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Healing Color Combinations by Ayurvedic Type

Healing Color Combinations by Ayurvedic Type

Does the color of some rooms make you squeamish? Itchy? Antsy? Does the color  of other rooms make you soft? Calm? Wonderfully wobbly and weak in the knees? It  is no secret that we all respond to color, and each of us responds differently  to different shades. Color has a profound effect on us that can influence our  moods and energy with the simple flick of a hue.

AFM Safecoat paints has a system for Healing Paint Colors for Your Ayurveda Type that shows you  how to find emotional balance through the use of color. The company does  business on a “health first premise”–their paints meet the highest standards of  environmental responsibility, and also contain no toxic ingredients such as  solvents, heavy metals, chemical residuals, formaldehyde and other harmful  preservatives.

The Ayurveda Essence color system takes the health premise a step further by  offering interactive tools to help you manipulate subtle aspects of your  environment to promote optimum wellness. There are 108 colors in three groups of  36. (I like how the number 108 surfaces frequently in sacred numerology; but I  just like numbers.) To keep it simple, they created three micro palettes that  correspond to the three major constitutional types of East Indian medicine:  vata, pitta, and kapha. Once you know which type you are (see next page), you  can select colors accordingly: whether the colors are hot or cold, warm or cool,  calming or stimulating, uplifting or grounding, moist or dry, etc. Eastern  healing has generated many practices that promote harmony, created to relieve  stress by helping us understand how to create balance in the day-to-day.

East Indian traditional healing proposes that there are five elements that  can be simplified into three groups known as constitutional types or dosha. The  elements are ether, air, fire, water, and earth. Ether and air are grouped  together and known as vata. The vata constitution is akin to the ectomorph: of  lean build and a thin frame. Fire stands separately as pitta, and the pitta  constitution is akin to the mesomorph: an individual with a moderate frame and  musculature. Water and earth are grouped together and known as kapha. Kapha  types are akin to the endomorph: substantial in mass. Most of us are hybrids of  the dosha types (such as vata/pitta or pitta/kapha), but a key point is that it  is usually the aggravation of our primary dosha type that creates imbalance and  disharmony.

The Ayurveda Essence palettes are grouped together as such:

Ectomorph/Vata/Air and Space: A palette of muted and subdued  earthy tones

Mesomorph/Pitta/Fire: Complex colors with a cooling and  calming orientation

Endomorph/Kapha/Water and Earth: A palette of vibrant and  stimulating colors with warm overtones

As a whole, Ayurveda Essence incorporates colors that range from deep and  chromatic brights to the muted lights and neutrals. The steps in value between  colors has been designed with an eye toward a harmonious contrast. This design  feature automatically eliminates the kind of clash that can result from colors  which are too close to one another in value, and makes the creation of  monochromatic schemes easier. The key difference among the palettes is how they  handle chromaticism. Each micro palette is constructed to avoid those portions  of the color spectrum that would be the most aggravating to the respective  constitution–they are very balanced.

AFM also has another tool to abet you in your trek towards wellness: a set of  17 healing color combinations. You can visit this page to see the color combinations, and while you are  there you can click on the individual links on the left navigation column to see  colors by Ayurvedic types: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

If you don’t know what your Ayurvedic type is, find out here: Which Ayurvedic Type Are You?

By Healthy Living Editors

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What’s Your Birth Color?

What’s Your Birth Color? (Chart)

The “Color Wheel of Life” follows the progression of the seasons,  showing  what colors they’re associated with and what qualities they  bring to life.  Whether you’re picking inspiring colors for the objects in your living space,  seeking crystals for healing, or just trying to understand more about the  influence different colors have on your mind, this chart (below) can help you  discover the color you were born to. Crystal Vaults describes how to start using it:

“The wheel is read in counterclockwise order.  Start from the  winter solstice at the top and follow the color wheel and the  year  around to the left. The second inner ring shows the days of the year as   the year and the color changes progress through the greens of spring,  the  yellows of summer, and the reds of autumn.”

To discover what your birth color is and what it means, you can explore the  chart below. What’s yours? Share with us in the comments!

(Credit: Crystal Vaults)

Healthy Living Editors

Healthy Living offers more than 10,000 ways for you to improve your life,  your home, your community, and even the world. From the latest healthy and green  news to simple DIY tips, our informative and inspirational content empowers you  to make a difference.

