COLOUR EFFECT ON PEOPLE
General guides to colour self help
- In its natural form it is daylight.
- Helps the mind to be open, clear and receptive.
- Not good if feeling isolated or cut off as it encourages depression and body chills.
- Dark and severe reds tend to have the ability to over-stimulate and agitate.
- Helps with blood pressure, cold hands and feet and hypertension.
- Brighter oranges are very social and gregarious.
- Deeper oranges like terracottas are very warming.
- Helps with muscular tension and liver disorders.
- Falls between yellows and oranges.
- Less irritating to the nervous system than yellow.
- Very beneficial for pain in the joints and arthritis.
- Bright sharp yellows are very tiring and can trigger migraines and travel sickness.
- Helps tissue renewal and constipation.
- Soft yellows used with bright blues are good for mental stimulation and growth in children.
- Those greens often referred to as Kelly Green are found to energise the central nervous system.
- Used with clear blues and pure white this type of green encourages physical activity.
- Assists blood circulation and helps concentration.
- Think of the ‘green room’ used by an actor prior to a performance.
- Very soothing with anti-stress qualities.
- Promotes an even and steady heart rhythm and harmony.
- Between blue and green, helps if there is emotional anxiety or hyperactivity.
- Useful to balance blood sugar and insulin levels.
- Cooling and helps encourage rest.
- Helps self-reliance.
- Balance for over-activity.
Dark Bright Blues
- Immune boosting.
- Certain types of headaches and bilious stomach-ache can be corrected with this colour.
- It is this deep blue-violet that has been used in medicine bottles over the years.
- Useful where fear is stopping activity.
- Mix of violet and red.
- Nurturing, promotes intuition, meditative and insightful.
- Positive effect on the pineal gland.
- Described as blue/pink.
- Helps with lack of co-ordination, recent shock and excess stress.
- Darkest hues of this colour are formal and austere and may feel unwelcoming.
- Blending of two neutrals.
- As a mid tone colour it has been used to denote cool rational thinking.
- Helps heavy metal toxicity.
- Too much of this colour is demotivating.
- Earthy blend of orange, ochre yellow and black.
- Denotes dependability.
- Can make individuals feel secure and stable.
- Darkest form of orange.
- Black equates to lack of light – night – and is used to rest mind and body.
- Self-sufficient and hard – it is used during periods of extreme change and trauma.
- It can be protective and has been used traditionally to signify death and mourning.
Information collated by Carolyn Atkinson, Resene Colour Consultant, 2004.