Theory and Therapy

Great Examples of how Colour Therapy can be used to lift spirits and inspire at work and at home.

Are you feeling tired and rundown? A change of colour scheme in your home or workplace may just be the therapy that you need.

Great Examples of how Colour Therapy can be used to lift spirits and inspire at work and at home
The headquarters of Nokia -Helsinki by Nic Lehoux

Colour has the power to affect how you look and feel – for better or for worse! Which is why colour therapy is all about using colour to create well-balanced spaces and happier homes, after all it is the most important design element creating mood and atmosphere.

By understanding the qualities and effects that colours have we can enhance our quality of life and bring an atmosphere of harmony in the spaces in which we work and live.
RED

  • Warm and stimulating, enhances movement and activity, increases pulse rate
  • Too much can be tiring and lead to hostility. Makes rooms look smaller
  • Use in spaces where activity takes place and where uplifting energy is needed.
  • Entrance and reception areas, passages and stairways, kitchens and dining areas, playroom.
Great Examples of how Colour Therapy can be used to uplift spirits in the office or at home.
Image Source: contemporist.com Image 2: homedsgn.com

PINK

  • Induces contentment, uplifting, increases feeling of completeness and self-respect.
  • Recommended for entrance halls, bedrooms and bathrooms.
Great examples of Colour Therapy in the Office and at Home.
Image Source: Office: indesignlive.sg showcasing Flatweave by Interface. @nd Image http://www.colorhousepaint.com

TURQUOISE

  • Cool, refreshing, helps relieve mental strain and fatigue, calms the nerves. Heightens communication and creativity.
  • Ideal for use in offices, kitchens and bathrooms, teenager’s bedrooms.
Great Examples of how Colour Therapy can be used to lift spirits and inspire at work and at home
Image Source: Barrows New York HO – interiordesign.net. Image 2: cotemaison.fr

ORANGE

  • Energetic and welcoming. Stimulates creativity and conversation, encourages joyfulness, lightness, emotional release, pleasure
  • Passages and reception areas. Great for dining areas as it stimulates the appetite and aids digestion.
Great Examples of how Colour Therapy can be used to lift spirits and inspire at work and at home
Image Source: South African firm Inhouse Brand Architects- http://www.dezeen.com. Image 2 sukio.com

PURPLE

  • Encourages purpose, calms body and balances the mind. Creative, heightens intuition.
  • Use in rooms to imbue a sense of luxury. Shades of violet and lavender are perfect for bedrooms and study areas.
  • Good colour for the entrance to hospitals, places of worship, places where quiet and contemplation is desired.
Great Examples of how Colour Therapy can be used to lift spirits and inspire at work and at home
Image Source: customspaces.com. Image 2: ameblo.com

YELLOW

  • Lively and sociable, brings feelings of hope.
  • Use in busy spaces such as the family room or dining room. Buttery yellows and pale yellows can be used in bedrooms.
  • Too much yellow can over stimulate, use brighter colours as accents.
Great Examples of how Colour Therapy can be used to lift spirits and inspire at work and at home
Image Source: interiordesignmagazine.tumblr.com Image 2: westelm.com

GREEN

  • Promotes balance and careful judgment
  • Depending on the shade use in any room of the home or to balance a scheme with plants and accessories.
  • Recommended for bedrooms, bathrooms, treatment rooms
Great Examples of how Colour Therapy can be used to lift spirits and inspire at work and at home
Image Source: archilovers.com. Image 2 plasconspaces.co.za

BLUE

  • Calms, relaxes, helps combat tension, nervousness and insomnia.
  • In homes use in rooms where you want to create a relaxing environment such as bedrooms.
  • Can enhance learning and promote clear thinking so a good colour for offices.
Great Examples of how Colour Therapy can be used to lift spirits and inspire at work and at home
Image Source: trendhunter.com. Image 2: marieclairemaison.com

By introducing colour and looking beyond conventional white and grey, corporates will enhance their business needs by helping to create a happier workforce while also making an impression on customers as well.  In our homes we can also reap the positive effects of colour by introducing colours that we need.

If you have benefited from working in a colourful environment or have used colour in your home that has made a difference in your life I would love to hear from you.

Have a great week.

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