7 Home Color Tips from a ‘Color Whisperer’

7 Home Color Tips from a ‘Color Whisperer’

Jeanette  Chasworth is a designer who specializes in color and the author of the newly  published book, What’s Color Got To Do With it? She is often called a “color whisperer.” She can go into a room and communicate with it, intuiting the  colors that are needed based on the client’s desires and the messages she picks  up from all of the objects in the room.

Having worked with energy in my own Feng Shui practice for many years, I love  the way that she sees color as a way to energetically shift the room so that her  clients feel as if the room is embracing them. She likens it to the way you feel  in your favorite outfit…”as if you can do anything. That’s what you should feel  in your home,” Jeannette continued, “empowered, relaxed, happy. What does a hug  feel like? Safe, warm, and comforting.  Your home can do that for you  too.”

Jeanette’s most asked question is how a client can change their space for the  least amount of money. The answer is always color,  which is often something that can leave people feeling stuck when working on  their home.

I asked Jeanette to tell me about the emotional and physical effects  of color and to talk about color do’s and dont’s:

“Color affects us every day. It can drain you, make you  hungry, calm you down, or invigorate you. We all have color in our homes and how  we use it affects our lives. We all have unique personalities and so does color.  Every color can create a certain “energy” in a room and it needs to match the  people in it.

I often get clients that are in a place of change…new home, new career, or  even someone who has died. Our homes are a mirror of who we are and when there’s  a change in our lives, we need to reflect it in our home.  I have found it  really helpful in people dealing with the last stages of grief. They are  rediscovering who they are and have to make some changes in order to find that  person. Some take the opportunity to finally get a piece of furniture they  always wanted or to create their dream kitchen or bathroom. Combining old  memories and making room for new memories is really important.”

What are seven color do’s and don’ts that you run into most often  that might help us in choosing color for our own homes?

1. Don’t Paint Your House White Because You Don’t Know  What to Do: Somewhere, somehow we got the idea that a white house was perfect. It made the house seem bigger and look fresh and  clean. Well, maybe, but it’s also hard to keep that way, and most  people like a little more color in their lives. Do you dress in all white every  day, or eat all white food every day? Most likely not; as humans, we want  variety. Your home is no different.

2. Don’t Pick a Color Because it’s Trendy: You need to pick  a color for YOU!

3. Don’t Paint for Resale: Too many people paint with the  idea of resale in mind. This works if you are actually selling the house  immediately but often that’s not the case. Would you go out on the street and  give the next person walking buy all the money for your remodel project? That’s  what you are doing if you design just for resale. You don’t know  what the next person will like or who they are, so how can you pick something  that they will buy? Look around your home — how much have you changed from the  previous owner?    Typically people live in a house for several years.  It’s important that it fits who you are and your needs first, not the next  people who may buy it.

4. Don’t Play it Safe Just to Be Safe: Many people will  select light colors or pastels because they think they will make it look bigger.  This is a huge myth. It’s not how dark or light a room is but it’s how much  light the paint reflects. A barely off-white blue can suck light out of a  room.

Always get a sample and always paint a large sample on the wall, particularly  in doorways where you can see into the next room. See how the color changes  throughout the day because it will. Test it to see how much light is reflected;  the one that reflects light is the one that will make your room look bigger.

5. Do Be Bold: Don’t be afraid to go into the middle of the  paint sample strip. Most people play it safe with the lighter colors at the top – the first or second sample. Don’t be afraid to look at the third, fourth, and  fifth samples. Don’t be afraid to have accents of the darkest colors at the  bottom.

You are an amazing and unique person and it’s important that the colors on  your walls have as much character as you do. Are you bold? Go bold! Don’t  be afraid. Reach into that inner you and ask… what color am I?

6. Do Look Up at the Ceiling: This is the  forgotten element of most homes. Most people think it needs to be white, and  when asked why, the answer is always, “It’s supposed to be white.” Says who?  Start really looking around you when you are in public places and you will see a  lot of other colors. You can paint it a lighter shade of your wall, the same  color as your wall, or if you want, something really bold – darker than the  walls. Just think about doing something a little different and see how much it  changes your room.

7. Do Think About What Mood You Want to Create: Color  creates a mood and each color has specific moods that it creates. Think about  how the room will be used, how you want to feel in it. Do you want to relax or  do you want to re-energize? Color can influence all kinds of things from how  much you eat to how much you sleep. Use it as your friend to improve your  life.

