October 16, 2018
“Color is an amazing source of energy and has a sensory effect on all of us. It affects our moods, our feelings, and even our behaviors.” Moll Anderson
Chromotherapy is the component of colors to be used for healing the body, spirit and mind. It’s also known as color therapy. Light is composed of colors, and light is also a composition of chemical and emotional elements; as those elements emit heat, magnetism and electricity – colors form. Using different colors can have an effect on the mind, even the body.
Certain clothes we wear can accentuate our features like wearing blue to bring out the color of blue eyes. There are also specific colors that are used to express emotions like wearing black when in mourning or attending a funeral; much like a bride wearing white on her wedding day – there are traditions associated with wearing specific colors, but they are also used to symbolize our current state. We may also feel naturally more confident wearing a certain color or a color that gives us a little pep in your step. By choosing colors that suit our personality, we may find ourselves performing better in our personal and professional lives. The same applies to colors within our living spaces. Evidence shows that how we respond to colors conveys a message and can be used to trigger certain feelings and emotions.
Examples of Colors and Their Reactions
White – White is pure and clarifying to the senses. Surrounding ourselves with white can make our space feel clean and help to clear our minds, making it a great color for a thoughtful or relaxing space. Its simplicity makes it ideal to establish clarity or contrast to other colors. A symbol of regeneration, white activates serotonin production, boosting energy and working to regulate sleep. It’s also effective in helping to rebalance hormonal and psychological systems for individuals suffering with seasonal depression.
Yellow – The color yellow is meant to stimulate creative thinking. It can be associated with light which creates a feeling of hope and warmth. Yellow is a color that can brighten a space. It’s also the most noticeable color and leaves a warm, satisfying impression. The fun, brightness of yellow also invites personal power and humor to the soul. Because it’s the brightest color in chromotherapy, it also helps strengthen the nervous system, aid in digestion, purify the skin and strengthen internal tissues.
Turquoise/Blue – Often used in spas or resorts to promote relaxation, turquoise is stress reducing and serene. Think Mediterranean, the blue waters and tranquility. Turquoise is associated with clarity of thought, spiritual grounding, patience and loyalty. It evokes feelings of friendship and happiness, making it a great color to accent spaces to promote peace and a refreshing, calm energy. Experiencing frequent headaches or colds, muscle tension? Not to mention nervous energy, liver disorders or stress have all been shown to be positively affected by the color blue. Both physical and mental pain can be subdued by incorporating strong blue shades.
Red – Bold, powerful, rich; the color red demands attention and is ‘dressed to impress’. It also signifies passion and love or excitement. Red is also known to increase the body’s metabolism which may make it a common color to be used in the bedroom, the gym or outside. It’s invigorating to the senses and is believed to increase blood pressure and pulse. A splash of red can assist the functionality of circulation and nervous systems.
Green – The color green brings about harmony and balance. It’s the most restful color for the human eye and represents freedom and fertility. Street signs are often green because it’s used to contrast against the white letters making the combination easiest to read. There are some negative emotions that can be triggered by the color of green depending on the shade. But often green is used to enhance a space with natural elements and invite a spirit of delight. Green is also associated with providing a calming effect to the human nervous system and helps to fight irritability. Insomnia and psychosomatic conditions such as depression and bulimia have been shown responsive to the color green. Give me all the green!
Orange – The words fresh and invigorating come to mind with the color orange. It’s the balance between the passion of red and the wisdom of yellow, symbolizing endurance and strength. It’s cheerful, like yellow, but awakens the soul like the color red. Orange has been linked to benefits in dealing with things like asthma and bronchitis.
Pink – A color that represents femininity and invites feelings of relaxation and softness, pink has a gentle nature. It can also be associated with things that are sweet like cotton candy or bubble gum. Darker shades of pink spark creativity and invigorate the mind. Acting as a cleansing agent in your veins and arteries, the color pink works to activate and eliminate impurities in the blood.
Purple or Violet – This is a particularly effective choice of color to add calmness to a space; meditation and enhancing purpose, or to purify a space, purple brings a heightened sense of awareness. It can also be a very dramatic, thoughtful color if used in a darker shade. The color violet in the world of chromotherapy has been shown to calm the nervous system, as well as relieve muscle tension. The meditative qualities of purple are also used to treat medical conditions associated with the lymphatic system and spleen, including psychosis and urinary disorders.
Black – Black is often associated with elegance; it’s also associated with death or mourning. However, it also promotes distinction and clarity. It can be used complimentary to enhance other colors, it’s also very classic and bold.
Using colors is a powerful form of communication. Consider some of your favorite pieces of art and how the use of color draws you in, makes you feel something, and allows your mind to wander… Now consider how the application of chromotherapy in your home can change not only the way your space looks, but how it makes you feel.
