YELLOW – the colour of the sun. Yellow stands for light, optimism and joy. It allays fears and depression. As shades of yellow has a detoxifying effect, it proves effective when used in areas to treat rheumatism, liver disorders and immune deficiencies. Yellow makes small spaces appear larger. As it promotes concentration and creativity as well as having a stimulating impact on conversation, yellow is the ideal colour for conference rooms and rooms used by children.
The colour of the sky emanates peace and quiet, trust, and the feeling of yearning, but it may also have a melancholic effect. Blue has a positive impact on sleeping disorders and inflammations. It aids clarity in train of thought and language ability. It is also associated with water, heaven, remoteness, harmony, loyalty, understanding, providing a cool and balancing effect. Small rooms appear larger when they have received a coat of blue paint. Blue is often used for rooms destined to be places for relaxation, especially in bedrooms.
Brown and earthy shades emit the feeling of being safe and secure. As far as colour therapy is concerned, brown is used to offset balance disorders. Brown is associated with stability and strength as well as being down-to-earth; it has a cosy and pleasant effect. Rooms that have been decorated in shades of brown have a country-like and balancing atmosphere. Earthy tones such as beige, ochre or sienna can be used in virtually all types of rooms and spaces.
Pink is synonymous with girls. But, in truth, this is far from being the case. Pink shades are gentle colours that are generally reflected in nature as blossom. The hues embody the following characteristics: idealism, order and compassion, but also convey a hint of snobbishness and dominance. According to experts, pink is the ideal choice for bedrooms as it reduces aggression and soothes the spirit.
Green is the colour of nature; it has a calming and harmonising effect and stands for hope and security. This colour is associated with ecology, peace and the feeling of naturalness and comfort. Nevertheless, green can also conjure up the feeling of envy. When used to decorate rooms, green conveys the feeling of peace and quietness, safety and creativity, and is thus ideal for office environments, even if it “only” appears as indoor plants.
If rooms are painted in white, it does not necessarily mean that the reason for doing so was one of laziness. There may have been very good reasons for choosing white to decorate a room in the first place. White stands for purity, clarity and innocence. The colour also symbolises light, decency, peace, neutrality as well as starting afresh. White not only has a cooling effect, it is also festive, timeless, tranquil, light and makes spaces seem bigger. White is ideal in colour combinations for rooms. It lightens and stimulates spaces.
Purple stands for creativity and eccentricity. A diva, but one that can achieve so much in room decor: purple is the result of mixing together red and blue, coupled with a little mysticism. Purple stimulates creativity, calms the nerves and has a penchant for spirituality. When used to decorate rooms and spaces, it emits a calming effect and is therefore often used for reception rooms.
Optimists go for orange – it symbolises joie de vivre and brightens up the spirit. This warm colour is a true energy booster, creating a friendly and invigorating atmosphere. Rooms decorated in orange encourage socialising and emanate a cosy atmosphere. Orange is the ideal colour for rooms that do not get much daylight as well as for kitchens and dining rooms.
A shade that lies somewhere between bluish-green and greenish-blue. Refreshing, airy and uplifting. This blend of colours conveys a positive feeling and awakens memories. It represents the colour of one’s soul and is the colour of friendship. In colour therapy, turquoise is used to combat all types of infections and allergies. It is supposed to aid in restful sleep, to encourage the metabolism, to help inhibit inflammation – and generally to strengthen and protect the immune system.
Red not only stands for love and passion, but also symbolises vitality, energy, aggression and fire. It is a powerful colour and has a warming effect, mobilising and activating, but it can also “stir up feelings". In a positive respect, it stimulates the circulation, metabolism and the immune system. Consequently, red should only be used in rooms as a stimulus because too much of this colour can lead to restlessness.
Grey can be considered the diplomat in the colour spectrum as it conveys total neutrality and restraint. It is associated with age but also wisdom, objectivity and discretion. When used to decorate rooms, grey is ideal in a colour combination and highlights other colours.