By Erica Sofrina

Erica Sofrina

Erica Sofrina is a  motivational speaker, author and life coach specializing in connecting people to  their spiritual essence. She is also an Internationally recognized Feng Shui  speaker, green living columnist, teacher and the author of the book Small  Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World and the Founder of  the West  Coast Academy of Feng Shui.  She is also the founder of Earth Spirit  Adventure Travel which takes people on retreats to powerful energy vortexes such  as Bali and Hawaii to facilitate their deep earth/spirit connection. Find out  more at www.ericasofrina.com

Feng Shui Home Color Guide

Feng Shui Home Color Guide

 

The ancient art ofFeng Shuiacknowledges  the profound affect of  color on our  physical, emotional and spiritual  well being. According to Feng Shui colors are  connected to the five elements from the natural  world; fire, earth,  metal,  water and wood and play a significant role  in balancing our living spaces.

This is called the Five Elements theory and  it is at the foundation  of Feng  Shui and Chinese medicine. These  elements also have objects, shapes,  seasons,  body organs, chakra’s and  colors connected to them, but the color component is  often the most  powerful.

Listed below are the main rooms of the home and the best wall color choices  for them according to Feng Shui principles. Keep in mind there are other schools  of Feng Shui which may differ. This list comes out of the Western Form School philosophy which  is the one that I  write about and teach.

Use these suggestions as guidelines only. Pay attention  to  your intuition. It is our inner Geiger-counter and is always  seeking  health and balance. The colors you feel passionately about are  most likely the ones that you  actually need to surround  yourself with. Make sure the colors you choose are the ones  that make your heart sing!

Bedrooms:

  • Best colors: Earth tones, flesh tones pastels including  light sages, colors that are more muted.
  • Don’t recommend: Bright colors, fiery colors such as bright  reds, purples, pinks or oranges. Dark colors such as black, brown, greys, navy  blue or dark green are also not recommended.
  • Why? Bedrooms should be calm spaces to promote rest and  rejuvenation. The earth element is best in bedrooms to support being grounded.  Too bright colors are too active for bedrooms and too dark colors are too  depressing. We want the right amont of restfulness but not to the point that it  is depressing.For children’s bedrooms, make sure to NOT paint them purple or  pink. Use  a more restful sage green and accessorize with the purples and pinks   only. These are far too fiery for bedroom wall colors and most likely  you will  find you child will love the room during the day but won’t want  to sleep there  at night. See my article on Yin and Yang for a balanced home and Feng Shui for Children’s and Teen’s Rooms

Bathrooms:

  • Best colors: Earth tones, pastels, whites
  • Don’t recommend: Blues, dark ‘watery’ colors  such as  black, grey, navy, dark brown or green
  • Why? Bathrooms already have a lot of the water element  represented by mirrors along with water from the pipes. More blues adds more  water, creating an even greater in-balance. Earth, however, balances the water  element in the five elements cycle and brings this very watery room back into  elemental balance.

Kitchens:

  • Best Colors: Earth tones as well as brighter colors
  • Don’t recommend; Reds, black, navy blue, grey, dark brown,  dark green
  • Why? Kitchens should be happy active (Yang) spaces but they  also already have a lot of fire and water. The best element to balance both is  the earth element represented by earth tones and terra-cottas. These can be  bright yellow, golds, rich terra-cotta or any other brighter color. The earth  element supports being grounded. In kitchens we are working with fire and  knives, which are unsafe. Using colors from the water element such as black,  grey, dark blues, greens and browns promote a feeling of un-groundedness, they  can also be too depressing for what should be a more active and happy  space.

Dining Rooms:

  • Best colors: Earth tones, sage greens, pastels, more muted  colors
  • Don’t recommend: Reds, unless you want to eat a lot more… red stimulates everything, including appetite! Black, grey, navy blue, dark  green or dark brown are also too watery.
  • Why? Dining rooms should be calm, peaceful spaces. Earth  tones promote groundedness, which is what we need for good digestion. Use any  color that is more muted that you love, but make sure it is not a color from the  water element such as black, grey, navy blue, dark green or dark brown.The same  principles apply here as in bedrooms.

Home Office:

  • Best Colors; Brighter colors are fine for these more active  (Yang) spaces. Choose any color that you love. White and cream colors are  excellent for home offices because they represent the metal element which  supports mental clarity.
  • Don’t recommend; Darker tones or any color that reflects  the water element which is too floaty and ungrounded.
  • Why? Home offices should be more active so that you can get  things done. You can use the bolder colors here. This is not the room to be so  cozy that all you want to do is curl up and read a book!

Living Room and Family Rooms;

  • Same as Bedrooms and Dining rooms. Make them cozy and earthy with more muted  colors.

