Where Wellness, Energy And Colors Meet
Think about when you last entered a room and felt an immediate sense of calm, like the gentle caress of a warm breeze on a cool day. That is the feeling all interiors should bring to our lives. There is a crossroads where wellness, positive energy, and interior design meet.
Our interiors impact our daily lives. We now can decide what type of impact our interiors will have on us. Intentional design has come to the forefront of the design world, thanks to early visionaries like Clodagh. Colors impact you and your home in many ways. Let’s look a how you can use colors to improve health, well-being and wellness in your home.
Where Do Wellness, Energy And Design Meet?
Let’s start with reiki & chakra colors
Reiki is a form of energy healing which comes from the Japanese words “rei” (universal) and “ki” (life energy). Revealed to a Japanese lay Buddhist lay monk named Dr. Mikao Usui, Reiki was introduced first to Japan in 1922.
In the world of reiki energy healing, there are energy centers of the body called chakras. Each chakra is represented by a different color. When our energies are working in balance our lives seem to flow. Just as energy flows inside our bodies, energy flows inside our homes.
As we learn about the colors associated with the chakras, we can begin to understand how the colors we use in our homes can create balance and harmony. You don’t have to blanket every surface with one color. Using different shades and subtle touches adds layers and depth to the colors you select. When done well with intention, the layering of the right colors brings a profound sense of peace and well-being.
What Colors Are Associated With The 7 Main Chakras?
The lower chakras: the physical centers
The Root Chakra
Red: The first chakra is located at the base of the spine. This chakra represents balance, stability, security and being connected . When out of balance, this chakra can bring anger and agitation but when in balance, you can experience passion and feel energized. Red candles against a neutral color pallet will balance this chakra. Slip your feet into soft red slippers to pull you back down to earth. Bring an arrangement of red roses into a space for an earthy connection or to increase your success.
The Sacral Chakra
Orange: The second chakra is located just below the belly button. This is the connection to our inner creativity and inner wisdom as well as sensuality. Here you will find your joie de vivre. Not feeling creative? Missing a sense of joy and happiness? Bring some amber colored glass to your work area or kitchen. Consider a spicy orange throw or small rug as an accent. Soft shades of orange are very comforting like a beautiful sunrise while a brighter shade will spice things up.
The Solar Plexus
Yellow: The third chakra is located in the abdominal area. Everything about self-confidence, self-esteem, success, compassion and trusting your gut is located here. When in balance, we approach life with optimism and a complete sense of self-worth. When out of balance, stress, fear, and a lack of control of our situations can occur. A bouquet of yellow flowers or a yellow vase on a shelf is a great way to introduce the color into your interior. Softer shades work well in window treatments while brighter shades are great on accent pillows. In lieu of yellow, gold is the perfect alternative.
The Heart: The bridge between the upper and lower chakras.
Green: The fourth chakra. Here lays the center of our being. The heart chakra represents unconditional love, compassion, forgiveness and source energy. A balanced heart chakra makes us welcoming, accepting and appreciative. When unbalanced, we feel isolated, have conflicts with family and difficult relationships. Green represents, nature and healing. Sinking into a comfortable green chair is a great healing tool. Green plants are great accessories to activate the heart chakra. Most hospitals use green in the design as it is a calming color.
The upper chakras: the spiritual centers
Blue: The fifth chakra is the communication energy center. This is where we speak our truth or bite back our words. Sometimes we have a hard time finding the right words (like we have a lump in our throat) or feel we may be misunderstood. Turquois or soft light blues are the color of this chakra. Family rooms, kitchens and living rooms where we communicate the most can benefit from shades of blue.
The Third Eye
Indigo: The sixth chakra. This chakra is the center of our intuition, provides mental clarity and inner wisdom. When out of balance, we can feel lost or confused about which way to go. Insomnia and restless sleep can also be symptoms. When this chakra is balanced, we can clearly hear our inner voice. A dark blue rug by your bed or dark blue accessories on the nightstand can help with quieting our minds and aid with sleep like a rich dark sky.
Purple: The seventh, chakra located just above our head, relates to spirituality, peace of mind, enlightenment, and a universal connection. White is also connected to the crown chakra, but Violet is truly the color of this chakra. Using rich tones of violet in rooms where you are entertaining create a sense of community and togetherness.
Harmony and Sanctuary
When the colors in your home blend harmoniously and support your physical health, you will feel a subtle yet distinct shift in your sense of well being and peace of mind.
As some of you know, I am a trained reiki master. For years, I have been intentionally designing my client’s homes with the 7 chakra colors. Frequently, my clients do tell me they feel better living in their new surroundings filled with the colors that balance their lives.
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Sharon is the founder of Thyme and Place Design, headquartered in Wyckoff, New Jersey. She’s been practicing kitchen and bath design for the past 40 years and is a Past President of the American Society of Interior Designers – New Jersey chapter.
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