What? What the hell does that mean you crazy man Sam? Color therapy?
I know right? It sounds so weird, like some hippy new-old wave of tree hugging way to zone out of the world for a little piece and quiet. And may be it is. But then again may be it isn’t
ENOUGH ALREADY. WHAT IS IT?
I have learnt a lot about colour therapy — the effects of color on the human mind and spirit and mood. Ever heard of a mood ring? of course you have, you are not living under a rock (there is no WiFi under a rock) and you were likely a child at one time that got your poor sap of a parent to put a quarter into a gum ball machine and to get you the ring that changed colors with your mood. Well I am not certain if those rings actually work but I am certain through my research that paint colors, specifically colors of the walls in the rooms in your house can dramatically effect the moods and energy levels in individuals. Now they won’t have the same level of effect on all individuals but there is an effect.
There are 1000’s of studies out there to this affect. All these studies have found that differing colors have differing effects and that certain colors are best used in certain settings or situations (think different rooms in the house for my arguments sake) Here are just a few colors and their attributes
- Calming effects for the mind and the body.
- Good for regular meditation and prayer.
- Enhances purpose and self esteem.
- Heightens our awareness and helps us to give of our very best.
Use it in :
- Entry areas to clinics and hospitals
- Festival areas
- Helps to open up our intuition about our surroundings
- very sedative
- The colour of divine knowledge and the higher mind.
Use it in:
- more ‘quiet’ places
- Treatment rooms in hospitals or clinics
- Black used with another colour enhances the energy of that second colour
- Black gives us the sense of space for reflection on oneself
Use it in:
well no where really as a single color. but use it everywhere to enhance other colours.
my daughter wanted to paint her room fire engine red. what does this say about her personality? I am not to sure.
So i interviewed a painting company about some of the more ‘spiritual’ works they have done for clients. I had to ask some weird questions (or so i thought) but turns out that most painters are artists at heart and really understand this whole hippy painting color world. One company i talked with does such awesome work i had to mention them here. Creative Trends Painting has been doing commercial and residential painting for years and specialize in custom artwork and murals. They indicated it is not a weird request to have a client ask for a specific mural to be painted on their wall so the client can just sit in front of it and meditate. Makes a lot of sense. As the world keeps moving faster and faster it would be pretty cool to have a special spot to just sit and think (or not think) about anything.
Time to redecorate..
til next time.