Right from the most scenic places in the world to the screen in front of your eyes right now, you’re bound to find colors.
Did you know that colors have astounding effects on emotions, mind and thought process?
For example, surround a depressed person with black color and he may never overcome melancholy.
On the other hand, keeping the same – yes the very same – depressed person surrounded with lively and warm colors would fast-track the healing process and one day he may be one of the most optimistic person you’ve ever met in your life.
Such can be – and is – the effect of colors on our lives.
What this all means is that you can’t – and must never – devalue the importance of colors.
This is the primary reason why vastu shastra has rules and guidelines for coloring a house.
This Vastu for color tips – or guidelines – would help you to choose the best color combination for your home so that you and your family are always lively, lovable, healthy and happy.
“Colors are pure energies in the from of light rays and have deep impact on human physical and psychological body, colors if implemented as per vastu laws gives tremendous results in health and wealth"
We all know sun is the only main source of energy in our soral system but what dose it gives? yes light and heat.
Apart from heat, the Light is the only energy which can be seen in the form of color.
However, light in itself has no color, though it does have various wavelengths, some of them (ultraviolet and infrared light etc.) are invisible to us and some are visible.
A typical human eye can detect wavelengths from approximately 380 to 700 nanometers (nm). Electromagnetic radiation in this range is called visible light. In other words, light is energy and the phenomenon of color is a result of the interaction between this energy and matter.
All the colors which are visible to us, vary from a wavelength of around 380 nm (blue-purple light) to 700 nm (red light). The rest of the spectrum have wavelengths too large or too small for us to detect.
Is color such a powerful force? Can it affect our lives?
The answer is, yes.
Colors have a profound effect on our subconscious mind. Studies in the field of psychology, architectural psychology, chromotherapy, neuropsychology shows that human response to color is total. It influences humans psychologically as well as physiologically.
Biological response to color is entirely physical in nature. The human response to the color is in fact a response to the electromagnetic energy of the light waves. Studies have shown that even if a person is blindfolded his pulse will noticeably change when exposed to a certain color. For instance, if a blindfold person is exposed to red color, his or her pulse will increase and on the other hand if he or she is exposed to the color blue, his or her pulse will decrease.
Therefore, what color you paint on the walls of the house is not just a matter of aesthetics. It is a powerful tool which has many influences in our everyday lives. For instance, it affects the following things-
Different colors generate different emotions in your mind. Working efficiency may increase or decrease, depending on the combination of color and direction of your working space. If there is some imbalance in the color of a particular space and the location of it, then it may cause disconcerting, distracting and flickering effect.
Studies have shown that each color possesses frequencies of a specific vibration, and each vibration is connected to a different physical symptom. We can use these vibrations or energies to our advantage.
“As per many architectural psychologists, colors communicate with us on a sensory, symbolic and emotional level and they play a strong role in shaping our reality."
Chromotherapy or color therapy is an ancient form of healing that was prevalent in several ancient cultures. Some of them are as follows –
Chromotherapy is also known as light therapy and light is considered to be one of the most effective and purest healing force. Light affects physical as well as etheric bodies. Colors generate fields of energy that activates the biochemical and hormonal processes in our body.
The ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Indians used color in different ways to treat a variety of diseases. According to Chromotherapy, when the color balance is disturbed, psychological and physical problems occur. The diseases caused by the imbalance of the color can be cured by restoring the proper balance of color energies of the body through color healing or chromotherapy.
Each color has an association with a response our subconscious mind has when we internalize it. So let’s understand what each color means and their effects.
Wall considered as our mansion's strength which too needs proper attention. Colors chosen for wall should be aesthetically affective which reflects our own inner self.
Wall color influences the mood and style and appearance of the house. There are colors which enhance your mood and sometimes doze you off.
While selecting the color for your room people have tendency of running to the shop to buy color without analyzing anything about their room whether it is big or small. So before doing this one should choose wall color accordingly.
Psychologists believe that color influence our mood being very powerful and how much time we spend in our rooms. Yellow, blue, and green colors are soothing and natural which also makes our room look bigger.
Black and gray are elegant and sleek. Now a day there is a trend of using contrast in one room, three sides of wall have a different color and fourth wall will have a contrast of that color.
We will now discuss the implication of different colours which will amaze you in all way. Colours look different in different lights and shades.
Red colour is a colour of passion, aggressiveness, warmth, energy and vibrancy. It is a stimulating and active colour, and hence looks great in living room and dinning room. Different hues of red would also look good in rooms as it is as lively as other. Red colour suggests warmth and boldness by giving you confidence. It is more appreciable in the areas where you need energy and it is often avoided in sleeping rooms.
Red colour facts
Some people have red colour as their favorite. This kind of person is extremely passionate about his work and activity. This person never regrets and can stampede the coming obstacles out of the way to reach his goal.
Association – Power, passion, love, warning, danger and determination. Red is a color of energy.
Effects – Increases respiration rate, raises blood pressure and metabolism.
