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Colour Therapy

Colour Therapy

The psychology of colour, otherwise known as Chromotherapy, is the influence that colours have on our minds and at times can influence our mood. Basically, we are able to feel colour. This concept dates back centuries. In some ancient Egyptian, Indian and Chinese cultures, it was believed that light in the form of colour can balance our energy and shape our emotional, physical and spiritual planes.

Let’s explore some of the principal properties attributed to specific colours and which rooms in your home or office can possibly benefit by just tweaking or injecting a certain colour.

Janeke Wissekerke, is a professional architect, born in Dundee, KZN. She graduated from the University of Queensland, AUS, with her Masters in Architecture and has been in the design industry for 15years.

Green: Interior designers usually rely on this colour to create a link between indoors and outdoors, because it reminds us of nature, especially with a mix of textures and layers. Green is a welcoming shade and restful to the eye, which can be applied to spaces used for restoration or healing. That’s why most hospitals, clinics and meditation spaces have this palette. Bright greens are refreshing, where softer tones tend to be calming. Hallways, bedrooms and dining areas can benefit from this colour.

The three “non-colours”, white, black and grey, are the most versatile colours. They are strong and can stand alone, or can be used to complement other colours. You can use them to create contrast or subtle blends. Regardless of how they are applied, these colours are believed to give a sense of peace, safety and tranquillity.

Yellow: Is a very stimulating colour. It’s full of creativity, confidence and optimism, which can enhance concentration. Due to these factors, it’s usually a good colour for schools, offices or studies, but not so great for bedrooms. Use this colour selectively as it can easily overpower a room. A pale yellow brightens a room, giving it a positive and cheerful atmosphere.

Red and Orange: These are warm and passionate colours. Just like yellow, they can easily overpower. If you would like to use these colours in a bedroom, use shades like maroon or dull orange. Use sparingly, as an accent rather than a dominant scheme.
The warm colours aid in digestion and increase appetite, thus are sometimes used in restaurants. By natural extension, they work well in dining rooms and kitchens. Try keep these colours away from studies or any space where you need to concentrate.

Blue and purple: Trust, calm and intellectual is typically associated with blue but contrary to the warm colours, colder shades like blue, suppress appetite. It is therefore not the preferred colour for a dining room or kitchen. Cold colours like blue are said to stimulate thought, and blue is a good colour for studies. Purple like lavender is quite sedative and can make a space feel drowsy. These shades do well in bedrooms and bathrooms.
These aren’t hard and fast rules, so don’t be shy to mix it up for the sake of functionality. If you have an unbearably cold south-facing room, use your warm colours to give you a sense of warmth. The same goes for those hot rooms that are orientated north or west; cool them down with some colder coloured details.

Enhance your emotional well-being by listening to your instincts and senses, and translate them into a choice of colours most suited to you.



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