Tuesday, 19 May 2015




The Colours are used in decoration at the entrance, pooja enclosure and main living room. They were dictated by culture, tradition and availability of the natural colouring materials in the area. Only the very rich thought of varying the colours in their bungalows.

The last three decades saw a rapid growth in the middle class population, wherein both the husband and wife are educated and exposed to ad-blitz through media. Many of these households have double income. There is greater amount of disposable income. The house we live in is no longer considered as a roof over the head but a symbol of status and an environment for stylish living.

During yester years, the expenditure on interiors used to be below 10 to 12% of construction cost; now it has growth beyond 50%. Interiors have become more colourful and lavish. The Paint industry has come up with number of types of paints in variety of shades.

This article is about colours and their influence on individuals to guide home owners to make a proper choice to add appropriate ambience to their style of living.

Colour has an influence on our visual perception, also on our moods. While making colour selection, it is necessary to consider all the surfaces of the room as a whole, that is one should consider, colour of the floor or carpet, walls, curtains and furniture. They together act on the sensory perception of the individual. The colours can be used to express person’s individuality and to certain extent to influence the mood of a person.

According to new research findings, colours have profound effect on our physiological and psychological selves. A study has established that even a blind person can sense colours and react accordingly. Dermo-optic vision or bio-introscopy as this vision is known, helps people recognize colours and shapes.

It is wise not to go in for expensive colour scheme. According to our culture, it is desirable to get painting done once in 3 to 4 years. Colours give a fresh look and besides it removes dust settled on walls, remove spider webs, lizards and small household vermin. Cement based paint for the exterior and distempers for the interior should be a wise selection.

According to scientific research, how the colours work on the human system is described as under:

Blue has the effect of soothing nerves, lowering blood pressure and palpitation. Blue helps in treating ulcers, disorders related to back pain. Blue also helps treating tumors and cancer. The colour has been used by many psychologists in treating psychological problems, such as addictions, digestive disorders, impotency and depression.

Green, it has been found, has a soothing effect on the mind. It induces relaxation and is used to treat cases of depression, anxiety, nervousness.

Yellow, it appears, has great energizing quality and can be used to treat depression. It improves apetite, memory. The colour when dark, is supposed to be stimulating. One interesting study has found strong links between street vandalism and sodium vapour lights which are yellow when conditions are favourable as in the case of protest demonstrations. Yellow is also not recommended for rooms where negotiations take place.

Violet has been found to induce peace and balance. It has been used to treat people suffering from migrane.

Black, in lighter shades it has been found to boost self-confidence, but dark colours may induce boredom, depression and sadness. Dark shade is associated with negativity.

Red colour has been found to induce hyphenated / short bursts of excitement. It stimulates heart activity, brain, respiration and blood pressure. The colour supplies short bursts of energetic thinking and has been used in sports activities. The Red colour is recommended by some for those suffering from paralysis, constipation, bladder infections and some skin disorders. Red colour is also not recommended when meetings try to achieve consensus as it is found to induce aggressive attitude.

Purple is associated with low key affairs and gray is mild and indecisive. One might observe many areas of agreement between Vaastu and scientific findings.

Before purchase of paint, it is better if the purchaser gets the answer to the following 3 questions, viz.,

(1) Is the product free of all poisons?

(2) Are the raw materials used as binders and solvents renewable?

(3) Is the product solvent free ?
An individual who cares as to how he spends the money and how he can use it for the family’s well being will do well to take note of the influence the colours exert on one’s daily life as revealed by the recent advances in research in this particular field and accordingly decide the colour scheme of the different spaces of his house.


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