Colour therapy for the home

From bland to bold, colourful décor updates could do more than change a room’s look. Studies have found that colours are able to improve one’s mood, reduce stress and spark creativity.

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We researched colour therapy, formally known as chromotherapy, and how colours could be used to create a happy and harmonious home…


Ravishing red

Red is a powerful colour that demands attention. It’s known to increase enthusiasm, stimulate energy and inspire confidence. However, red has also been found to increase blood pressure, pulse rate and respiration. Use red in your home sparingly and preferably in spaces where you want to inspire action and confidence, like a home gym for example.

Memorable yellow

Yellow in a room helps stimulate the mind, encourages communication and activates one’s memory. Apparently this fresh colour symbolises hope and yellow ribbons were worn as a sign of hope years ago when women waited from their men to come home from war. Consider adding yellow to your home office to help stimulate creative thinking and communication.


Blue healing

Did you know that blue is one of the most popular colours? Amazingly, research conducted American Civil War General Augustus Pleasonton, published in ‘The Influence Of The Blue Ray Of The Sunlight And Of The Blue Color Of The Sky’ in 1876, found that the colour blue helped boost human healing and improve the growth of crops and livestock.

Blue is a cool and calming colour that represents trustworthiness, dependability and commitment. Bring blue accents into the bedroom to create tranquil space.

Soul soothing green


Green reflects the natural environment and is said to help alleviate anxiety and depression. Research shows that people who work in a green environment experience fewer stomach-aches. Interestingly, green has also been found to improve reading ability. Add green to your home office, reading nook or your children’s bedrooms.

Peaceful pink

Pink represents femininity and is associated with gentleness, softness and calm. While pink is a popular colour for little girls’ bedrooms, studies have found that exposure to pink can calm one’s nerves. So consider adding soft or dusty pink accents to areas of your home where you would like to encourage calm like a reading nook, pray or meditation room.

Creatively purple

Purple was once associated with royalty, when Tyrian purple was only affordable to the elites of the Classical Era. Today everyone can benefit from this uplifting colour, which encourages creativity. For a healthy dose of inspiration, add purple accents to your art studio, sewing or craft room.

Appetising Orange

Orange is the party colour! It’s said to stimulate activity and appetite while encouraging socialising. Add orange accents to areas where you usually entertain, like the dining room, kitchen and/or patio.

So now that we’ve covered some colour basics, what shade would you love to add to your home?

Sources: Wikipedia, Red (About.com and Sensational Color), Yellow (About.com, and Sensational Color), Blue (Sensational Color and Wikipedia), Green (About.com and Sensational Color), Purple (About.com and Sensational Color), Pink (Catalogs.com, Empower Yourself with Color and Wikipedia ) and Orange (Empower Yourself with Color and Sensational Color).


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One response to “Colour therapy for the home”

  1. Amanda says:

    Lovely!!

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