Exercise Rooms, Laundry Rooms, Hallways, Garages, Study Rooms and all  other rooms :

  • These are all active spaces and can be painted  brighter colors. Choose  the ones that you love and make your heart sing!

Tone it Down

Best rule of thumb for color is to tone it down two notches. The  color you choose on the swatch will not be what shows up on your walls.  If you  choose one or two colors lighter than that one, this will be closer to the  actual color you thought you choose once you get it on your walls,

Be careful with red. The color red comes from the fire element  which is meant to stimulate and get things moving. Use it sparingly in the rooms  that should be more calming spaces such as bedrooms, dining rooms and living  rooms. It is best to use reds for accessories, but not as wall color. If you are  passionate about having a red wall, choose a more muted red such as a burgundy  or a plum purple.

Live with it First

In working with my clients choosing color for their home, I always recommend  they get smaller cans of paint and paint the color choices (I always choose  three per room) on large sheets of construction or art paper, then tape them to  the walls and move them around. Live with them for several days so you can see  what they look like in different light. They may be considerably different  during the day than the night.

Painting is a commitment of time as well as finances. Don’t be in a hurry and  choose the wrong color. Also remember if it seems too bright for the more active  rooms, once you get the furniture in and art up, it will look very different and  may work out fine.

Go Green!

The best brand I have found for low VOC and non-toxic paint is Mythic Paint. Check them out and see if you can find a place  that carries it near you. Their ultra low odor paint provides the durability and  coverage you expect from premium paint without the off-gassing and  cancer-causing toxins that continue to emit years after drying.

If you would like a free Five Elements Color map which lists the  objects, shapes and colors that represent the Feng Shui five elements, click here, Enjoy!

By Erica Sofrina, Author of Small Changes Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western  World.

Erica Sofrina is a nationally recognized Feng Shui teacher, speaker and  author and the Founder of the Academy of Feng Shui. She is the author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western  World.

Erica Sofrina

Erica Sofrina is a motivational speaker, author and life coach  specializing in connecting people to their spiritual essence. She is also an  Internationally recognized Feng Shui speaker, teacher and the author of the book  Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World and the Founder  of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui.  She is also the founder of Earth Spirit  Adventure Travel which takes people on retreats to powerful energy vortexes such  as Bali and Hawaii to facilitate their deep earth/spirit connection.

 

Using Color to Empower Your Life

Using Color to Empower Your Life

Most of us feel passionately about color. We love some and are repelled by  others. Our tastes also change over time. I remember how passionately I loved  blue as a child and, as an adult I couldn’t get enough of yellows, golds and  earth tones. My most favorite colors now are  Indigo blue combined with  gold and pumpkin-orange. They absolutely make my heart sing and it never ceases  to cheer me up when I see this combination.

The ancient art of Feng Shui acknowledges the profound affect of  color on our  physical, emotional and spiritual well being. Colors are  connected to the five  elements from the natural world; fire, earth,  metal, water and wood. They play  a significant role in balancing and  healing every aspect of our lives. In  paying attention to the colors we  are attracted to, we are tuning into our  body’s natural instincts which can help us come back into alignment.

This is called the Five Elements theory and it is at the foundation  of Feng  Shui and Chinese medicine. These elements have objects, shapes,  seasons, body  organs, chakra’s and colors connected to them, but the color component is often  the most powerful.

The chart below lists the element, what it is about and what colors will  enhance it. Surrounding yourself with colors from the element that you are  working with will strengthen your energy field. You can do so  by wearing more of this color and/or bringing it into your living space. Just  make sure that you don’t overdo the fire or water element in the bedroom which  should always have more of the earth element to promote groundedness and solid  sleep. (See Feng Shui for the Bedro

The Colors of the Five Elements and How to Use them

  

Fire: when you are working with issues around decisiveness,  assertiveness, motivation and passion, or lack there of, bring fire colors into  your living space and wear some fire colors. Fire Colors: The  entire red spectrum which includes pink, red, orange, coral, purples. Red’s  however can come in many different hues. The ones closer to red will have more  energy, think fuchsia. Those with more blue will be cooler,  such  as purple. Pastel pinks are considered the metal element with a hint of  fire. Wear pink to inspire lightheartedness and romance (Feng Shui for Romance).

Earth: When you are working with fertility issues, being and  feeling more grounded in your life and getting organized. Earth  Colors: Taupe, gold, yellows, medium brown, terracotta and earth tones.  Gold is considered the happiest color on the planet. Think ‘sun‘.

