Repainting a room based on your sensitivities to colour


Choosing colours to get the feeling you want from a room.

Photo Credit © [Jeremy Shantz]
Photo Credit © [Jeremy Shantz]
As early as I can remember, I have always been drawn to colour. I spent my formative years in a house surrounded by the ever-changing green foliage of the British Columbia forest out the back door and an overflowing rainbow of birds in the sanctuary to the front. Inside, the walls were cluttered with the warm woods of my father’s west coast native carvings: reds, blacks and deep turquoise. My mother also made it an annual tradition to change the colours of our living spaces inside and out, from walls ragged with faux finishes in hues of blue to the burnt umbers and potent reds wrapping the Victorian furniture. Needless to say, I was enveloped in these colours, and I could recognize the feelings that went along with them, just as I felt the difference between the white daylight of summer versus the yellow incandescent I lived with in the months of hibernation.

Colour is simply a form of visible light, of electromagnetic energy. Each of the primary colours reflected in the rainbow carries its own unique healing properties. The sun alone is a wonderful healer! My attraction to certain colours may very well signal areas where I am imbalanced, so understanding why certain colours affect me favourably while others bring about negative feelings helps me along my healing journey.

I recently felt the need to paint the interior walls of my tree-house residence in Montreal, and it was just too hard to define a single colour to represent my ever-changing demeanour throughout a 24-hour timeline. I needed them all: a pure white, passionate red, happy yellow, warm brown, tranquil green and a strong blue.

So as fall approaches and we feel the creeping presence of the season that follows, get ready to add that touch of summer colour to the winter months: pour that rainbow on the wall, throw down that bright carpet and surround yourself with colour.
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Obsessive collector and sculptor of things, Shantz lives and bleeds for those moments of collaboration.

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