Colour and its meaning
Colour and the rooms in your house
Colour Combinations
 

COLOUR AND ITS MEANINGS

Our Mother Earth is filled with colour and colour plays a major part in our daily lives, our moods and our attitude. Colour affects our lives more powerfully than we realize. Colour and light are the essence of all things. It is said that colour is the touch of the Spirit of God.

The seven colours of the spectrum are:

RED is the outermost colour in the spectrum of light. It is a stimulating colour and has a warming vibration. It has a great influence upon the health and vitality of the physical body. The effect of red on the mental and nervous system is stimulating and uplifting. Red is the colour of the life force and encourages enthusiasm, courage and strength in the individual and it tones up the circulation system. It is also a grounding colour and this is important as it keeps the individual grounded to our mother Earth and her balanced vibration.

With it goes the saying “Reach for the stars but keep your feet on the ground”. Remain balanced in all we endeavor to do or to achieve.

Red is also the colour of activity and challenges the adventurous spirit within the individual. For those who tire easily, an over-exposure to red environment can create anxiety and pressure.

Red is also the colour of anger – red with anger.

Red is the colour of our base chakra and balanced colour of this chakra is clear rose red.

ORANGE is the second colour in the spectrum and is a combination of red and yellow. The orange colour is a powerful tonic and has a direct effect in the building of energy in the physical body. It aids calcium absorption and builds self-confidence and positive thinking. Orange is the activity ray and it fosters optimism and the will to succeed. It is also the ray of discrimination and has the capacity to help you make wise decisions. It is a wonderful colour for inducing the feeling of joy.

Orange is the colour of the sacral chakra and affects our adrenal glands.

Orange is the most spiritual and also the most material colour.

Orange is the colour where we can get caught up in the emotional problems of others and this is danger, especially those who with to be involved in healing.

YELLOW is the third colour in the spectrum of light. It is the ray of maximum light and has a powerful effect on the nervous system. It stimulates the mind, helping in the creation of thought and visualization. It arouses cheerful and a balanced outlook on life. This is an excellent colour to have in a room where studying is done and where mental pursuits are followed. It is vibrant and refreshing –like a field of yellow daisies. It lifts above the mundane and it soars up and away, reaching ever towards the supreme goal, which is LIGHT and endeavors to help us understand the unreality of matter and the eternalness of Spirit.

Yellow is the colour of the solar plexus chakra, which is the seat of our lower will or ego an affects the pancreas. It is the brain centre of the nervous system.

The negative qualities of yellow are instability and cowardice – “a yellow streak running down his back”. Over sensitivity, self pity, pride and intolerance are also negative qualities of yellow.

GREEN is a combination of yellow and blue. Green is the midway colour between the thermal or hot end of the spectrum and cold end. It is the central colour and is the ray of harmony, balance and peace.

Green is the colour of nature, the colour of our Mother Earth. It is neither hot nor cold and has a soothing harmonious radiation, which is essential for the well being of our nerves and proper functioning of our body. It is the colour of rest and peace.

This ray radiates sympathy, kindness and understanding and is also linked to the abundance of supply. Mother Earth will supply enough for everyone’s needs but not enough for everyone’s greed. Green is the colour of life, the colour of earth, the Mother colour. Green reaches outwards and upward and it is a call for us to come home and stands for the transformation from matter to spirit, which is eternal and immortal.

Green is the colour of the heart chakra, which is the seat of the Spirit-self and is connected to the thymus gland. Its finest quality is that it develops an awareness of the soul.

It is also the most soothing colour to tired eyes.

The negative quality of green is envy –“green with envy” –jealousy, emotional attachment and emotional over sensitivity are also negative qualities.

BLUE is the first colour belonging to the cold, non-stimulating division of the spectrum. Its effect is to steady and to slow down the red, orange and yellow group of colours.

The blue vibration encourages the consciousness to rise to the realms of the Spirit-self. This colour expresses peace, beauty and harmony and has a calming effect on the mind.

The main features of the mental influence of the blue ray are truth, peace, poise and serenity. It is gentle and kind and is aware of the magic of sound.

Blue is the colour of the sky and the deep ocean, of mountain crests at dawn and of distant hills. Blue lifts, exalts and inspires one towards ever-greater heights of endeavor and attainment. To move ever upwards.

Blue is the colour of the throat chakra, the seat of the sixth sense and of the thyroid gland. Blue is also the never-ending colour-the colour of eternity.

The negative qualities if blue are cold and aloof, depression- we all know the expression “I’m feeling blue today” also “blue Monday”. Other negative qualities are intolerance, ignorance, rigidity and fanaticism.