Blue colour is the most universally equated with the beauty. It is the most soothing colour which signifies tranquility and contentment. This colour is versatile in expressing values. Blue colour is generally preferred for larger areas where soft and lighter version is needed. Small rooms are not suitable for blue colour according to interior design.
Blue colour facts
Blue lovers bear a hallmark of gentle and heaven. These kinds of people are calm and serious by nature, they are good friends who stays with you in your bad times and happy with you in your good times.
Association – Coolness, trust, spiritual, peaceful, idealistic. Blue color Association – Coolness, trust, spiritual, peaceful, idealistic. Blue color is a symbol of logic and intelligence.
Effects – Blue color helps the body to produce chemicals that are calming. It also helps in improving the concentration level and productivity.
Green represents growth, nature and relaxation. This colour is fresh and gaiety which makes you feel relax and soothes your mood. It complements with any colour for it's universal appeal. It looks great in kitchen where you need to concentrate well and provides your kitchen neat and clean look.
Green colour facts
The lovers of green colour are endearing and enduring who believe in love and romance. They understand you more than any other person and believe in give and take.
Association – Growth, life, health, harmony, compassion, fertility and freshness. Green is the color of nature. The color green is associated with prosperity, wealth and safety.
Effects – Green color is thought to have a calming effect. It slows our metabolism. Green color has a great healing power.
Yellow represents boldness, happiness and optimism. Tints of yellow are ideal for all the rooms and make the room look bigger. It is the most natural and powerful colour both in value and intense in purest form. It is perennial in interior design which complements with green and red by providing freshness and gaiety.
Yellow colour facts
Yellow lovers are going with a flow type, if they see that things are not going well, they drift apart. They get doze off easily if they do not get brightness in life.
Association – Happiness, laughter, good times, optimism, honor and hope. Yellow is the color of the mind and the intellect. However, yellow is also associated with fear and cowardice. It is also an attention getter color.
Effects – It makes you feel optimistic because the brain releases more serotonin (feel good chemical in the brain) when you are around yellow color. It also provides mental clarity. Though it can have disturbing effects if it is overused. According to some studies babies cry more in yellow colored rooms.
Purple denotes luxury, dignity and nobility and makes a perfect choice for the guest's room or living room which may makes your guests feel the 'royal treatment'.
Purple colour facts
Purple lovers are somewhat self centered. Female purple fans are nagging but cool and composed. While male purple fans are methodological.
Association – Dignity, wealth, royalty, power, luxury, sophistication, arrogance and mystery. Light purple color also represents romance and delicateness while dark shades of purple are identified with fear and sorrow.
Effects – Purple color stimulates the brain activity which helps in problem solving. Since it is also considered the color of imagination, it increases creativity.
Orange signifies warmth, action, comfort and energy. Orange would look great in drawing room and living room, but too much of orange would not be a good idea in home. Light hues of orange can use in some space.
Orange colour facts
Orange colour lovers are serious and responsible in their work. Their personality is intense and vibrant. They are great and responsible lovers. Two orange lovers can't stay together and would not make a good pair.
Association – Sunshine, joy, wisdom, desire, enthusiasm and success. Orange color is a combination of high energy color red and happiness of yellow.
Effects – Increases mental activity, optimism and creativity. You will find your heart beating a little faster when around red color. This color must not be overused in the house.
White implies cleanliness, virtue, purity, spaciousness and innocence. White colour in rooms is elegant and creates a feeling of luxury. It goes well in master bedroom which will soothes you when you are tiresome.
White colour facts
White lovers like privacy and never intimate with peoples. In some way they are self centered and self esteemed.
Association – Purity, cleanliness, innocence, goodness, light, and simplicity. White color is also associated with perfection. However, some negative associations are also there with white color like emptiness and isolation.
Effects – It gives you a sense of peace and hope. It creates a sense of order and professionalism. White color is immensely helpful in inner cleansing and purification of your emotions.
Association – Love, vulnerability, passiveness, youth, feminine, innocence and joyfulness. It is tied to ideas of unconditional love and playfulness. It also associates with physical weakness and immaturity.
Effects – Pink color calms your mind and it is very helpful in reducing violent behavior of someone. Pink color calms the blood pressure and heart beat. It also fills up your bedroom with harmony and romance.
Association – cool, elegant, balanced, conservative and neutral. The grey is a diplomatic color which is considered to be the color of intellect and compromise. It is also associated with loss and depression.
Effects – Grey color creates a sense of calm and composure. Grey color does not energize, rejuvenate or excite. But, too much grey, particularly a dark grey shade can make you feel depressed and sad.
Association – Aggression, authority, intelligence, power, formality, elegance, evil, gloom and emptiness. Black color is seen as a mysterious color. It is also connected with fear and the unknown.
Effects – Black color evokes strong emotions.
Brown is a colour of contentment and comfort. It is muscular and subtle and makes a good choice for study rooms or library.
Brown colour facts
Brown colour lovers make sensitive partners who are open in love and relish togetherness. These people dream more and sometimes reality is hard to believe for them.
