Colour therapy at work

Colours can have an instant impact, but they can also affect us in more subtle ways.

Red is well known as an appetite enhancer (KFC and McDonalds might be onto something!), making it an ideal choice for restaurants and fast food outlets, but if you want to turn people off their food, use purple, mauve or black.

Yellow stimulates the mind, making it a perfect choice for call centres or workplaces where people need to stay alert. Yellow can also work well in schools and study areas, as it aids concentration.

Shades of orange and yellow can also be used to lift the spirits and cheer up patients in hospitals, while bright orange is said to lessen emotional shock – making it an excellent hue for emergency rooms.

pinkprisonShades of pink and peach tend to calm people down, making them ideal colours for prisons, hospital waiting rooms and counseling centres. Some US prisons have even tried painting cells pink, and as a result, noticed less aggression*.

Blue can also calm the mind and reduce stress, but day in day out, some people can find blue a depressing colour – especially if a person’s spirits or energy levels are already low.

Shades of turquoise and aqua, on the other hand, are creative, invigorating colours, making them ideal for media industries and design-related professions. As they aid communication, they can also be a great choice for boardrooms and conference centres.

Green is the colour of balance and growth, making it ideal for health industries, mediation rooms and legal offices. It can also help patients to heal, making it a perfect colour for rehab centres.

*In 1979, directors of a Naval correctional centre in Seattle, US, painted some prison confinement cells pink in order to determine the effects this might have on prisoners. The rates of assault before and after the interior was painted pink were then monitored.

According to the Navy’s report, “Since the initiation of this procedure, there have been no incidents of erratic or hostile behavior during the initial phase of confinement”. Only fifteen minutes of exposure was enough to ensure that the potential for violent or aggressive behavior had been reduced,’ the report observed.

For more specific colour or feng shui advice email thetinstudio@gmail.com or call Jenny on 0411 631 940.

Feng shui tips

Feng shui for love, prosperity and good health

Jenny Blume - Feng shui for home's entrance

As a feng shui consultant, my goal is to create uplifting homes and workspaces. As cures and enhancements are implemented, and the five elements are harmonised, your health, wealth and relationships should all feel the positive effects. A home that that been properly ‘feng shuied’ feels warm and inviting, not only to you, but to everyone who enters. When needed, space clearings can lift the energy even higher.

Previous clients have benefited from unexpected job offers, better relationships with family and neighbours, improved health, more relaxed pets, surprise windfalls, long desired pregnancies, enhanced creativity and a fresh sense of energy and enthusiasm.

I work with clients via phone, email or in person, mainly in the Sydney, Byron Bay, Tweed and Gold Coast areas.

Color and art advice

Well-chosen colours will not only harmonise your home or workplace and provide a psychological lift, they can improve your feng shui.

Sometimes, all it takes switching your art or mirrors around, or adding a specific colour to a room, and the whole vibe will lift. I pay particular attention to the mood and psychological impact of colours, plus look at a room’s natural light and the feng shui sector they fall in. For example, greens tend to resonate with the east, while earthy, warm colours often suit the south and south west sectors.

Being a designer of 30 years, advising on colours and artwork is a specialty. I include basic colour advice in all feng shui reports, or alternatively, I’m happy to consult or advise at an hourly rate.

Feng shui consultations

Onsite feng shui appraisals/reports average $390 for apartments; homes average $490-$890, depending on size, distance and complexity. Prices include an onsite visit, EMF check, an 8-12 page written report (emailed within 1 week) and followup advice.

When consulting I use a combination of traditional feng shui schools, including compass school, form school and flying stars (a more complex system that factors in time). I also assess balance, energy flow, colours, plants and artwork.

Your written feng shui report will cover relationships, health, finances, career, travel, children and creativity. Suggestions for strengthening and enhancing these areas will be made, along with instructions for ‘cures’ if needed. Simple changes can make a big difference!

For a quote call 0411 631 940 or email thetinstudio@gmail.com

“Amazing help with our home design … love, love, love your suggestions! Pretty much every point you’ve mentioned were things I’ve at least considered changing … I’m so happy I found you. The suggestions you’ve made are going to make a huge difference!!” – TC, February 2021

“Thank you SO much for your help and advice. After making the changes suggested in your feng shui report, the problems with our neighbours disappeared almost overnight. Things were so tense but it’s totally turned around … what a relief. I can’t thank you enough!” – GM, April 2021

Read more client testimonials

Feng shui romance activators

Feng shui energies change from year to year, and from home to home, but for everyone, an inviting bedroom and attractive ‘south west’ sector will help to activate romantic energies. You’ll need a compass to find your ‘relationship sector’, or try Google maps.

  • If single, place bedside tables and lamps on both sides of your bed, and turn both on at least once a week.
  • Display a pair of Mandarin Ducks in your bedroom; when possible, opt for pairs of objects rather than single items.
  • Assess the artwork in your bedroom and remove anything that conjures up lonliness or sadness; limit family photos.
  • Place two rose quartz crystals – the stone of love – in the south west or by your bed.
  • Display peonies, either real, silk or depicted, to attract romance; these work especially well in the south west.
  • Declutter near your bed, and lift the vibe with low-key lighting and sensual essential oils like ylang ylang.

For a quote call 0411 631 940 or email thetinstudio@gmail.com