Shades or chroma treatment (Colour therapy) is an alternate choice of treatment, through the use of colours. When we look at colours, different energies are absorbed, as each colour has its own frequency, amplitude and vibration. “We are constantly surrounded by a flow of colours, through the universe, the clothes that we wear and the space where we stay or work. At different piecemeals of our lives, we feel appealed to or repulsed by different colours, depending on our emotional and psychological needs,” says Chandrakant Popat, an artist (Fine Arts) and Vastu Expert.
Colours have tremendous effect on individuals and can affect us on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well being. We look at how you can choose the right colours for your walls, to create a positive and happy surrounding.

“If we do not have a  balance of the seven colours in the spectrum, our metabolism can be affected. For example, the lack of exposure to sun, can cause lethargy, tiredness and depression. There is no such thing as a good or bad colour. While some colour can have healing qualities, the same colour can also have a deteriorating effect on us. Usually, excess of any colour will tip the scale. Thus, one must be careful while designing a home’s interiors and select colours that aid the well-being and harmony of all the members living in the house. Colours should be clear, bright or light. Muddy, hazy or dirty colours, reflect the negative side of that colour. There is nothing wrong with deeper rich tones, if they are also not murky in appearance,” suggests Chandrakant.


The grandness of colours in Vastu Shastra

The sun being the source of light, helps to sustain life on our planet Earth. There is a perfect kinship between the Sun and the fundamentals of Vastu Shastra, as each direction has one color that influences it in a positive way, points out Chandrakant. “Sunshine looks gold in shade but it contains seven spectrum of different colours – violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and red. Each colour has a different wavelength and frequency. Suitable colours in the right direction, enhances the health and prosperity of the home’s habitant. If the wrong colours are used, then, it creates stress and conflicts in the heads of the inmates,” Chandrakant adds.

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Select the best shades for your décor

It is wise to select warm colours in rooms where there is a lot of activity, such as the living room and dining room. For example, in place of red, one can take shades of burgundy (dark purplish-red to blackish-red), terracotta(brownish red), wine, etc., as they are not overpowering. “A colour scheme that focuses on only one or two colours, can cause disturbance in energy. It is not only the wall colour that has effect, but also the colour of furnishings, paintings, plants, lights and tiny little small things. So, the walls should have a variety of colours,” says Chandrakant.

Yellow is the shade that is closest to sunlight and is thought as cheerful colour. So, try and integrate it in some way at home. People who are depressed, can add a dash of orange shade to their room, to develop optimism. “Someone who has tensions, body pains and sleeplessness, can opt for blue-shade walls or curtains, to get ease. Similarly, people who meditate and perform spiritual practices, can use violet shade in the room for calmness and composure. One can also use lamps of different shades, to add specific shades to a room, as and when needed,” adds Chandrakant.

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Ideal colours for different areas of the house

  • Roofs should always be white or in off-white colour, as it reflects light.
  • Natural Colours like green (which stands for life and growth), yellow (stableness), orange (cheerfulness and good spirits) and blue (aids concentration and attention), are recommended for children’s rooms.
  • For the temple area, it is best to use purple or lavender shade, as it is associated with spirituality, peace and wisdom.
  • Orange evokes excitement and enthusiasm and is perfect for an exercise room.
  • Avoid excessive use of black and grey, as it can give a depressing sense.
  • Red aids in increasing appetite. So, add subtle shades of red on dining table, with red flowers or red table cloth.
  • Bedrooms should be made up in soothing colours, such as pink, peach, light yellow, green and other light shades.
  • The pink shade is associated with romanticism. Similarly, red is the shade of passionateness but avoid too much of it in the bedroom, as it may lead to aggressiveness.


Vastu guide to choosing colours for different directions

Direction Ruling Planet Colour
East Sun White
West Saturn Blue
North Mercury Green
South Mars Coral red
South-west Rahu Green, pink
South-east Venus White, silver
North-west Moon White
North-east Jupiter Golden yellow