Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Charkras and Chromatherapy

Since the beginning of time, color has had a powerful and personal impact on our psychology. Ever present, even in our sleep, it is a driving force for our emotions. Red is the color of passion, green of serenity, purple of nobility. Coca-Cola hopes that by merely seeing their branded version of red, it will evoke a thirst that can only be quenched by them.
As a designer, our color choices have an immediate and impactful meaning for our clients homes. Creating a mood would be impossible without the use of color, even if the desired effect is the absence of color.
Chromatherapy is a healing method which uses color and light to help balance that which may be lacking in our bodies, whether it be physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. Using the Charkra system developed by Indian Ayurvedic healers we can see how the different colors in the spectrum correspond to our emotional selves.

Violet- Top of the Head: The most meditative of the colors. Used to sooth organs, relax muscles and calm the nervous system. Best used in meditation rooms and nurseries.
Indigo- Forehead: Promotes perception and intuition. It is applied in health treatments for the eyes, ears, nose and is often used to treat addiction. This color, when used sparingly, can bring focus to a study area or office.
Blue- Throat: Promotes peace and infinity. It is believed to relieve headaches and migraines, stomach pains and cramps. A blue scarf around the neck may support those in public speaking and the vocal arts.
Green- Heart: Creates a harmonizing effect. Promotes relaxation and detoxification. Again for a space of healing or family gathering space where peace and grounding may be needed.
Yellow- Stomach: Promotes feeling of freedom. Strengthens the metabolism and the nervous system. Yellow is great in an entry way or a room where energy is needed. Be warned though that yellow is not the optimal color for a study, especially for the those dealing with ADD/ADHD as it has been known to stimulate the brain.
Orange- Pelvis: Orange evokes compassion. It symbolizes the sun and makes us alert and cheerful. Orange is used to treat depression, discontent and pessimism. Orange is a nice choice for common areas, family rooms and kitchens.
Red- Lower Body: Associated with loyalty, courage and perseverance. Red, the color of life and desire. Said to increase blood pressure and circulation. For decades red has been used in a dining area to stimulate conversation, appetite, and digestion. Some designers will argue whether it is an appropriate color for the bedroom. On record to say that my entire bedroom is BM Affinity Moroccan Spice and I adore it and I don't know anyone who has been unhappy with red in the bedroom.
Later I will speak of adding this therapy, along with aromatherapy, to the spaces of your home, such as the bath and bedroom. I would encourage you to experiment with the colors based on your Chakra needs and be bold.