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How Color Therapy Works

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The world is filled with a wide rainbow of color, and there's no doubt that color can make an impact on mood and emotions. Even little children pick favorite colors, and that same tendency continues into adulthood as you choose a favorite t-shirt, a new handbag or a new shade of paint for your house. In fact, many cultures have ancient belief systems that tie into color. Have you ever heard of your chakras or your aura? Those ancient modalities are making a comeback in the modern world as holistic therapies that claim to know how color therapy works to enhance your well being.

Change Your Life with Color

Colors are simply different wavelengths of light that are absorbed and reflected by objects around us. There are some who believe that those light waves have healing properties. Color therapy healing or chromatherapy is an alternative treatment done by applying various colors of light to injured muscles, afflicted organs or even acupuncture points on the skin. The efficacy of such treatment is widely questioned, but the use of colored lighting to enhance mood and well being is very popular in spas, especially when used in conjunction with aromatherapy and massage. Jetted tubs with colored lights are even available for upscale bathrooms at home.

Using Color in Your Home

You can use simple color therapy techniques at home just by changing the color of your paint, your draperies or your pillows. Interior designers, environmental psychologists and even marketing executives have researched the ways colors can affect a space.

Color Changing Your Mood

  • Purple: Soft shades of purple can be calming and encourage devotion and awareness. Good in entryways, bedrooms or a home office.
  • Blue: Shades of blue are calming and relaxing, with the darkest blues being said to have a sedative effect. Blue is also noted for enhancing intuition. Excellent in a bedroom.  
  • Green: Greens encourage balance, harmony and serenity. Green is great in any room, and is especially good for pairing with other colors to balance the feeling in a room.
  • Yellow: Yellow and orange are both stimulating. Great for an office or a study where you need to stay energized, or a playroom or game room where lots of activity takes place. Not good for bedrooms where it may interfere with sleep and the ability to decompress.
  • Red: Deep shades of red are energizing, but can also magnify intense emotions. Red is also said to stimulate the appetite. Goes well in kitchens or high traffic areas, but use carefully as it can make a space seem small or oppressive.

Pablo Picasso said, "Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions." Follow your heart as you experiment with color in your home as well as other aspects of your life. You may be surprised that seemingly small changes in the rainbow of color all around you can make a big difference.  

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