Color Frequency in Our Homes
Since I was born in the ’60s, I guess I could call myself a hippie. More analytical than your average hippie, I’ve actually spent a lot of time trying to understand the truth behind “good vibrations.” Since this is an art website maybe I thought I’d look at the frequencies and vibrations in our homes. Color plays a big part in this because each color has a frequency that is emitting an energy, and that in turn creates a mood or atmosphere or “vibe.”
Energy from colors has certain properties that can soothe us or excite us. Why do hospital employees wear white? Why do you wear your red dress when you want to get noticed? Colors indeed have a vibration.
In ours homes, we may want a sanctuary that is relaxing and calming. Green is traditionally a calming influence because it is associated with nature’s stability and growth. In my own home, I have lately gravitated to natural colors. Blues, greens, browns and white. These are sort of my comfort foods of colors. Naturals — colors found in nature — are not the same as neutrals. Neutrals can be popular for their timelessness, but can be quite dull or lifeless. Greys, taupes, and creams are shades that give us little stimulation. These types of color schemes could benefit from the introduction of stronger colors.
Due to my inexperience as a painter, I’ve been playing it safe with a limited color palette. As a result, my work tended to be somewhat monochromatic. Most of my paintings were mostly blue, green or lavender. In my own home, I thought my artwork looked quite nice. Very safe, relaxing and unoffensive. When I realized I was already starting to repeat myself, I thought the time was ripe to spin around on my color wheel a bit.
Yellows and oranges would be fine as accents, but I didn’t think I could ever paint something in red. For me red was bloody and base, primal and primitive. Not in keeping with my “enlightened” sensibilities. Nevertheless, I pushed myself. Since I don’t “deck the halls” like I used to, I still felt like the living room needed a shot of color at holiday time. Having changed all my upholstered furniture to white a few years back, my house had become a clean slate for my ever-changing home art exhibit. I thought to paint something in Santa Claus red. I couldn’t do it. Ruby reds and burgundy wine shades sponged on top of brilliant purple was as close as I could get. Incredibly, I really loved the painting. So did the kids. My first red painting, which I called Galactic Center, hung for the next few months and got me through the worst of Norway’s dark winter months.
Previously, I wouldn’t understand modern painting with simple color blocks or no real “picture.” Why would anyone want a big chunk of red or orange in the middle of their room? It took me awhile to realize that possibly that dose of color was exactly the frequency the doctor ordered. In fact, chromotherapy or color engineering is practice of using color as a healing modality. The right color can give a beneficial frequency to the viewer or the room. (Does a painting emit a frequency in the room even if no one is observing? We’ll save that for another day.) Given my landscaped interior of snowy white couches, pine needle green pillows. the earth wood tones in the furniture and floor, my living room was missing the ray of sunshine. A big burst of red was like a glowing fireplace. A bright, yet rich yellow or fiery orange could be the yang your room needs.
I kept that red painting central in my home throughout the winter. By the spring, I had a deep craving for the cerulean blue of the earth’s atmosphere, but Oslo had virtually no blue skies all of March. It was off to the studio!