Each of the colours in this edition of Colour Styles is represented with its impact on the body chakras and brings together a plethora of colour combinations. The lotus characterizes different groupings according to the 60-30-10 principle to achieve a balanced healthy colour palette. The flower is divided into three shades – the center petal gives the highlight or the accent colour (10%), the two adjacent petals represent the main colour (60%), while the extreme petals show the secondary colour (30%).
Pundarika – White Lotus: White contains all colours of the rainbow and projects a powerful ray of confidence, assertiveness, truth and mental clarity. It is an excellent colour to use if one has mental negativity or lacks faith in oneself. Always versatile and adaptable, whites can be combined with a dash of bright colour to liven up one’s space.
Sahasrara – Crown Chakra: The colour of wisdom, the colour of meditation and the colour of luxury; violet in its darkest values is dramatic, elite and sophisticated. Associated with the crown chakra, it balances physical and spiritual energies, thus increasing intuition and introspection. It is often used in the treatment of epilepsy and nervous disorders. It also aids in strengthening the nervous system and helps in purifying the body. Being the colour of meditation, violet works the best in libraries, bedrooms or a study. Used as an accent colour it gives the room depth and richness. Lavender and lilac, the tints of violet, impart a restful quality to the space.
Anja – Third-eye Chakra: Indigo has a calming, sedative effect on the mind. Related to the brow chakra or the third eye; indigo enhances a sense of responsibility and stability. Indigo is a great colour for the bedroom as it is believed to cure insomnia and soothe stress. It is a colour related with intuition, imagination, fearlessness, loyalty and empathy. Indigo needs to be balanced with a complementary colour as too much of indigo can generate a feeling of depression and loneliness.
Vishuddha – Throat Chakra: Blue creates calming, tranquil effects that harmonize our conscious awareness to the subconscious mind. Associated with the throat chakra it is believed to enhance communication skills and aid artistic expression. Blue is also believed to bring relief from migraines, itching, jaundice and eye irritations. This serene and calming colour is said to bring down blood pressure and slow down respiration and heart rate. Blue is a perfect colour for the living room; one can opt for warmer shades such as turquoise or cerulean.
Anahata – Heart Chakra: Synonymous with the colour of nature, green acts as a balancing agent in healing as it stabilizes all the vibrational influences around us. The use of this colour promotes an attitude of acceptance and can inspire and nurture our ideas and feelings. This colour is extremely beneficial to someone with low immunity or high stress and is also known to aid relief in ailments like asthma or bronchitis and is effective in treating hyperactivity in children. It is also a great colour for balancing blood pressure, the nervous system and the heart. Green is ideal for the rooms where you wish to relax after a stressful day, like the living room or bedroom.
Manipura – Navel Chakra: Awakening, inspiring and stimulating, like the rays of the sun, yellow awakens our mind and spirit. A strong colour psychologically, yellow enthuses confidence and optimism. It can be thus effectively used for more lethargic conditions such as laziness or lack of enthusiasm. Associated with the stimulation of internal mind, yellow helps break through inhibitions and creates a more fun and carefree attitude towards life. One can use yellow almost everywhere – cheerful yellow for a teenager’s room as it sharpens memory, deep gold for a dining room as it aids digestion, buttercup yellow can be very effective in a child’s room.
Being the centre-most chakra, green balances all the other chakras, creating a sense of well-being and harmony. Green is also the colour most abundantly found in nature, and symbolizes renewal and rejuvenation. Green can be incorporated easily into all kinds of interiors, and pairs well with cool, as well as warm hues. So go green this year to stay up on the trends, while enhancing the feel-good factor in your home.
Svadisthana – Sacral Chakra: Orange is associated with the sacral chakra and regulates circulation and metabolism. Orange is in fact quite similar to yellow in the effect it has on us. The only difference is that orange works more closely with the emotional strength compared to the psychological effects of yellow. It is said to alleviate depression, kidney and lung problems and is beneficial in treating pancreatic and digestive problems. Orange is a great colour for office spaces and entertainment areas as it increases creative energy and concentration. It is also a good colour for an exercise room.
Muladhara – Root Chakra: Red is linked with our root chakra and provides the power from the earth. It is a great colour to be surrounded by when you are feeling drained out of energy or down and out. A highly earthly and magnetic colour it can stimulate the core emotions of human being – love, passion and warmth and can create a sense of balance between your emotions and expression. Different shades of red have different effects – a bright red is used to increase vitality and inhalation, while a dark ruby is associated with enhanced vigour and willpower. It’s a great colour to use as an accent in a living room to create warm and cozy atmosphere, or in the dining area where it stimulates appetite. However, one needs to be cautious as an excess of red can over stimulate and possibly promote aggression.