Painting is one of the quickest, cheapest, and easiest ways to refresh a drab, boring room. A harmonious color scheme can lift your mood, energize or relax you, and generally create a welcoming atmosphere in your practice. The colors and patterns you choose can engage your clients and create an inner sense of order, a balance in the visual experience.
An interesting note about color theory and harmony: When something is not harmonious, it’s either boring or chaotic. At one extreme is a visual experience that is so bland that the viewer is not engaged. The human brain will reject under-stimulating information. At the other extreme is a visual experience that is so overdone, so chaotic that the we can’t stand to look at it. Our brain rejects what it can’t organize. Color harmony delivers visual interest and a sense of order.
As an example, here is a before and after shot of a room makeover. Before, there was no harmony or organization. It’s bland. The after is a harmonious scene of bright neutral background color with coordinating accents of blue and yellow.
Here we’ve collected some of our favorite harmonious color schemes for setting the perfect tone in your massage therapy treatment spaces (and you can find more on our Pinterest board).
This blue-grey-green color palette is relaxing, peaceful, but a little exciting too. Your clients will feel the stress melt away when they step into your room and take a little mental vacation.. or something like that.
2. Morning Violet
You know we love turquoise here at Massamio! Our headquarters are in the Southwest, after all. This palette caught our eye right away. It’s kind of the perfect mixture of earth tones and vibrant splashes of color.
4. Farmers Market Greens
Green is the most pleasing color to the human eye. It’s the color of home–trees, forest, plains, grassland, plants and vegetables. This herby green palette reminded us of the freshness of the Farmers Market–a nice element to bring into your treatment room.
You don’t have to go crazy with color. A neutral color palette might be the perfect thing for a tiny, windowless space, with warm grey accents and creamy white walls. The key to neutral color scheme is to keep things uncluttered with a few interesting pieces to the room to keep it from being too plain.
6. Saturated Hues
We see you yawning. Yes you, the one who falls asleep at the thought of pastels and muted tones. Boring! You need COLOR in your life. We get it. This saturated rose color scheme is just for you. It reminds us of the French countryside. That dusky blue would make the perfect backround for those green and red rose accents.
Found on Pinterest: creaturecomfortsblog.com
Black and white need not be cold and sterile feeling. We found this professionally decorated treatment room to be warm, inviting, slightly masculine and really rich. The different patterns, textures, and gold accents make this black and white treatment room quite elegant.
8. Yellow and Grey
Yellow is one of those colors you have to be very careful with. You have to find just the right hue and complimentary colors to go with it. Yellow is the most luminous of all the colors of the spectrum. It’s the color that captures our attention more than any other color. Excessively bright yellows can irritate the eye. That’s why we love the combination of soft yellows and greys. They seem to be the perfect pair. If you want to splash some sunny yellow into your treatment space, consider a look like this.
What do you do when you have a dark room, with elements you can’t change such as an adobe fireplace, wood paneling, or dark carpet? Well, you work with what you’ve got. In the image below, we love how this theme (had to do another Southwest one!) pulls together a tricky room. Notice how the browns and dark reds don’t overpower the room or make it too dark. The light airy curtains, light bedding, and hand woven rugs work togther to make a cozy scene.
10. Small Spaces
When you have a small space, the only rule to follow is Thoreau’s: Simplify, simplify, simplify. This small treatment room isn’t fancy, but it doesn’t let flourescent lighting and drop ceilings stand in the way of harmony. The room has a beautiful color scheme of grey, peach, and brown, with a few simple touches to keep it interesting; an uncluttered space with thoughtful details that put the client at ease when she steps in the room.
What are some of the creative ways you’ve incorporated color and design into your treatment space? What color schemes have you tried that you’ve loved (or hated!)? Share in the comments below!
Comments from original Massamio post:
My office is in an historic building. So to me, keeping with historic look I opt more for rich dark colors, brown and Aubergine. Walls are painted a dark cream with dimmed lights and the dark linens black and white pictures and dark floor coverings. To me the darkness of the room and dark furnishings play off the historic aspect.
My office is in the basement, so I think it seems even more like a hidden sanctuary. — Posted @ Saturday, November 02, 2013 1:41 PM by Rhonda
i am just about to set up a new space to work in, the room is small 9×10 the floor is painted black and white the walls are white and there is a dryer in the space. does anyone have any ideas how to paint the walls since i am not going to be able to paint the floor. also one wall is concrete and i cannot hang anything on it. and does anyone have any suggestions on how to hide the dryer? thank you — Posted @ Sunday, May 04, 2014 8:42 PM by jan
You’re so right! Thanks for sharing this article! — Posted @ Tuesday, July 01, 2014 12:04 AM by Tom @ Textured Wall Paint
House is always lovely to everyone. So its design is very important. We can decorate our lovely home with different wallpapers. — Posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 4:38 AM by wallpaper suppliers in Melbourne