"Hocus Pocus!", yelled my 12-year old daughter when I recited my recent experience with an energy healer, similar to a Reiki healer. My healer analysed the various life force energies (chakras) of my body and sent healing energy to areas that were disconnected or blocked. This healer had the gift to see the energies in colours, on physical, emotional and spiritual levels. I can't say I felt like a new born baby after the treatment, but she highlighted areas of my being that needed balance, and clearly resonated with the areas I somehow knew or instinctively felt were in need of some attention. The experience did however, reinforce my belief in the power of colours. If our bodies connected, acted and reacted to colours, they had to be profound.
In our body, each chakra is represented by one of the 7 colours of the rainbow. Red for the Root or Base, Orange for Sacral, Yellow for Solar Plexus, Green for Heart, Blue for Throat, Indigo for Third Eye, Purple for the Crown. The chakra colours are fluid and constantly changing with our emotions. Colour psychology explains the connection of colour and how it affects our emotions. Take a look around you, pick any brand advertisement or packaging, or step into a fast food restaurant to see how colours have been exploited to convey messages to the masses. And people respond to them. If your favourite colour is blue, it is telling you someting about yourself. If you can't stand red as colour, you can learn more about yourself by learning about the colour.
Hocus Pocus, you may think, but the job of a healer is to bring balance and harmony to the physical, emotional and spiritual levels of life. Similarly, the job of an interior designer is to bring balance and harmony to your internal surroundings. There are many ways of achieving balance in our interiors, but colours probably play one of the most important roles in striking the balance and harmony. As in the Hindu wisdom, we, interior designers work with the rainbow colours too, but we take the 7 colours and expand them to 12. We tie the ends of the spectrum and make a colour wheel. With the addition of black, white or grey to these 12, we can obtain hundreds of colours, if not all the colours visible to the human eye.
In my work, I take a particular interest in colours as I am P a s s i o n a t e about them and as I believe they can make the single largest impact in the mood and feel of a room - especially handy if you are on a tight budget! This combined with my belief that interior design does not have to be a luxury, I have decided to create and share with you 12 different colour palettes you could try out in your home. I will be posting 1 colour palette per month. I will show you the main colours of the palette, spiced with patterned fabric or a wallpaper for interest. Then, I will show you variations of the palette so you could use them in different settings, whether you are decorating a bedroom (restful place) or a room full of activities (high energy room). If you feel strongly about a colour, you can also upgrade the intensity of the palette or decrease the value for a softer feel.
Hope you will enjoy visualising and using them. Next time you are tempted to decorate all your rooms in white, read this page and think about the balance and harmony colours will bring to your universe of interiors. They can seduce you, excite you, love you, calm you! So, stay tuned!
First Stop in January - working around the all time favourite colour - BLUE. Get inspired! Coming up soon!
For February, if you feel strongly about a particular colour or two, leave a comment at the very bottom of this article with the colour(s) of your choice for a palette.
You can view more inspiring interiors on my Pinterest boards, where you will find 42 boards and over 3,000 pins to choose from!