Color Therapy

Colors have a profound effect on individuals and can affect us on a physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual level. We look at how you can choose the right colors for your home, to create a positive and happy environment

Colour or chroma therapy is an alternative method of healing, through the use of colors. When we gaze at colors, different energies are absorbed, as each color has its own frequency and vibration. “We are constantly surrounded by a free flow of colors, through nature, the clothes that we wear and space where we live or work. At different stages of our lives, we feel attracted to or repelled by different colors, depending on our emotional and mental needs,” says Amisha Mehta, an artist, and color therapist.

“If we do not receive a balance of the seven colors in the spectrum, our metabolism can be affected. For example, the lack of natural sunlight can cause lethargy, tiredness, and depression. There is no such thing as a good or bad color. While color can have beneficial qualities, the same color can also have a detrimental effect on us. Usually, too much of any color will tip the scale. Thus, one must be careful while designing a home’s interiors and choose colors that aid the well-being and harmony of all the members residing in the house. Colors should be clear, bright, or light. Muddy or dirty colors, reflect the negative aspect of that color. There is nothing wrong with deeper rich tones if they are also not murky in appearance,” suggests Mehta.

The importance of colors in Vastu Shastra

The sun is the source of light and helps to sustain life on our planet. There is a direct relationship between the sun and the science of Vastu Shastra, as each direction has one color that influences it in a positive way, points out Mumbai-based Jayshree Dhamani, a Vastu and astrology expert. “Sunlight appears to be gold in color but it contains seven different colors – violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red. Each color has a different wavelength. Suitable colors in the right direction enhance the health and prosperity of the home’s inhabitants. If the wrong colors are used, then, it creates stress and conflicts in the minds of the inmates,” Dhamani adds.

Ideal colors for different areas of the house

  • Ceilings should always be white or in an off-white color, as it reflects light.
  • Natural shades like green (which symbolizes life and growth), yellow (stability), orange (cheerfulness), and blue (aids concentration), are recommended for children’s rooms.
  • For the temple area, it is best to use purple or lavender, as it is associated with spirituality, peace, and wisdom.
  • Orange evokes excitement and enthusiasm and is apt for an exercise room.
  • Avoid excessive use of black and grey, as it can give a depressing feel.
  • Red helps in increasing appetite. So, add subtle touches of red on the dining table, with red flowers or red table linen.
  • Bedrooms should be done up in soothing colors, such as pink, peach, light yellow, green, and other light colors.
  • The color pink is associated with romance. Similarly, red is the color of passion but avoid too much of it in the bedroom, as it leads to aggression.

Vastu guide to home color selection for different directions

DirectionRuling Planet
Colour
East
Sun
White
West
Saturn 
Blue
North
Mercury
Green
South
Mars
Coral red
South-west
Rahu
Green, pink
South-east
Venus
White, silver
North-west
Moon
White
North-east
Jupiter
Golden yellow


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