| | The Effects of Colour
[align=left]Whether we are aware of it or not colour plays an important part in all of our lives it affects all our senses, sight, sound, smell, taste and feelings. Seeing colour can change our moods very effectively both on a conscious and an unconscious level, red for danger or white for peace. We even use colour in our ordinary everyday conversations, the sky is black, she's whiter than white or I'm green with envy.
We express our creativity through colour, what colour's we choose says a lot, not only about how we feel but how we would like to feel. Colour is also used in healing as it has such a powerful affect on the body. This means that all colour's can have a positive or negative effect. This effect depends on the individual, the extent of colour use, and the purity or saturation of the hue.
For example a room in which pure hues of contrasting colour's (those opposite each other on the colour wheel) are used is thought to be more stimulating - red and green - so this mix of colour's may be good to use in a nursery, but if you want to use them in the bedroom the colour's can be softened by using hues of that shade, such as pink and light mint.
A combination of colour's from the same "family" (those next to each other on the colour wheel) are thought to invoke tranquillity, so are good for babies or children's bedroom's.
Choose your colour scheme by deciding what the room will actually be used for. Every colour has warm and cool tones and you need to decide if you want a calm or stimulating environment, for example, warm colour's evoke activity and cool colour's evoke a tranquil mood.
The lightness and darkness of colour's can also affect mood, for example, a deep yellow will produce a more intimate effect than pale lemon.
Remember colour's appear to be more intense when set on a white or near-white background. Dark colour's look even darker when placed near light colour's.
Complementary colour's look more intense when used next to each other.
So what does each colour mean:
A warm colour is the colour of energy, excitement and vitality. It is also a good grounding colour. Red is a powerful healing agent for healing diseases of the blood and circulation. It will also help with depression but it can raise blood pressure or anxiety.
Red, used in a large space, can be welcoming, energising and invigorating, but it can radiate aggression. Red, in a small space, can be cozy, intimate, or claustrophobic.
Orange is a warm colour, a social and exuberant colour and represents ripeness, warmth and happiness. If used extensively, orange can be a very forceful colour, but is also a good grounding colour. It is used to increase immunity, help in all digestive ailments and will have a gentle warming effect if used lightly.
Orange promotes feelings of excitement, can make you feel vibrant, improves appetite, and enhances social interaction
Yellow is a warm colour and the colour of intellect and it is used for mental stimulation, it will help you think quicker. It is also the colour of clarity and insight . It is he first colour seen by newborns and
couples fight more and babies cry more in lemon-coloured rooms
It is the brightest of all colours and has the greatest illuminating power. It is warm and cheerful and stimulates activity, communication, circulation and appetite. However it is not a good colour for nervy people or people easily agitated.
Green Is the colour of harmony and balance. It is good for tired nerves and it helps with the heart area. It will balance the emotions and bring about a feeling of calmness. Green is a good general healing colour.
Green is a restful colour so will aid sleep, it also represents nature, and therefore promotes balance, harmony, peace, hope and stability.
Is the colour of truth, serenity and harmony, by helping to soothe the mind. Blue is good for cooling, calming, reconstructing and protecting. Blue will help feverish conditions, it will help stop bleeding and it will help with nervous irritations. Researchers found that children tested higher on IQ tests in rooms with blue ceilings
Blue, if diluted to a lighter hue, can reduce stress and relieve tension. Is a colour of peace, tranquility and wisdom and can generate a sense of well-being. Blue gives the impression of space and coolness and represents serenity and loyalty.
Purple is a colour that will connect you with your spiritual self. It is good for mental and nervous problems. It will assist very well with rheumatism and epilepsy. Purple is a calming colour and can comfort and relieve strain.
Purple is associated with noble traits such as love, truth and justice. It is dramatic, sophisticated, sensual and imaginative.
Pink / Mauve / Lavender::
The colour's of equilibrium. Lavender can help with spiritual healing and is used as a tranquilliser. All can aid sleep. Lavender is the colour of replenishing and rebuilding, whilst pink and mauve are restful and calming. While red may be considered an energizing colour, pink is the most calming. For this reason the California children's probation department found that violent children had fewer outbursts when placed in a pink room.
Being a tint of red, pink also affects us physically, but it soothes, rather than stimulates. (Interestingly, red is the only colour that has an entirely separate name for its tints
White is the colour of purity. It will purify the body on the highest levels and will bring peace and comfort. Regarded as restful and clean, but too much will appear stark.
White symbolises light, triumph, innocence and joy and it gives the effect of enlarging a space and creates an atmosphere of coolness
Silver / Grey::
Silver is the colour of peace and persistence. It is the major purging colour so it is very good for removing unwanted diseases and troubles from the body. Grey, like white, is regarded as restful and clean, but too much will appear stark.
Pure grey is the only colour that has no direct psychological properties. It is, however, quite suppressive.
Black represents an absence of light and colour, but can be a deep and restful contrast. It is sophisticated, elegant, dramatic and formal and gives a feeling of solid strength. It can be powerful, aloof and intimidating.[/align]
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