Healing Colors…

Designing a personalized palette of colors to work with using polymer clay or choosing exactly the right paint colors for a room re-design can be a  challenging prospect.  Many of the paint manufacturers now offer on-line tutorials, mouse roll-overs that change the colors in a sample room and quizzes to help you select a  palette reflective of your sensibilities. These sites can help provide inspiration in choosing paint colors and designing color schemes for using in your polymer clay studio.

The American Formulating and Manufacturing Safe Coat web site uses  the doshas of Ayurvedic medicine to design healing paint palettes.

  • Ectomorph/Vata/Air and Space (Ether)
    A palette of muted and subdued earthy tones
  • Mesomorph/Pitta/Fire
    Complex colors with a cooling and calming orientation
  • Endomorph/Kapha/Water and Earth
    A palette of vibrant and stimulating colors with warm overtones

To find your Ayurvedic dosha there is an on line quiz at Healing Hands of San Fransisco. And here is more background on just how the colors were selected for the healing paint palettes…


“We have a total of 108 colors in our system, with the palettes arranged into three energetically distinct micro palettes of 36 colors. For each micro palette, the starting place on the color wheel was chosen for the strongest balancing effect: violet for the vata palette, green for the pitta palette, red for the kapha palette. Each palette is skewed accordingly to maximize balance. Vata is balanced by earthy colors that subdue hot and cold, pitta is balanced by cooling, complex colors, and kapha is balanced by stimulating and warming colors.

Each micro palette includes all of the basic hues of the color wheel, as well as all the value levels normally designed into contemporary color systems. As a whole, Ayurveda Essence incorporates colors that range from the deepest and most chromatic brights to the most muted lights and neutrals. The steps in value between colors has been designed with an eye toward a pleasant contrast. This design feature automatically eliminates the kind of clash that can result from colors which are too close to one another in value, and makes the creation of monochromatic schemes easier. The key difference among the palettes is how they handle chromaticism. Each micro palette is constructed to avoid those portions of the color spectrum that would be the most aggravating to the respective constitution, as well as keeping the balancing power of value in mind.

A chief criterion throughout the design process was to create a sequence of complex colors that easily harmonized with one another. This approach was important due to the concise nature of the palettes. Another way to put this is that regardless of the palette, colors were sequenced for their ability to work together as families with relationships. This approach minimizes contrast and maximizes harmony.”

Have a colorful day!





1 Response to “Healing Colors…”

  1. 1 Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor June 27, 2008 at 1:01 am

    Wow Lindly I had no idea! Color is amazing isn’t it? There is always something new to learn!

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