Color is something we create as we interact with life and light. A very basic description of what color actually is reveals a bit of the practical magic that color can bring to life.
What we see as color is actually a reflection of waves of energy. White light contains a full spectrum of visible colors at once, all energy waves together. When we see a color — like a red apple — what we are actually seeing is waves of “red” bouncing off an apple that our eyes can then perceive as what we know to be red.
Colors have layers of meaning and effect upon us, and if you want start adding more color to life, add more light to life! Open windows to let in sunlight and bring more full-spectrum light bulbs to your home and office!
Remember: intensity matters! Deep, intense colors have a more profound impact on our emotions than lighter, more pastel shades, so if you're looking for a big effect, choose rich shades of your favorite colors.
You can mix your intentions with color in so many ways. Your wardrobe, your clothes, your furniture and your walls can all be changed with color. Even the colors you use on social media and websites have a big effect on perception.
There are many amazingly simple ways to experiment with color that you can try today! Here are a few things to know to get you started:
1. Yellow adds lots of warmth and radiance to space and life.
In traditional feng shui, the center of your floor plan (if you draw it out and make a big X through it from corner to corner), is a great place for yellow to create a grounded and healthy space. Yellow can make your eyes tired, so it isn't a great color for notepads and website backgrounds. Yellow is also a color associated with stimulating the intuition in some schools of thought.
2. Green represents the Wood element in feng shui, promoting change, growth and flexibility.
Studies pioneered by environmental scientist Robert Ulrich have shown that seeing a leafy landscape full of trees while healing from an illness can increase the healing rate.
Wear green to do yoga or write with a green pen when brainstorming. Adding green where you need to be more creative — even the color of your iPad case! — is a fun way to integrate more of this wood spirit into your days
3. Blue in feng shui represents the water element, the start of the cycle of nature.
Blue can boost self-esteem and help you to communicate more clearly. It can help with creative problem-solving and even in calming anxiety. Dieters take note: blue is an appetite suppressant for many. In large doses, blue can be introverting and overwhelming, so take it easy with blue to maximize its benefits.
4. Red galvanizes action and can raise your heart rate.
Red is a color associated with fire, an element that sparks rapid change in a feng shui sense. Red is magnetic and powerful: just a bit does the trick
Red doors, associated with traditional feng shui, are thought to welcome in more prosperity. One controversial study in the UK suggested that women who wear red on first dates are more likely to get a second date!
5. Violet is a great color for meditation rooms and other spaces where spirit prevails.
Violet is associated with wealth in the feng shui bagua map — used often in the far left of a home from the entrance door to amp up the prosperous energy.
Violet is more “spacey” than it is social, so less is often best in rooms meant for socializing.
6. Orange is a fabulous color to mix into décor where you want to add warmth and cheer to life.
Orange is associated with health, and it's a great color to use when healing from an illness. Deep orange is uplifting in small doses and yet pastel or coral and peach shades can transform walls and really make a room happier.
And the “not-really-a-color” color:
7. Magenta doesn’t have a single wavelength of its own, like other colors in the rainbow do.
Considering that it's halfway between red and violet in wavelength, you might think we should see it as green … but instead we come up with magenta in our brain. This is part of the reason that magenta is associated with magic! I always write my wish lists and to-do lists in magenta. Try magenta in places that could benefit from more imagination and some positive energy.
Have fun painting your world with more dynamic intention!