INDIGO affects the emotional and spiritual levels and is the total sum of all colours. Indigo has a purifying and cooling vibration. This colour affects the nervous, mental and psychic forces and faculties in man. The indigo ray provides the safest and most natural anesthetic in which the patient is insensitive to pain and yet the same time fully conscious.

It stimulates and regenerates the mind and acts as an antidote to frustration, fear and general negative conditions.


Indigo is the colour of the brow chakra, the seat of the mystical third eye and affects the pineal gland.

Indigo or purple is the colour of death, death of the body and the releasing of the soul to return to its source. Negative qualities are attachment to psychic powers and dogmatism.

VIOLET is the innermost colour of the spectrum of light and is the master colour. It also has the highest vibration and arouses soul qualities, spiritual initiation and idealism. It helps nature to fulfill its divine goal, as it knows what it means to sacrifice.

Violet is useful for restoring the mental equilibrium and lack of balance which is blamed on the rush of modern life. It is not a colour for the masses but it appeals to the soul-conscious type of person. Its two divisions, the purple amethyst, correspond to material and spiritual aspects of man. It is the infinite consciousness of God.

It is the seventh colour ray, denoting transmutation. Seven is also the principal number of our Mother Earth.

Negative qualities are pain and sorrow.

Violet is the colour of our crown chakra and is linked to pituitary gland, the master gland.

THE INFLUENCE OF COLOUR IN YOU ENVIRONMENT:

The kitchen

The kitchen is a lively room of any home therefore it is best to shy away from hues of purple and blue as they will slow you down when you are on-the go. Bright, stimulating colour schemes can increase energy levels when you have a lot of cooking and cleaning to accomplish.
Bright red stimulates the metabolism. It is a good accent for kitchens, however the shades of red should be applied with careful consideration because it can become claustrophobic in a small space.

Terracotta and orange are also perfect because they offer an upbeat and friendly tone.

Yellow because its refreshing increases energy and inspires, helping you to concentrate your efforts on culinary delights.

Bright green gives a kitchen a fresh and inviting look creating the sense of light, it also encourages healthy food to be conjured up.

Brown represents comfort, ease and happiness, browns and taupes are fantastic for kitchens.

"They'll sell you thousands of greens. Veronese green and emerald green and cadmium green and any sort of green you like; but that particular green, never.
"Pablo Picasso, 1966

The bathroom

The bathroom is a tranquil room we go in order to soak and refresh ourselves. It is regarded as a personal sanctuary away from the stresses of life. The most popular colour choices for bathrooms are blues and greens as they are serene and clean. Being cool colours, they can also make small bathroom appear more spacious.
Green is a good colour choice for bathrooms it rejuvenates, and promotes a sense of security, and harmony making you feel calm and restful. Green coordinates well with most colours in the spectrum. In spite of this you have to be careful with green in the bathroom the wrong shade can make your skin appear yellow when you glance in the mirror!

Orange is an invigorating colour, it refreshes and promotes good spirits creating an idyllic place for relaxing and contemplating life in the bath.

Red is a very dominant and exhilarating colour, making it striking to use in the home. Red is an extremely warm colour choice for the bathroom as a result it does not encourage you to soak, thus making the colour a popular choice for big families with limited time on their hands.

Blue has the association of water it feels at home in the bathroom and brings a sense of well-being and serenity. Blue relaxes, refreshes, cools and gives out tranquil feelings. It is great colour choice for bathrooms partly because they are easy shades to work with.

Lilac is a relaxing colour the perfect antidote for a stressful day. It is also a fun colour in the bathroom it creates space which is light, fresh and invigorating.

Yellow in the bathroom, offers a fresh start to the morning; it can give the feeling of waking up to a sunny day, every day. A wild honeysuckle would work well in the bathroom it is a pretty yet vibrant yellow.

Turquoise a variant of blue it livens up space and is the perfect colour for small bathrooms

The bedroom

A bedroom is a place of rest primarily for sleeping; sleep is vital to our well-being, therefore our sleeping surroundings should be peaceful and pleasant. When deciding on colours for bedrooms it is essential to pick colours that are beneficial to sleeping. Generally light and pastel tones are perfect for bedrooms.
Blue is a well-liked colour choice for bedrooms because of its soothing qualities. On the other hand if you have difficulty waking up in the morning, it would be best to introduce another reviving colour to get you out of bed.

Cream yellow puts spirit to the bedroom without being too intense.

Indigo relieves insomnia it is also a good colour to apply if you experience migraines or headaches.

