Vaastu states that man must co-habitat with nature in harmony, to derive the maximum benefit from the forces of nature, while at the very same time eliminating the negative effects of the harmful elements that are omnipresent. Vaastu has numerous corrective principles to achieve this, ranging from how to choose a Vaastu-compatible plot size and shape; the construction of the house or office; and the most familiar, the principles pertaining to the decoration and the interiors of a house or an office. But, did you know that colour, too, plays an important role in this science and that with just a few minor details or correctives, you can create a major difference in the aura of the place!
Colour is a very personal choice that essentially effects and often commands over the very mood and ambiance of its residents. If we understand the basics of 'Colour', we can create the perfect 'colour-scheme' that can change the mood from confusion to intelligence or from fear to confidence, with each colour having a profound and direct effect on the individual.
All colours are divided into 3 categories: Primary Colours, Secondary Colours and Tertiary Colours.
Primary Colours are the three basic colours: red, blue, yellow, those form the foundation of all the other colours.
Secondary Colours are formed when two or more primary colours are mixed together. They are orange, green and violet.
Tertiary Colours are formed when two or more secondary colours are blended together, like olive and violet.
The 'colour-wheel' is the complete picture of all the colours possible.
Here are some of the most widely used colours and their effects on the ambiance of the place they are used in:
RED: the most dramatic and emotional of all colours. The use of red suggests a bold and confident attitude, and is best used in areas that speak excitement and vivaciousness, like a bar or around a dance floor.
BLUE: is the only colour that is linked universally to tranquility and calmness; It is often suited best for a bathroom, where one tends to spend much time either in the shower or on the pot, which is also a time to relax, and often to think.
YELLOW: is a very powerful colour not only in its hue but also in its effect. It evokes a sense of energy and vitality, and rightly so in places like the children's room, an art studio or a gym.
GREEN: represents healing and fertility. Though not very commonly used in residences, it is the perfect colour in new-age healing centers, or the meditation room in the house.
VIOLET: is the colour of femininity and emotion, romance and fantasy. Colouring your bedroom walls violet ensures a good love life and heavenly dreams.
ORANGE: is an amazingly versatile colour that represents warmth, comfort and reassurance. Never really used in its true Saffron orange hue, the pastel version or peach hue is quite popular for its cool effect on the ambiance of a bedroom or study.
PASTELS: are simply the lighter hues of colours, which impart a more sober and elegant look to a room.NEUTRALS: using Neutrals, like an off-white, does not mean using no colour, but entails making use of colours in very low intensity. They are best suited for the background for other accent colours or features. They are much more practical and versatile than other colours, as one can dramatically change the look and the feel of a particular area simply by changing the upholstery fabric in the room, or by re-arranging the furniture or other features around.