Hues that Heal

Colours have an influence on various spheres of our life and impact our emotions. Read on to find out more…


So is your room just a room or can it actually brighten your day? Have you observed that when you enter a room, you experience good or bad ‘vibes’? This is because our mind often subconsciously ‘notices’ the energies of the colour transmitted within a room — which, in turn, impacts our emotions.

Adding a new colour to an environment can elicit a positive or negative response. It has been proven by various therapists and experts that colours trigger hormone production, which in turn influences our entire biochemical system and thus our emotional well-being. We also respond differently to different colours. For instance, those in the red part of the spectrum (red, orange and yellow) are stimulating and passionate, while those in the blue/green part of the spectrum (green, blue, indigo and violet) are calm-inducing and symbolize connection to nature.

Colour therapy dates back thousands of years, to the ancient cultures of Egypt, China and India. Colour is simply classified as light of varying wavelengths visible to the naked eye… thus each colour has its own wavelength and energy. Therefore, it is important to understand the significance of a particular colour shade before selecting it for your home. Here is a general idea of colours that can help enhance the atmosphere and function of a specific room.

Living rooms
The living room should be full of vibrant colour shades and patterns to keep the atmosphere and conversations lively and dynamic. The best colours suited are yellow, beige, tan, green or blue. Bright colours like yellow and beige can bring positive energy into the room to invoke happiness and cheer. Blue and green are soothing colours and generally reduce stress.

Pink is ideal for the master bedroom as it represents love and passion. It is the universal color of love, which makes it a perfect colour to soothe the energy around a room. The ‘gentle’ version of this colour is popularly used in bedrooms, although its bolder avataar, the Magenta Pink, is also seen in interiors. Light green and light blue are the other colours that create a soothing effect, and are therefore suitable for bedrooms.

Meditation and study rooms
For a meditation or study room, solid calm, subdued colours, with no patterns are recommended. A subtle shade of violet or purple is ideal. Associated with the crown of the head, violet is seen by colour therapists as a powerful tool associated with the nervous system. It is believed to impact you on physical and psychological levels, and is linked with the higher self and the psyche. The colour can be used to promote creativity and inspiration, religious health and mental health. It is therefore a good choice for therapeutic spaces such as meditation and study rooms.

Dining rooms
Dining rooms should feature ‘appetizing’ colours that are pleasing to the eye. Light shades of pink, green and blue are appropriate for these areas. Dark colours like black or white or a combination of black and white should be avoided as these colours are less conducive to eating.

Green is great for the kitchen as it represents purity and cleanliness. The kitchen is a place of nurturing, for both self and family. It is the part of the home closely associated with nature and so the wood element needs to be strongly represented here. The colour that does this best is green. In colour therapy, green is known for its positive action on the digestive system and is the key for activating energy in this area of the home.