Pastels are simple lighter tints of any colour such as light matt pink, phone colour and other skin tones. When colour becomes so light and seem to give white touch they become pastel. This type of colour is becoming more and more common as they give elegant and sober look to the rooms.
Using neutral colour doesn't mean to use fewer colours or no colour. Low intensity colours which are used for background for other accent colours, features, furniture and objects in a space can be classified as neutral. Light colours such as hue of beige, off white and cream, these colours are generally called neutral colour.
|Room||Suggested colours as per Vastu||Colours to avoid as per Vastu|
|Master bedroom||Blue||Dark tones of red|
|Guest room||White||Dark tones of red|
|Drawing/living room||White||Dark colours|
|Dining room||Green, blue, or yellow||Grey|
|Ceiling||White or off-white||Black and grey|
|Kid’s room||White||Dark blue & red|
|Kitchen||Orange or Red||Dark grey, blue, brown, & black|
|Bathroom||White||Any dark shade|
|Hall||Yellow or white||Any colour in a deeper tone|
|Home exterior||Yellowish-white, light mauve, off-white||Black|
|Main door/entrance||Silver, White, or wood colours||Red, deep yellow|
|Study room||Light green, blue, cream||Brown, grey|
|Balcony/veranda||Blue, cream, light tones of pink and green||Grey, black|
|Garage||White, yellow, blue||Black, brown|
|Staircase||White, beige, light grey, pale blue||Red & black|
There are 16 Vastu Zones in the Vedic Vastu Shastra which govern each and every aspect of our life. Studies have shown that Vastu compliant 16 Zones will help you achieve a balanced state of mind and body. This state of balance will lead you to a prosperous, peaceful, happy and healthy life.
Each of the 16 vastu zones has its own attributes and effects and they are all governed by their own specific element. All these vastu zones can be balanced with the help of appropriate colors to get the desired results in life. Let’s have a look at the appropriate colors for all 16 Vastu Zones and their effects:
The most vastu compliant color for NNW, North, NNE and NE Zones is blue.
North-North-West (NNW) Zone
North-North-East (NNE) Zone
North-East (NE) Zone
Energy of vastu compliant North-East (NE) zone makes your subconscious more receptive to new ideas. Hence, blue color in NE zone will help you conceive new and creative ideas.
North is one of the most important zones of the house when it comes to money and prosperity. So the walls in this zone should also be painted in blue color.
Red color works as an anti-element for these zones. The presence of red color in North will hamper your financial growth. The imbalanced NNE zone will cause severe health problems, including lack of immunity and chronic diseases.
Green is the most appropriate color for the ENE, East and ESE Zones.
East-North-East (ENE) Zone
East-South-East (ESE) Zone
Green color in the East direction of your house is immensely helpful in expanding your social connections to lead a highly successful public life. The positive energy generated by a vastu compliant East zone facilitates social connectivity.
The walls of the ENE zone of your house painted in light blue color will attract positive energy that will bring inner happiness and a sense of leading a meaningful life.
Grey or white color is considered an anti-color for ENE, East and ESE zones. Grey or white color in ESE zone causes anxiety and restlessness. This will have negative impacts on your personal life as well as your professional life.
SE, SSE and South Zones are related to fire element. Therefore light shade of red and soft pink colors are the best choices for these three vastu zones.
South-East (SE) Zone
South-South-East (SSE) Zone
LIGHT RED AND PINK COLOR
Light red or pink color in SE improves cash flow and also helps in the recovery of blocked payments. SSE zone provides power and confidence to the family members if this particular area is painted in light and soothing red color or soft pink color. It is advised to prefer pink color over any shade of red color.
These three directions belong to the fire element and the presence of blue color (water element) will create imbalance here. There will always be insufficient cash flow if the SE zone is imbalanced by its anti-elements.
You should paint SSW and SW Zones in yellow color to get the desired result from these vastu zones. In North-West (NW) zone, you should use light yellow or cream color for best results.
South-South-West (SSW) Zone
South-West (SW) Zone
North-West (NW) Zone
South-West is the zone of skills, family harmony, stability in life and relationships. The yellow color in the South-West (SW) will not only enhance your skills but you will also be able to acquire new skills.
Blue color in the South-South-West (SSW) direction results in your energy, money and efforts being wasted on unimportant and fruitless things.
Most suitable colors for WSW, West and WNW Vastu Zones are White, Cream and Off-White in light and soothing shade. These colors are also considered neutral colors for other vastu zones. You can also opt for silver or grey color as an alternative.
West-South-West (WSW) Zone
West-North-West (WNW) Zone
Grey color in the west zone is good for money, as well as gains in every aspect of life. You should keep the WNW zone balanced as it helps you to overcome your depression and negative thoughts. Therefore, you should use these colors for the walls of the WNW zone.
These advantages of vastu compliant colors in all 16 vastu zones will eventually lead you to amazing FINANCIAL GROWTH, HEALTH BENEFITS and OVERALL PROSPERITY in your life.
Engineer Rameshwar Prasad
(B.Tech., M.Tech., P.G.D.C.A., P.G.D.M.)