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The Importance of Colours in our Lives

Updated on October 2, 2009

I love looking at my drawing room, which is done up in shades of white and red, with some splashes of yellow. These are the colours that I enjoy looking at; that give me pleasure! Colours can certainly alter our mood or have a positive or negative impact on us. There is an entire branch of study devoted to Light Therapy, Colour psychology and Counseling! Colour and light therapy has its roots in ancient healing systems, but has been studied and developed by modern scientists and medical specialists for application in its present form.  This therapy teaches you how you can use colours in your environment, your home, place of work and even your clothes. Colour and light therapy includes healing through visualization and special breathing techniques too. Colours are thought to have different energies, which can be channeled into our bodies.

Did you ever walk into a room and feel a certain sense of calm comfort come over you, or feel invigorated and rejuvenated simply by looking something, say beautiful tree or bunch of flowers? Have you thought that it could be just the colour that you see which has this impact on you? Colour can affect our moods and mental state. While some colours can be uplifting, some seem to depress us. Similarly some colours can inspire while some don’t have quite that effect on us.

Even generally speaking, we tend to associate certain colours with certain moods: red is generally associated with passion, heat, excitement. Green represents new beginnings, rejuvenation fecundity. Yellow is generally viewed to be a happy, sunny colour, blue is viewed as cool or cooling. White is the colour of peace.

There are social and cultural connotations to colour as well: for instance while orange could be viewed as a bright cheerful colour in the west, in Indian symbolism it is representative or sacrifice and valor, especially in the battle field.  Whereas in the west brides wear white, in India widows wear white. Red in India is the colour for a married woman, the colour of her bridal attire, the vermillion in the parting of her hair, the colour of the bangles she wears!

What colours can do is alter our perception of what we see, so that if you have a rather small room, colouring it in light colours can make it appear larger. With the right colours you can create a serene haven in your room that can soothe and calm. 

So it is a good idea to do some serious thinking about what colours effect you positively and make an effort to surround yourself with them, because colours are thought to effect growth and sleep patterns, nervous system and even sexual behavior! Perhaps you have noticed that?

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      Fahd Mehmood Khan 5 years ago from United Arab Emirates

      i am also working on Chromo water and efects of colors on human body.

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      Mamokete 6 years ago

      What is the meaning of grey and brown colours?

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      sometingsomething 6 years ago

      i needed sm points 4 ma eng orals............FOUND DEM!!! thks so much

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      mohit 6 years ago

      i do not like to draw

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      Sudarshana 6 years ago

      It's very colourful

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      ji0u890 7 years ago

      it's wowwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!

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      NP.QUEEN 7 years ago from Dubai

      Hi Reena,

      It is true.Colours will affect our mood.Try to go through my hubs also.Thank you.

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      sareena 8 years ago

      its mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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      Reena Daruwalla 8 years ago from INDIA

      Thanks BK, I do just seem to gravitate towards red. There is quite a preponderance of it in my closet as well.

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You are so right about color! I have finally added my favorite - red - to my living room and then the rest just seems to be happening.

      I posted a picture in a hub about painting my living room red with zero VOC paint. It just makes me feel so good. And contrary to what people think - it won't overpower you - you'll immediately get used to it - but when you look at it - you can say 'ah!' - great hubs you have.

      Thank you!

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      wordscribe41 8 years ago

      Thanks for this hub. It's so true that colors affect our moods. Certain shades of green are very relaxing to me, that's why my bedroom is sage. Pink puts me in a bad mood. Blue (light blue, like the sky) makes me happy. For all of these reasons, that's why paint colors are so important. And so darn hard to get right! Welcome to HubPages.