Color therapy and healing (also known as chromotherapy or light therapy), is a type of holistic healing that uses the visible spectrum of light and color to affect a person’s mood and physical or mental health. Each color falls into a specific frequency and vibration, which many believe contribute to specific properties that can be used to affect the energy and frequencies within our bodies.
Alternative therapies also believe that a person’s aura contains different layers of light which can be used for cleansing and balancing. Knowing the colors in your aura can help you better understand your spirit, and thus help you better understand how to heal. Additionally, the colors surrounding you can also have various effects.
What Is Color Psychology
The psychology of color is based on the mental and emotional effects colors have on sighted people in all aspects of life. There are some very subjective pieces to color psychology, as well as some more accepted and proven elements. Also note that there are variations in interpretation, meaning, and perception of colors between different cultures in the world.
Color In Everyday Life
We all have experienced in some period of life how certain surroundings influenced our emotions and state of mind. Have you ever noticed that certain places especially are irritating to you? Or,that certain places are especially relaxing and calming? Well, there’s a good chance that the colors in those spaces are playing a part.
In art therapy, color is often associated with a person’s emotions. Color may also influence a person’s mental or physical state. For example, studies have shown that some people looking at the color red resulted in an increased heart rate, which then led to additional adrenaline being pumped into the blood stream.
There are also commonly noted psychological effects of color resulting from two main categories: warm and cool. Warm colors – such as red, yellow and orange – can spark a variety of emotions ranging from comfort and warmth to hostility and anger. Cool colors – such as green, blue and purple – often spark feelings of calmness as well as sadness.
The concepts of color psychology can also be applied in everyday life. For example, maybe you’re planning on re-painting your walls or redecorating a house or room with a new color scheme. Well, you might want to consider some of these suggestions about colors and how they might affect your emotions and mood.
Effects From Warm Colors
If you want to create an environment of stimulation of people’s appetite, you might consider utilizing the colors yellow or orange. These colors are often associated with food and can cause your tummy to growl a little.
Have you ever wondered why so many restaurants use these colors?This is why.
You do want to be careful about using bright colors like orange and especially yellow. They reflect more light and excessively stimulate a person’s eyes which can lead to irritation. You also probably don’t want to paint your dining room or kitchen these colors if you’re dieting.
Effects From Cool Colors
If you want to be creative or to calm yourself,then cool colors are you choice.Want to be more creative? Try with the purple. Purple utilizes both red and blue which provide a nice balance between stimulation and serenity that is supposed to encourage creativity. Light purple is said to result in a peaceful surrounding and relieving tension. These could be great colors for a home or business office.
Are you looking for a peaceful and calming environment? You might consider using green or blue. These cool colors are typically considered restful. There is actually a bit of scientific logic applied to this. Since the eyes focuses the color green directly on the retina, it is said to be soothing your eye muscles.
The color blue is suggested for high-traffic rooms or rooms that you or other people will spend significant amounts of time. Another cool color, blue is typically a calming and serene color and affects in decreasing respiration and lowers the blood pressure. The bedroom is a great place to use these colors as they should help you relax.
Marketing and advertising are well-known for utilizing color psychology. The fact that some companies invested in this type of research,it shows that they have succeeded using the concepts of color psychology which was implemented in their advertising.
Color is consistently used in an attempt to make people hungry, associate a positive or negative tone, encourage trust, feelings of calmness or energy, and countless other ways.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the more common colors used in this direction of psychology and what they represent.
- sense of space
- mourning (in some cultures/societies)
- thinning / slimming
- death or mourning
- wealth prosperity
- lower appetite
- mourning (in some cultures/societies)
Now,which effect do you want to accomplish?