Colors can elicit powerful emotional responses. Color is created by wavelengths of light and each wavelength produces a unique vibration and energy that can affect our mood and health. Therefore, color can be a great way to bring different qualities and energy into your life; it can heal, bring balance, or support your intentions. You’ve probably experienced this connection between color and mood in subtle ways almost everyday. Do you feel different when wearing a bright yellow sweater than you feel dressed in all black? Would sitting in a room with red walls feel different than being surrounded by white walls?
Even the words we use indicate that color is directly associated with our feelings. Have you ever used expressions like “feeling blue,” “seeing red,” or “being green with envy?” The colors you surround yourself with can have an impact on your emotional state, so it’s important to surround yourself with colors you love and that make you feel good.
Below is a list of meanings/feelings associated with colors. Of course, it’s important to remember not all colors will mean the same thing to each person. We all have different experiences and therefore different associations with colors. And colors can also have varying meanings depending on where you live in the world. For example, brides often wear white in the United States, while in China brides traditionally wear red. So no matter what the meaning of the color, always be sure it feels good to you.
Blue is associated with relaxation, peace, healing and meditation.
Red is a very active color often associated with passion, power, and in some cultures, good luck.
Pink is the color of love, both self-love and love for others.
Green is the color most representative of nature and is associated with serenity and growth. It has the potential both to calm and revitalize.
Yellow is the color associated with the sun it is an uplifting color known to promote clarity.
Purple is associated with spirituality as well as royalty.
Orange is an active color associated with happiness.
Brown is associated with the earth and is a solid, grounded color.
White is a very clean color associated with purity.
Black is associated with the unconscious and creativity.
How to Use Color:
1. A little color can go a long way; to bring the energy of certain colors into your life you do not need to paint a whole room. Use color as an accent- flowers a bowl of lemons or pillows or throws. You will be amazed at the difference. You can pick up just about any interior design magazine and usually the more neutral rooms will have some color even if it is just in the flowers- try covering up the flowers with your hands and you will be amazed at the difference.
2. Test it out. Color looks very different from paint chip to walls. And even on walls color can look different depending on the light. The best way to choose a color is to paint large samples on the wall before you commit to the whole room. Or if you plan to use the same color throughout your home paint large samples in various rooms upstairs and downstairs to see how they look in each space. I once made about the biggest mistake you can make- I painted the entire exterior of my home a color that looked fabulous on the front of the house and because of light and reflections off the backyard, terrible on the back. I could have avoided this by taking the extra time and a little extra money to have tested samples on all four sides of the house.
3. Visualize or trust your intuition; see which colors you are drawn to without thinking. You may even try sitting in the room and closing your eyes and seeing if anything comes to mind. You body knows what it needs to bring itself into balance. Just keep in mind that we are always changing, therefore, you may need red on a particular day but not for the next few years- one more reason to consider using strong colors as an accent.
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