"Colour is a doorway, a starting point which leads deep into the mind and soul. It has the ability to affect all living things both consciously and unconsciously. " Theo Gimbel

From the moment you open your eyes in the morning, you are influenced by colour. From your home décor, food, and clothes, to the colour of your car or lipstick—colour is everywhere and can change your energy and feelings in an instant.

Our world is a kaleidoscope of colour from a beautiful sunset and autumn leaves to the rosy cheeks on a newborn baby. We cringe at colours that clash and our mouths water at the sight of beautifully coloured food, yet certain colours actually turn people off eating and are never featured prominently by food companies, such as blue and purple.

Notice how the colours we wear reflect the time we are living in. people turn to grey and black in a recession. Have you noticed too that when there is a downturn in the economy, there is a resurgence of gothic style? By constrast, in boom times such as the 1980s, people tend to wear bright colours; watch quiz shows from this period and you will be surprised by how bright the men’s shirts and ladies clothes are in the programmes.

Have you ever moved into a new home where you hated the colours? A quick lick of paint and hey presto—your home feels so much better. In my early twenties, I moved into a house where the front room had been painted black and bright red. Every visitor would yawn within minutes of arriving and no one stayed for long. I soon changed to neutral relaxing colours with the odd splash of light and dark blue. The transformation was dramatic, as was the room’s energy; my visitors soon felt vibrant and happy there.

None of this knowledge is new; the power of colour has featured in all ancient civilisations. For example, Egyptian temples contained special healing rooms that were constructed to allow the dissipation of the rays of the sun into the colours of the rainbow.

Colour is such a powerful mood-creator, but it is often overlooked concerning relationships. But did you know that major paint manufacturing companies employ colour psychologists to advise on the use of colour and its psychological properties? This aspect of the business is taken so seriously that months are spent planning each new paint collection and deciding on the colour combinations to show in brochures and other marketing materials.

I do realise that you may not be able to redecorate your entire home to build a better relationship, so there are two ways you can use this information. You can either use it to pick out new paint colours for key areas in your home, or use the same colours in accessories like cushions, flowers, candles, rugs, curtains, throws, and even light bulbs. Don’t worry about large-scale remodelling, just introducing some of the right colours will have a beneficial effect on building a happy relationship.

Look over the following colours to decide the effect you require to help you boost your relationship in a particular area.

  • Red: Brings passion and heightened sensuality; do not use if you have been arguing. ?
  • Pink: Encourages love and romance. ?
  • Green: A good choice if you want your partner to spend longer with you regardless of how busy he/she might be at work. green will help your partner relax, rather than rush off. ?
  • Blue: If your partner is feeling uptight, this is a relaxing colour. ?
  • Maroon: This colour has a powerful effect, so use it if you want your partner to take you and the relationship seriously. ?
  • Peach: Connects gentle feelings with passion. I have suggested this color to clients who feel their suitor is more interested in sex than love. ?
  • Black and silver: These colours give a feel of sensuality and intelligence.
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