Metal: When  you are working with mental  clarity such  as focusing on a new project at work, studying a new  subject or when you need  some back bone. Metal colors are important  when you feel the need to lighten up  and develop your child-like qualities and/or you are working with children. Metal Colors:  whites and pastels (pink, light green,light  blue, light yellow) and metallics.

Water: When you are  working on developing your  spirituality, practicing mindfulness,  connecting to intuition and learning how  to tune into the synchronicity  of the universe. Water Colors = Black, dark gray, dark and navy blue, dark green, deep  purple and Indigo. Blacks can be overwhelming so don’t overdo them, especially  in the bedroom!

Wood: When you are  working on personal growth, growing or  expanding your business, planting  the seeds for a new project or working with  health and/or family  issues. Wood Colors: medium green and  medium blue, turquoise. Medium blue is the most favorite color and actually  belongs to the wood element, not water. Darker blues  belongs to the water  element.

If you would like more information on how to work with color and the Five  Elements, I am offering my readers a free copy of my Color Five Elements  map (PDF format) like the one shown  above.  Click here for your free copy.

By Erica Sofrina, author of Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western  World.  Erica Sofrina is an Interior Design and Feng Shui specialist and founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. One of her specialties is  color consultations for home and business.

Healing Color Combinations by Ayurvedic Type

Healing Color Combinations by Ayurvedic Type

Does the color of some rooms make you squeamish? Itchy? Antsy? Does the color of other rooms make you soft? Calm? Wonderfully wobbly and weak in the knees? It is no secret that we all respond to color, and each of us responds differently to different shades. Color has a profound effect on us that can influence our moods and energy with the simple flick of a hue.

AFM Safecoat paints has a system for Healing Paint Colors for Your Ayurveda Type that shows you how to find emotional balance through the use of color. The company does business on a “health first premise”–their paints meet the highest standards of environmental responsibility, and also contain no toxic ingredients such as solvents, heavy metals, chemical residuals, formaldehyde and other harmful preservatives.

The Ayurveda Essence color system takes the health premise a step further by offering interactive tools to help you manipulate subtle aspects of your environment to promote optimum wellness. There are 108 colors in three groups of 36. (I like how the number 108 surfaces frequently in sacred numerology; but I just like numbers.) To keep it simple, they created three micro palettes that correspond to the three major constitutional types of East Indian medicine: vata, pitta, and kapha. Once you know which type you are (see next page), you can select colors accordingly: whether the colors are hot or cold, warm or cool, calming or stimulating, uplifting or grounding, moist or dry, etc. Eastern healing has generated many practices that promote harmony, created to relieve stress by helping us understand how to create balance in the day-to-day.

East Indian traditional healing proposes that there are five elements that can be simplified into three groups known as constitutional types or dosha. The elements are ether, air, fire, water, and earth. Ether and air are grouped together and known as vata. The vata constitution is akin to the ectomorph: of lean build and a thin frame. Fire stands separately as pitta, and the pitta constitution is akin to the mesomorph: an individual with a moderate frame and musculature. Water and earth are grouped together and known as kapha. Kapha types are akin to the endomorph: substantial in mass. Most of us are hybrids of the dosha types (such as vata/pitta or pitta/kapha), but a key point is that it is usually the aggravation of our primary dosha type that creates imbalance and disharmony.

The Ayurveda Essence palettes are grouped together as such:

Ectomorph/Vata/Air and Space: A palette of muted and subdued earthy tones

Mesomorph/Pitta/Fire: Complex colors with a cooling and calming orientation

Endomorph/Kapha/Water and Earth: A palette of vibrant and stimulating colors with warm overtones

As a whole, Ayurveda Essence incorporates colors that range from deep and chromatic brights to the muted lights and neutrals. The steps in value between colors has been designed with an eye toward a harmonious contrast. This design feature automatically eliminates the kind of clash that can result from colors which are too close to one another in value, and makes the creation of monochromatic schemes easier. The key difference among the palettes is how they handle chromaticism. Each micro palette is constructed to avoid those portions of the color spectrum that would be the most aggravating to the respective constitution–they are very balanced.

AFM also has another tool to abet you in your trek towards wellness: a set of 17 healing color combinations. You can visit this page to see the color combinations, and while you are there you can click on the individual links on the left navigation column to see colors by Ayurvedic types: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

If you don’t know what your Ayurvedic type is, find out here: Which Ayurvedic Type Are You?

by Healthy & Green Living Editors

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