PROPERTY NEWS - Like music, which we can only hear within a certain range of frequencies, colour can only be seen within a limited spectrum.
Colour is essentially electro-magnetic energy that allows us to see, and experience, the colours red, yellow, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet, and the more than 10-million hues, shades and tones that derive from mixing those.
There are thoughts that because the human eye is only capable of seeing three colours – red, green and blue – and the merging of those that create other colours, that there may be a whole spectrum of new colours that are beyond our current visual capabilities.
Comprehending that concept is made easier by the discovery of infrared and ultraviolet, which exist beyond the visible colour spectrum and that require interventions for them to be visible.
However it is believed that bees can see ultraviolet, and snakes, infrared.
Vibrational energy impacts
Even if influenced by trends, when we use colour we are actually being impacted on by associated vibrational energies. Those energies can be subtle or strong, too little or too much, and whether you realise it or not, the use of colour in your surroundings has a direct effect on your behavior.
A boy of 12 years, diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), over a six-month period, had become exceedingly more aggressive and was easily frustrated.
This coincided with his support and passion for football club Manchester United whose team colour red via branded soft furnishings, dominated his bedroom.
Red is an exceptionally strong colour, which when over-used can frustrate and provoke anger. Simply changing the curtains and pillowcases from red to the calming softer tone of cream reduced a red over-stimulation by 50 percent and the young boy’s aggressive behaviour diminished significantly.
A recently widowed woman of 77 years would weep uncontrollably when entering the bedroom. This room, decorated in varying tones of blue, was the one in which she and her husband had shared more hours together than any other space in the house.
While the colour blue is ideal for bedrooms because of its calming effect, its over-use can be depressing. The introduction of peach to replace many of the soft furnishings improved the widow’s depression and allowed her to feel more able to cope with her loss.
Stages in our lives, events and even health can be improved through the use of colour. Colour therapists recommend that when choosing colours for a home it is far better to make decisions based on the emotion a colour produces rather than applying logic or standard formula’s, such as those that suggest partnering opposing colours.
When the choice of a colour may appear inappropriate or too overwhelming, for example on walls, using it as highlights and in soft furnishings can still create a sense that it is the dominant colour.