to find balance.

Your Cooling Colour Palette:

  • Blue: From light airy shades to deep watery hues, blues are soothing colours that help to calm the mind, reducing anger and irritation.
  • Green: The lush colour of nature, green is all about balance and harmony. It can be energising without being over-stimulating or agitating.
  • Turquoise: This playful shade lies between blue and green; it relieves stress and helps with clear, insightful thought.
  • Indigo: This magical purple combines deep peaceful blue with a dash of red. Calming but warming, this is the ideal colour for a meditation space; it’s also considered a deeply spiritual colour.
  • Grey: A cooling neutral shade that promotes clarity and balance. Just remember to use it sparingly; too much grey can quickly start to look gloomy.
  • Silver: This is grey’s more glamorous sister; a cool metallic shade that’s calm and balanced, but with a shine that adds a lively streak to your colour palette.
  • White: The colour of lace and linen; we associate white with cleanliness and peace. White and off-white shades make great neutral background colour for a calming space.

For your other senses:

You can complement these colours with the best natural cooling scents: Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lavender & Geranium.

And soothe your senses with these cooling tastes: Lime, Cucumber, Melon & Peppermint.

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Warming & Energising

Warm colours and neutrals can stimulate your senses and help you keep your energy levels high. These colours will really support those who find that their “mojo” for life is down. If you are feeling uninspired, lethargic and sluggish, hotter shades and tastes will help stimulate the passion you need to step back into your life with vigour.

Your Warming Colour Palette:

  • Red: Arguably the most powerful colour on the spectrum, red is synonymous with heat, passion and stimulating. Used in the right way, reds can be wonderfully warming and energising colours – provided they don’t become overpowering.
  • Pink: The softer, sweeter side of red, pink is a really playful, happy and youthful colour. Pink and peach tones can help to tone down and balance a very warm colour palette.
  • Violet: Warm purples (those with more red than blue) are associated with transformation and spirituality. Violet can soothe emotional stress and encourage restful sleep or meditation.
  • Yellow: A touch of sunshine, yellow is a warm friendly colour that creates feelings of energy, strength and excitement. A splash of yellow in your palette creates a summery sensation.
  • Gold: Think of gold as yellow all grown up; this warm metallic adds an instant shot of glamour. Gold is a precious, positive colour that communicates the idea of luxury.
  • Orange: A vibrant, cheerful colour with the warmth of red and the energy of yellow. Orange can stimulate energetic emotions and even the appetite.
  • Black: For a hint of mystery and sophistication, you can never go wrong with sleek black. Black paint makes rooms appear smaller, so used sparingly it can create a feeling of cosiness.
  • Brown: Moist earth, natural wood, cinnamon, nuts and chocolate… brown is a delicious and warming neutral shade associated with earthiness and wholesomeness. Like orange, shades of brown can help promote a healthy appetite and feelings of warmth.

For your other senses:

Add another sensory dimension by combining your palette with these warming scents: Sandalwood, Black Pepper, Orange & Ginger.

And spoil yourself with treats that pack a little heat: Cinnamon, Chili, Cayenne, Black Pepper & Ginger.

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What are your favourite colours, and how do they make you feel? Do you have a special, outfit or recipe for boosting your mood with colour? If so, we’d love to hear from you in the Comments below!

And last but not least, here’s a little peek at your “colour personality” – what your favourite hues say about you!

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