Color therapy can bring healing energies in to your home or office and can be used to enhance or diminish qualities for a more holistic approach to decorating.
Ready to boost the energy of your home by incorporating chromotherapy?
Here are 6 helpful hints to help you get started on the road to experiencing the benefits of chromotherapy:
1) Consider the mood of your space. If it’s feeling a little grey or melancholy, think about what qualities you want to feel and the energy you hope to invite into the space and get some paint! Dig out your paintbrushes and choose an accent wall! Adding a bold color to any room invites new energy and just might change the way you feel. A splash of red in the bedroom can accentuate feelings of love and inspire a little more romance. Maybe applying a coat of pink paint to the wall in your office will inspire your creativity to flow a little more freely.
2) If you’re looking for a more subtle way to add color in your home, try a bright a bold hue on a unique patterned wallpaper to accentuate your entry for a more inviting feel, or to the master bath to create a more relaxing space, consider a patterned wallpaper using different shades of blue or violet. Select a pattern that isn’t distracting or overwhelming, but brings a mixture of colors, textures, patterns and shades that will enhance the energy of your space.
You could also consider using towel racks for the bathroom to add a fun, textured towel of blue or purple. Complimenting a space with bathroom fixtures and accessories that add a saturated hue can be a subtle addition, and something that can transition from one space to another if you’re looking to connect styles from a bathroom to a guest room, for example.
3) To transition from one season to another or have the freedom to add or accentuate certain feelings at various times of the year, consider accessories like pillows, blankets, art and centerpieces. Adding splashes of yellow during the dreary winter months can boost the energy in a room for a brighter, more inviting space.
Another way to incorporate transitional pieces is to shop for an accent color of navy or black to distinguish it’s design and bring color to an otherwise muted area of your home. It’s also a simple way to apply a personal touch to usable space.
4) Depending on the size of the room or area you are decorating, certain colors work better than others. Orange can make a room look smaller, so it might not be the best color for a small bathroom or bedroom. The color blue is less stimulating to the eye in a kitchen, but could be a great accent color in your living area. To boost creativity or bring in additional brightness in an office space, add pops of yellow.
If you’re working with a smaller bathroom, maximizing the space using over toilet cabinet is a simple way to incorporate color into a space either in contrasting shade of white or using it to display linens or accessories that bring more life into the space.
5) Dark and dramatic shades should be used in moderation to avoid a depressing or sullen feel. But mixing a variety of shades in a single space can help you to avoid the energy of a space from dragging you down. Light and dark blues complement each other well in a study space or exercise area. Look at ways you can add pops of color in your bathroom using a colorful toothpaste holder or flowers.
6) If you’re looking to incorporate chromotherapy into your bathroom, consider a chromotherapy shower head or bath. Installing a shower head, bathroom faucet, or bathtub faucet fixture with chromotherapy technology, you will experience a whole new meaning to the world of color therapy.
By combining our understanding of color therapy and the benefits gained by incorporating the technique aimed to invigorate energy, relieve stress or invite a more positive mood, chromotherapy in the bathtub or shower is the culmination of living a color enhanced life.
Different sensations of water pressure such as rain, cascade, or column in combination with color tones – an explosion of emotions occurs making this experience the perfect start or finish to your daily routine. If you’re looking to maximize your color therapy experience, consider the customizable options at your fingertips using a handheld shower head, or rain shower head. Also bathtub faucet sets with chromotherapy features or modern shower enclosure with customized high pressure shower head – any of these options and more combined with the cool calming colors to warmer, more revitalizing color choices can create a customizable luxury bath experience.
Because the bathroom is an ideal place to incorporate the healing benefits of chromotherapy through modern accessories, you can choose from an assortment of bathtubs, showers and even sinks. All options use a low-voltage LED integrated system by adding regenerative lighting layers to your bathroom.
Chromotherapy can also be added by installing a sauna with color therapy capabilities. Our bodies need light from the sun in order to live and when that light is broken down in to colors, the colors can be utilized as a healing mechanism that can result in better health and harmony. A light, color therapy sauna uses infrared rays to help balance the body’s energy levels regardless of where it’s lacking. Physical, mental, spiritual and emotional health is valuable to our success as human beings; spending time in a sauna with chromotherapy can assist our bodies to heal naturally and address your individual needs.
The use of chromotherapy has been around for centuries, even used by ancient Egyptians and in traditional Chinese healing. Combining the use of modern technology using colors and the traditions of those who lived thousands of years ago can help you to boost your energy levels, invite healing and promote balance to improve your quality of life.
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