Green creates a sense of light and space, plus a feeling of tranquility.

Reds and oranges can be too thought-provoking and can cause insomnia

Lilac for bedrooms to create a hassle-free haven.

Pink is a nurturing colour. It promotes relaxation, perfect for bedrooms.

Living room

The living room is one of the most frequented rooms of the home. It's also the room guests initially see and form a lasting impression. For this reason the living room ought to be well-decorated, and welcoming to guests and family members. Warm colours are ideal for living rooms they are elegant and portray a cosy dwelling.
Orange offers an upbeat and friendly tone. Akin to red, orange warms a room but in a less dramatic and fiery way. The ambiance of orange is more welcoming than seductive. Generally orange works well in living rooms and family rooms.

Blues cool and calm the ambiance encourage peace and relaxation. Folk who constantly bicker should choose a rich blue in the living room.

Red is a vibrant colour it can be dramatic. It can also create a feeling of intimacy, add warmth and make a living room atmosphere pleasant. Deep red works well, the deeper the red the more superior.

Brown brings warmth to a home. Dark browns are warm and calm. Lighter tones such as beige are relaxing, simple yet attractive.

Pink represents sharing, pink is no longer just for the little girls' rooms. Nowadays mauve and blush hues are all the rage in living rooms.

Yellow is an inspiring colour. It is dazzling, dynamic and energetic. It refreshes up a room and encourages happiness and creativity thus is apt for the living room.

A strong green in the living room helps digestion after moving from the dining area.

COLOUR COMBINATION:

Cool Color Meanings (calming): Blue, Green, Turquoise, Silver The Colors of Calm. Cool colors tend to have a calming effect. At one end of the spectrum they are cold, impersonal, antispectic colors. At the other end the cool colors are comforting and nurturing. Blue, green, and the neutrals white, gray, and silver are examples of cool colors.

In nature blue is water and green is plant life - a natural, life-sustaining duo. Combine blues and greens for natural, watery color palettes. Heat up a too cool color palette with a dash of warm colors such as red or orange. If you want warmth with just a blue palette, choose deeper blues with a touch of red but not quite purple or almost black deep navy blues. Cool colors appear smaller than warm colors and they visually recede on the page so red can visually overpower and stand out over blue even if used in equal amounts. The profiles for each of these cool colors include descriptions of their nature, cultural color meanings, how to use each color in design work, and which colors work best together.

Warm Color Meanings (exciting): Red, Pink, Yellow, Gold, Orange

The Colors of Excitement

Warm colors rev us up and get us going. The warmth of red, yellow, or orange can create excitement or even anger. Warm colors convey emotions from simple optimism to strong violence. The neutrals of black and brown also carry warm attributes. In nature, warm colors represent change as in the changing of the seasons or the eruption of a volcano. Tone down the strong emotions of a warm palette with some soothing cool or neutral colors or by using the lighter side of the warm palette such as pinks, pale yellows, and peach. Warm colors appear larger than cool colors so red can visually overpower blue even if used in equal amounts. Warm colors appear closer while their cool counterparts visually recede on the page. The profiles for each of these warm colors include descriptions of their nature, cultural color meanings, how to use each color in design work, and which colors

Mixed Cool/Warm Color Meanings: Purple, Lavender, Green, Turquoise

The Colors of Intrigue

Colors with attributes from both the warm and cool colors can calm and excite. These are colors derived from a mix of a cool and warm color such as blue and red or blue and yellow. A cool blue and a warm red combine to create deep purples and pale lavendars. To a lesser extent, shades of green, especially turquoise and teal, also have both the warming and cooling effects born of warm yellow and cool blue. Some light neutrals such as cream, pale beige, and taupe evoke some of the same warm and cool feelings of purples and greens. The opposite or clashing color for purple is green and for green, purple. The profiles for each of these mixed colors include descriptions of their nature, cultural color meanings, how to use each color in design work, and which colors work best together.

Neutral Color Meanings (unifying): Brown, Beige, Ivory, Gray, Black, White

The Colors of Unity. The neutral colors of black, white, silver, gray, and brown make good backgrounds, serve to unify diverse color palettes, and also often stand alone as the only or primary focus of a design. Neutral colors help to put the focus on other colors or serve to tone down colors that might otherwise be overpowering on their own. To some extent blacks, browns, tans, golds, and beige colors are considered warm. While white, ivory, silver, and gray are somewhat cooler colors. Yet these warm and cool attributes are flexible and more subtle than that of reds or blues.
• The profiles for each of these neutral colors include descriptions of their nature, cultural color meanings, and how to use each color in design work.

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