Many studies have been done to discover how colors affect different aspects of our lives, like our clothing, food, and the decoration of our surroundings. Whether or not you believe in Feng Shui, psychology has also studied the phenomenon of how hues and tones relate to our mood. Learn more in the following article.
What to Know About Colors
Color perception though your eyes is a complex neurophysiological process that is associated with the physical event of light, causing sensations in people and even in animals. Basically, it is an energy that affects us in different ways, producing different experiences but with similar patterns. Each color has a different meaning.
- White: Symbolizes purity, peace, innocence, and optimism, it is associated with divinity, stability, harmony, and calmness.
- Yellow: Always radiates off everything and above all, it is the color related to sunlight and represents intelligence.
- Orange: The color of fire and flames, it symbolizes energy, delight, pleasure, and is also related to the sun.
- Red: The most stimulating, it represents power, energy, and vitality.
- Violet: Indicates the absence of tension and symbolizes calmness, serenity, dignity, and self control.
- Blue: Transmits serenity, sincerity, harmony, faithfulness, and confidence.
- Green: Hope and nature, it is the perfect harmony between the sky (blue) and the sun (yellow). It also expresses desire, balance, and rest.
- Pink: A synonym of innocence, fondness, kindness, and the absence of anything evil.
- Black: The opposite of light, which it is hiding, death, night.
- Grey: Equalizes everything, expresses boredom, grief, age, and indetermination.
How to Use Colors in any Environment?
Beyond the meanings of each and every color, you should also keep in mind how the colors in your home have a hidden “power” that can change our behaviors and mood.
In the case of white, it is advisable for any place where serenity and mental peace is required on a higher level. Grey can be used in offices because it symbolizes success and inspires creativity. Yellow can clear confused minds and helps stimulate your brain. Orange increases immunity and power, making it an excellent option for a bedroom or a living room. It can also be used in the kitchen because it has a warming effect. Red is used for intensifying metabolism, it is a synonym of passion so it can be used for the main bedroom, for example. Blue dissipates fears and calms your mind. It is great for an entrance hall. Green balances emotions, stimulates compassion, and revitalizes the spirit.
But be careful with excess colors because they have negative effects on the mind. If your house has too much white, without any other tones, it will cause disorientation and fatigue. If there is too much yellow, it causes exhaustion and too much mental activity. Violet causes negative thoughts, blue causes depression, sorrow, and regret. Red causes agitation, tension, and anxiety. Orange causes anxiety.
That is why we recommend not abusing one single color in an environment, but rather trying to match them with furniture, for example, or leaving one wall white with something else to offset it in another color. To achieve harmony, it is necessary to coordinate different tones in a harmonic way. Keep in mind that warm colors are considered to be stimulants, exciting, and happy. The cold ones are sedative, calming, and even depressing.
Feng Shui and Colors
Colors have a specific energy for this oriental philosophy. It is good to know that the colors of your walls influence the wellbeing or not of the people that live in the house. It claims to use the laws of earth and heaven in order to be able to improve your life and energy.
It is a system and art that seeks harmonization. Each color has a specific energy which is why, depending on how you paint your house, it will change your way of relating to other people, sleeping, working, and studying. Before deciding on what tone to use, it is best to consult a Feng Shui expert. Just to name one case, if you paint it grey, you will probably feel depressed and tired, the same thing that happens with cloudy days.
In order to channel your energy better, get good results, and a peaceful coexistence, you must think about the tones of each environment and not abuse any of them in particular, no matter how much of a fan you are or if you like it a lot.
Feng Shui is based on five elements. Each of them has a color associated with it. In order for the energy to flow equally, you must have all of them in perfect harmony. Fire is related to the range of reds, pinks, and oranges (energetic, dynamic, and vital spaces), earth with browns and yellows (security and stability), metal with whites, silvers, and some golds (reflection and planning), water with blacks and blues (fresh, mysterious, and fluid sensations), and wood with greens (growth, expansive, and juvenile environments).
This means that for an environment to be in harmony, five elements must be present, whether it is with some detail of each one.
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