Colour Therapy part 3 - How does colour effect emotions?

How does Colour effect emotions?

With there being a multitude of Colour hues out there, that afford us plenty of scope to influence our own environments which can ultimately benefit us emotionally. Some of us are afraid or reluctant to use colour, however, clever use of colour at home can act as a healing tonic in our everyday lives.

Using Colours in the home

When using colour in the home environment, we all have our own personal choice. Particular colour choice though can help towards providing a specific 'feeling' for a space and well being, which is a nice added bonus.

Below I have put together some suggested uses of colour in the home, workplace and other various environments, and the effects these colours can produce. Violet

  • Calming for body and mind.

  • Good for meditation and prayer.

  • Enhances purpose and dignity.

  • Heightens our awareness and helps us to give of our very best.

  • Purifying.

Suggested Areas of Use for the colour Violet: Places of worship Entry areas to clinics and hospitals Festival areas Pale violet in bedrooms.


  • Sedative

  • Helps to open up our intuition

  • The colour of divine knowledge and the higher mind.

Suggested Areas of Use: Not suitable for areas for entertainment but for more 'quiet' places Bedrooms Treatment rooms Some people find indigo is helpful for studying so this colour could be used as part of the decor of a library or study.


  • Calming, relaxing and healing

  • Not as sedating as indigo.

  • Also the colour of communication.

Suggested Areas of Use: Any rooms except those used for physical activity or play.


  • Balancing,

  • harmonising

  • encourages tolerance and understanding.

Suggested Areas of Use: Depending upon the shade, can be used for most areas Use with other colours/colour as well to avoid the balance and harmony becoming more like total inactivity and indecision.


  • Stimulates mental activity

  • Promotes feeling of confidence

  • Helpful for study as it helps us to stay alert.

Suggested Areas of Use: Activity rooms Entrance halls Not for bedrooms as yellow can interfere with sleep since it tends to keep our minds "switched on" Not ideal for areas of possible stress.


  • Warming and energizing

  • Can stimulate creativity

  • Orange is the colour of fun and sociability.

Suggested Areas of Use: Any activity area and creative areas Not ideal for bedrooms or areas of possible stress.


  • Energizing,

  • exciting the emotions

  • Stimulates appetite.

Suggested Areas of Use: Any activity area but red needs careful choice of tone and depth and the space in which it is to be used as it can make a space look smaller and can be claustrophobic or oppressive. However, used well, red and its variations can make a space feel warm and cosy. Often used in restaurants.

Magenta Magenta is the eighth colour in the colour spectrum and is a combination of red and violet, thus it combines our earthly self and spiritual self,

  • thus balancing spirit and matter.

  • It is uplifting and helps us to gain a feeling of completeness and fulfillment.

Suggested Areas of Use: Lecture spaces Chapels halls etc Not ideal for play rooms or activity rooms.


  • soothes and nurtures

  • It helps to dissolve anger

  • encourages unconditional love.

Suggested Areas of Use: Ideal for a baby's or child's bedroom.

Black / Grey Black used with another colour enhances the energy of that second colour Black gives us the space for reflection and inner searching.

Suggested Areas of Use: Not ideal as a single colour, but when used with care,can enhance and complement other colours in almost any situation.


White contains all the colours.

  • emphasises purity

  • illuminates our thoughts, giving us clarity.

Suggested Areas of Use: Any room, but it can be a little intimidating to some. Needs to be broken up with another colour or with plants/ornaments/pictures etc.

Here is a great website that will help you to get some ideas and inspiration for any room

I can't emphasise enough the power of Colour, both possessing positive and negative qualities. But I encourage you to embrace it whilst choosing wisely!

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