There is nothing quite so impactive as the use of colour. It instantly creates for the viewer an emotional reaction. It’s not possible to be passive about colour. We can be ambivalent about a certain choice but we either expect, enjoy or revolt at colour before us. We wear it, we buy it, we eat it, we dream in it...colour is part of our everyday lives in every aspect. We look out of the window in the morning and see what colour the sky is and react accordingly; we dress in colours that appeal to us or make us feel safe. A black and white world would be a very different place. At STUDiO RYDER we go beyond the surface appeal of colour in design and with our expertise in colour therapeutics & Feng Shui understand the effects of colour in the environment and how to channel the energy of colours to create long lasting harmony.

Colour is such a vast and expansive field. It is symbolic in many cultures, meaning different things to different countries. It represents power, piety, instruction, comradeship, politics and heraldry. 

Our world is full of colour.

Colour Therapeutics is based on the principles of Chromotherapy, the study of colour. Understanding the health benefits of colour has been around for many thousands of years with research into colour and it psychological effects and how specific hues affect our mental and emotional state, evidence that our relationship with colour is complex. Understanding colour, as a fundamental influencer in creating wellness within the interior, the team at STUDiO RYDER use their expertise in this field to balance and harmonise each project, tailoring colour selection for their clients as individuals. 

Using specific colours and combinations can promote a sense of harmony and well-being. As a symbolic language, colour, alongside the methodologies of Feng Shui, can aid and address specific issues relating to health, wellbeing, success & relationships. Being exposed to certain colours can have many health benefits including increasing energy levels, promoting relaxation and restorative sleep. The ancient Egyptians created Colour Halls as they believed exposure to certain colours had healing properties; papyrus dating back to 1550BC contained details of lost colour cures. In China over 2000 years ago ancient texts detail the relationship between the colours of a person’s environment and the longevity of the population. And it was Goethe in 1810 whose Theory Of Colours that first began to explain colours as having meaning, attributes, qualities that influenced mood. In 1933, Ghadiali penned The Spectro Chrometry Encyclopedia where he explained that coloured rays within the known spectrum had various therapeutic effects on organisms, animals and plant life. 

Many are unaware of the extent to which colour within their surroundings can affect their mood and behaviour, changing one’s perceptions of life and the world around us. Every colour has an effect on interior space, depending on where and how they are used. It can dramatically change the energy flow within the space creating unease or discomfort for those experiencing it. Making subtle changes can create a rebalancing, transforming the perception from one state of existence to another. Through altering the degree of colour tints and shading, the psychological effects may  positively alter the harmonising and stabilising of the energy leading to a greater sense of wellness.