There are colors we like, and there are some which we like less. Different colors are characteristic of our childhood and adult life, as different periods of life mean different emotional processes. Sometimes we may feel uncomfortable in one of our clothes, yet, in a few days, we gladly wear it. It is not a mere coincidence that colors influence our mood, strengthen or weaken some of our characteristics, affect the workings of our body.
Red: The color of fire.
To the warmest part of the color spectrum, heated and intense emotions of human relationships can connect, for example bravery, passion and sexuality.
It has very intense physiological effects: it increases muscle tone, adrenaline selection and liver function. It increases and deepens breathing, can cause blood pressure to rise, so it should be used in a room where not relaxation, but activity is important. It is a vibrant, attention-grabbing color, which can even cause a headache.
If painted on a wall, it makes space feel narrow.
The chakra belonging to this color is the root-chakra, which symbolizes stability and the family.
Orange: The color of the Sun.
A warm and eye-catching color, the expression of generosity. It banishes depression brings joy and inspires to move.
It increases the amount of oxygen in the brain and invigorates the body, so it is a perfect choice in our study or office or for additional things we use during work. It strengthens the lungs, pancreas, spleen and stimulates the heart. It has a good effect on appetite and digestion, it can relax or vex so if painted on a bigger wall, one should consider a lighter hue.
The connecting chakra is the sex-chakra, which represents accretion and knowledge.
Yellow: The color of sunshine.
A warm color, closest to the light of the sun, it radiates warmth and enthusiasm. It is the symbol of fathers and teachers.
Just like orange, it is great in a working room as it invigorates thinking, refreshes and enhances creativity. It normalizes low blood pressure, has a positive effect on the respiratory system and detoxifying organs, it stimulates the entire nervous system and digestive system. It dispels depression and gives you confidence.
Yellow walls make space feel bigger. Too much yellow can be disturbing, so it is not advised to paint a baby’s room with it.
The connecting chakra is the solar plexus-chakra, which symbolizes human relationships and undigested problems.
Green: The color of nature.
The color of tranquility, healing and renewal, it reflects friendliness. It is the middle color of the rainbow, it brings balance and harmony into our lives.
It gives hope, makes us charitable and unselfish, brings us closer to nature. People who like this color are confident and generous. It relaxes the eyes, reduces blood pressure, has a soothing effect on the nervous system, it is effective in case of exhaustion, it normalizes migraine headaches. Lighter hues dilate space, darker hues narrow space. It is best in the bedroom.
The connecting chakra is the heart-chakra, which symbolizes love.
Turquoise: the color of our modern age.
It is the symbol of connectivity and mass communication. People who like this color are open and sensitive, they are hones with a great imagination, they are intuitive persons. It is the color of honest people, who speak they way they think, not the way others want them to.
It helps to get rid of emotional pain and dissolves bitterness.
Blue: The color of the sky and the sea.
It is the symbol of cleanliness, intelligence, wisdom, deepness, honor and truth. It radiates the feeling of peace and calmness, so it is perfect in a space where we relax or rest. It is also the symbol of faith, which incorporates hope, trust, honesty, loyalty and cleanliness. In English it is also the synonym for sad, because too much blue can make one feel depressed. Light blue has a cooling affect and decreases blood pressure while deep blue is sedative, can be of help in case of disruptions in the nervous system. Optically it expands space. It calms a racing heart and enhances concentration, so it is perfect in the room of hyperactive children.
The connecting chakra is the throat-chakra, which symbolizes communication.
Purple: The color of spirituality.
Though it is the shortest color of the spectrum, it has the most amount of energy. It inspires for spiritual openness. It is the color of knowledge, resignation, enlightenment and mysticism. Purple is the combination of the clean and cool blue, and the forever moving red, therefore it harmonizes the left and right hemisphere of the brain, creates a balance between our male and female sides, between earth and sky, intelligence and emotion. It has a spleen and lymph stimulating effect, it relaxes, banishes insomnia and has a positive effect on our nervous system.
It is a fashionable color, which if combined with silver, has an extravagant effect.
The connecting chakra is the crown-chakra, which symbolizes spirituality.
Pink: The color of femininity.
Pink symbolizes the characteristics associated with femininity and motherhood, like caring, unconditional love, empathy, caring about ourselves. It creates harmony between giving and accepting love. It speaks of tenderness and romance. Decreases aggression, it relaxes, gives self confidence and radiates love.
It is the favorite color of children’s rooms.
Brown: The color of the earth.
It is the symbol of motherhood, caring, fertility, diligence and tradition. It is the color of stability and belonging. It is the expression of material being. It creates a harmony between or health and bodily needs. The color brown gives emotional stability, radiates peacefulness and brings calm into our home. Robes of the Franciscan monks were brown because brown is means renouncement, trust and silence.
Darker tones can make our home somber, we should use it with joyful and vivid colors.
Black: The color of the night.
Black is not a color, as it is created from the total lack of colors. It lessens pain, increases endurance and inspires for perseverance. Perhaps this is the reason it became the color of mourning and depression, as these are the times when one needs these physiological effects. A person who likes black is disciplined, independent and radiates power and dignity.
It highlights other colors. It is very elegant with white, but it can also be rigid and impartial.
Grey: The color of ash.
Grey means impartialness. Both optically and psychologically, it is a passive color.
If strong color are too intense for us, we still don’t have to expel them from our lives. Use a different hue f the color, or a pastel version. With the help of warm (red, orange, yellow) and cool (blue, green, purple) colors, we can not only alter our mood, but can affect or sense of temperature even with 2-3 degrees. Colors have an effect on us on their own, but they reach their potential when combined and in an interaction.