Colours play a very important part in our lives and most of the time, we do not realise how and why. We go out shopping buying clothes, food, furnishings all of which involve choosing colours. Colours in food have health benefits; colours we wear and surround ourselves with can have mood changing effects all of which we are completely unaware of when shopping. So should we not try and understand their meaning and perhaps consciously choose the colours we have in our homes, personal belongings and any item of importance?
Sadly though, when it comes to colour, we tend to follow the trend and the latest fashion rather than considering our personality, mood and the healing power of any colour you may be considering or disregarding simply because it is 'in' or 'out' of fashion and trend. Growing up I had always thought that people wanted to be different; but in actual fact we do not want this and go along with whatever is in fashion and popular whether we realise it or not. As an estate agent, I noticed the wave of change in peoples' home decor; all magnolia walls or now, all grey! The fashion magazines announce their verdict on the 'new colour of the year' and off we go changing our wardrobes, walls and accessories. I guess it keeps the heart of consumerism heating.
After some study and research into 'colour psychology' I was amazed to find out just how powerful and life enhancing it can be by simply understanding and having awareness of colours and introducing the correct ones for us into our lives consciously and knowingly. So I have decided to defy the modern, the fashion and the dictated and will be choosing to make some changes to my way of thinking about colour when I am next purchasing an item.
Here are some brief meanings to some of the most common colours to help you get started on your journey should you choose to do the same:
BLUE: Increases calmness and peace, represents honesty, kindness & vitality.
RED: Increases stamina, energy, passionate and angry.
GREEN: Represents harmony, peace, nature, emotional acceptance & balance.
YELLOW:Increases creativity and personal power, happy, optimism & courage.
ORANGE: Assists emotional expression, enthusiasm, warmth & affection.
PURPLE: Stimulates intuition & universal flow, healing & imagination.
Enjoy - Samia
Your home is where you start and end your day and so it should not come as a total surprise to us that our living space plays a key role in forming our moods and the level of energy we may have to give to our day. Our mood at the start and at the end of the day has a huge effect on our behavior, our self-esteem and how we interact with people we are close to; our families, friends, colleagues and the world in general. It can determine our attitude to life and so determine an outcome of any situation as a positive or a negative one.
Scientific research has shown that it is very difficult for a human mind to function healthily without it being in harmony with its' surroundings because the mind cannot live independently of its' environment. Therefore for me, it is crucial that my home is clean and organised. It helps with my overall well-being because I can find things when I need them, it allows me to be sociable because I want my family and friends to enjoy my home and create a positive environment in which my interactions with others helps me to build confidence which in turn gives me empowerment over how I want to live my life.
You may want to read....'the life changing magic of tidying up' by Marie Kondo. It was New York Times best seller.
Clearly the benefits of having a clean and a organised home are numerous; but one of my favorite reasons for having my home clean is that it makes me happy and so it allows me to be creative and play a conscious and an active role in my life in a way which reflects my personality and my values.
I can truly feel the meaning of the words....'home is where the heart is.'