This months guest blogger is Marlene Stanboulian of EnerChi Vibes.
Colour therapy is the colourful wellness movement designed to boost your mood. Use colour therapy in your home décor to bring harmony into your living space; After all, you spend a large part of your time in your home and you want to promote the right types of feelings and energies in every room.
Once you understand what every colour stands for and helps you feel, you can make either drastic or subtle changes to introduce more happiness, energy, romance or creativity into your life.
Colours are inseparably linked to our feelings. Interior designers, branding specialists and artists have used colours for years to evoke specific feelings, influencing our interpretations, decisions and behaviour.
Did you know that the science of colour psychology is used extensively in marketing?
EasyJet rebranded to orange to evoke the feeling of sunny holidays, away from stuffy business trips. Bright colours like orange and yellow helps to make people feel happy and energised.
Quality Street's branding is the colour purple as it is associated with quality and regalness.
How you can use the power of colour in your home
As we learn the attributes of each colour, we too can use this knowledge to create atmospheres in different rooms of our homes. The colours you choose will infuse your living spaces with the right energy and will help you feel balanced and connected on a day to day basis.
As a trained Reiki Energy Healer and colour therapist, I use colour to balance the body’s energy centres ~ also known as chakras. I recognise the importance of using colour in our homes and this is why I have collaborated with McAlister Textiles, to create a beautiful and luxurious range of Chakra coloured soft furnishings that includes curtains, throws, blinds, cushions, draught excluders and yoga cushions to create the ambience that you want to achieve in your home.
Adding pops of colour to a neutral palette is ideal. You can start with a small accent piece – like a red cushion or a purple door stopper. By transforming an entire room with a range of different coloured soft furnishings in one particular colour, can raise your energy levels and balance your chakras.
What are Chakras?
Chakra is a Sanskrit word that translates to 'wheel'. In Ayurveda (ancient Indian medicine) chakras refer to energy wheels throughout the body and are the key to health, balance and alignment. There are seven main chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head, each associated with a different colour. When the chakras become blocked or imbalanced, physical disease or ailments can manifest. The application of the respective colour can correct the imbalances.
Here is where colour comes in. Since each chakra corresponds to a certain colour, by bringing more of that colour into your life may help you rebalance the energy flow within the imbalanced chakra.
The 7 main chakra colours
Red - Root Chakra
This is where we are grounded, supported and connected to our physical selves. It’s a place for stability, balance and physical survival. It is also linked to prosperity and career success.
Red raises a room's energy level. It can stimulate love and romance.
Orange - Sacral Chakra
Relationship with ourselves, our sexuality, emotional range, and creativity. It is also the chakra of fertility and adaptability.
Use orange in your decor to boost your creativity and increase sensuality.
Yellow - Solar Plexus Chakra
This chakra represents our personal power. It governs both self-esteem and self-discipline, radiating positive qualities such as confidence, leadership and mental clarity.
Yellow is the colour of optimism, it captures the joy of sunshine and communicates happiness.
Green - Heart Chakra
Unconditional love for self and others.
Green is the colour of nature and the earth and is very calming and soothing, both physically and emotionally. It helps us to find balance and gives us the feeling of being free. Green can contribute to reducing stress by calming down the nervous system, as well as restore depleted energy.
Blue - Throat Chakra
It is connected to clear and concise communications to our selves and others. When balanced, you are able to authentically express your truth. Blue is a great colour for rooms in the home where conversations are shared such as the dining room as well as a study or home office.
Blue is soothing and calming.
Purple - Third Eye Chakra
Represents intuition or the 6th sense, and is represented by the colour purple indigo. A splash of purple is perfect to add to your relaxing space or meditation/yoga corner, as this is the master chakra of wisdom and spiritual devotion.
Consider using purple for a room that you will use to get your mind to the right mindset for inspiration where you journal, do art, sew or any other inventive activity.
White - Crown Charka
Links us to enlightenment and connection to both spirit and wisdom.
White conveys a feeling of newness and cleanliness. It makes a room feel more open and spacious.
View the McAlister Textiles Yoga Reiki Range here
About EnerChi Vibes
Marlene is a mind, body and spirit coach based in St Albans. Find out more about EnerChi Vibes and Chakra balancing services here.