Have you ever walked into a room and felt your energy change dramatically? Did a calm sweep over you or did you get antsy and uneasy? What do you think caused this shift? Anything in common with these experiences?
How about this – what color were these rooms? Did the color directly or indirectly influence your emotions or what you were feeling?
For most of us, our world is full of many different colors. What we don’t always realize, and sometimes take for granted, is the impact that these colors have on us throughout the day. Sit all day in a room painted a light shade a blue and I’m betting you will be a lot calmer then sitting in a bright red room.
Colors, working through vibrational energy, have an impact on us. They also can influence our chakras or the major energy centers throughout our body (want to learn more about your chakras – check out my book Chakras and Auras: A Practical Guide to Your Energetic Body). In very basic terms, each chakra in your body is associated with a different color and is a point in which your energy flows. Introducing the color associated with the chakra can help open up and activate the flow of energy and movement in the respective chakra.
So, if you want to be more active, looking at something yellow may boost your mood. Whereas if you want to communicate better, focusing on a light blue color activates your throat chakra and you may find words flow easier for you.
Now, imagine that you were in one room for hours on end without the ability to leave of your own free will. What color would you want that room to be? How would you want that room to make you feel?
Now think about if you were the one choosing that color for another person. That is exactly what parents do every day when they pick out nursery colors and decorate their children’s rooms.
When many women are pregnant they have ideas and dreams about what their ideal nursery will look like. Usually, the wall color and decor have a lot to do with stereotypical gender colors or the latest fashion-forward trend. Want to paint stripes on a wall – go for it! I am not here to judge. What I am here to do is to give you some insight and advice into what paint colors to choose for the rooms your child will be spending a good amount of time in – and remember, that room may likely be your bedroom for the first few months (or longer).
For my daughter’s bedroom, we spent a lot of time trying to decide what the perfect color would be. I wanted something that would stimulate one of the “higher” chakras – something that could help her with communication, inner wisdom or her connection to a higher source.
In the end, we went with a light shade of purple, activating her crown chakra and allowing her to connect with higher wisdom. There are also pops of blue and indigo throughout her room to activate her throat and third eye chakras.
Perhaps even more important than the color of her bedroom, I took the color selection of her playroom just as seriously. I knew from the start what I envisioned this playroom to be about. For my daughter, a playroom is not just for creativity and imagination, this is also a spot where therapy takes place and people spend time with her to help her achieve new milestones. With that comes frustration and grumpiness. I wanted a color that would help give her the willpower and motivation to push through, even if she didn’t feel like doing another obstacle course. A color that would give her the courage to keep going on a task even when she was tired and wanted to give up. For us, yellow, stimulating that solar plexus chakra, was been a great choice.
For some general guidance, these are the colors and associations that go with the major chakras. I encourage you to do your homework and figure out which colors will work best for your individual and unique situation.
Root Chakra – Red – Safety, securing, base needs met
Sacral Chakra – Orange – Creativity
Solar Plexus Chakra – Yellow – Courage, self-esteem, willpower
Heart Chakra – Green – Loving, nurturing
Throat Chakra – Light blue – Communication, speech
Third Eye Chakra – Indigo – Inner sight and wisdom
Crown Chakra – Violet – Connection with divine
So no matter if you are painting your first nursery or thinking of re-doing the kitchen, why not consider incorporating some vibrational energy in the form of chakra colors into your design scheme?