Colors have always interested me. Red has been known to make bulls angry (though it is probably more likely that the bulls are just angry at the people who aggravate them before a show). Even if bulls may not get angry at the color red, the way colors can affect how you feel should be used for one’s advantage. Ever since I noticed how different colors affect mood differently in third grade, I have been looking more into color’s therapeutic ability. Color therapy is a form of alternative medicine meant to tend to holistic health. This is similar to acupuncture and chiropractic, which are both more commonly known alternative medicines with the same purpose of color therapy. However, unlike acupuncture and chiropractic, color therapy uses something you see whenever you look at something in the light: colors. Color therapy, also unlike acupuncture and chiropractic, does not require a license to be practiced. It is a very simple form of therapy that can consist of seemingly minor acts such as wearing clothing that is all blue. Different colors can induce different feelings.
You can breathe, eat, and drink in total darkness, but it is definitely not recommended trying to do so because of how colors can impact your mood. Light is required to see colors. Some people that live where there are few brighter days in the winter may even get SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), which makes them gloomier in certain seasons than others. Light and colors are taken for granted.
Though there is no purely universal interpretation for every color because people’s experiences and cultures may affect how they perceive a color, there is a general way to understand how color therapy works. For example, warm colors are stimulating: red can make one impulsive, pink can evoke sensitivity, yellow can alertness, and orange can increase self-esteem. Furthermore, blue, violet, and green are more relaxing colors; and brown, white, and black are neutral. You can get a much deeper understanding of colors if you visit http://www.bedroomfurniturespot.com/how-room-color-influences-mood. Colors are more than meets the eyes.
Colors are things that we can see every day. Their commonality makes us take them for granted. An appreciation for colors that I’ve harbored and developed over the years has made me more aware of how colors can heal.
“How Colors of a Room Influence Mood.” How Room Color Influences Mood. N.p., 2012. Web. 02 May 2014.