Do you have a favorite shirt or blouse that you love to wear? Do you own a beautiful outfit that you never feel comfortable in? I be willing to bet that its the color that makes the difference. Years ago I took a course in clothing and colors. It was fascinating, it made me aware of the fact that even though “the little black dress” looks great on some women, it drains all color from my skin.
Colors are very important to Interior Decorators. They know that the right color has an affect on your emotions and state of mind. Did you know that orange and yellow increase your appetite? (Does weight watchers know this?) Greens, purple and blues are peaceful and calming. Red can spark emotions ranging from anger to comfort. Red worn by women is power. I once read that some jails are painted pink as it has a calming nature.
In my research I was fascinated over the use of color psychology as therapy. Several ancient cultures, including the Egyptians and Chinese practiced chromotherapy, or the use of colors to heal. Red to stimulate the body and mind and to increase circulation; yellow to stimulate the nerves and to purify the body; orange to heal the lungs and to increase energy levels; blue to soothe illnesses and treat pain; indigo shades to alleviate skin problems. It is interesting that for years hospital only used white as their color though this has changed in the last couple decades.
So what does this mean? Well, if you find you are having sleep problems what colors are your bedroom walls? If your children go wild in the family room are the walls painted orange? What colors are prevalent in your child’s classroom? Interest in the subject of color psychology is growing and there are many opinions. We all react differently to colors and you need to do your own evaluation of how you react. But for me I will stick to pastels and a bright red when I want to be powerful.
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Ruth Carr RN, MA, CH can be contacted at Behavior Options Hypnosis 203-915-0480.