The Importance of Color and Nature


Article by Lu Ross

Photography by Lu Ross

Color and Nature are two important factors that affect our well being and healing. At the core, color is energy, and this energy elicits emotional responses. But can color heal? Color has power because light stimulation activates and resonates with specific emotional states in the brain. Research has found that in general, we associate colors with different emotions. Different colors are perceived to mean different things.

BLUE is associated with openness, space, contemplation, focus, and serenity.

GREEN is associated with renewal, openness, peace, prosperity, and tranquility.

At home or in your office, you may want to include blue in the décor. It not only calms and stimulates creativity, but it can encourage focus. Try a combination of pastel green and blue colors in rooms where you want to relax after a stressful day.

If you’re feeling a bit off-center go out in nature or surround yourself with green things. Green connects us to the spiritual center, and brings our attention to the heart, alleviating stress and letting worries fade away.

When you are decorating your home consider the effect of each color and what you want to feel in each room.

I have included some of my images of nature, which feature the colors blue and green. These colors can bring joy and calm when designing a space.


In this piece, the sun setting on the ocean at Dana Point, CA, creates a sublime scene that transports you to a world where you get lost in the vibrant colors and the spirit of the sunset.

This piece is available for viewing and purchase on a 30"x45" size at Gallery Dana Bay, 24682 Del Prado Avenue, Dana Point, California 92629. GALLERY: (949) 276-7597  DIRECT: (310) 710-9423

"Secret Cove"

This piece depicts the calm and peacefulness found in Kauai. The turquoise blue water flows over the rocks creating a dreamy waterfall.


The ocean in Kauai has infinite hues of blue and in this piece, the colors and motion have a tranquil effect that blurs reality.

"Secret Cove"

This enchanted cove is hidden along the cliffs of the Kauaian Coast. While hiking along the coast of Kauai, this cove revealed itself in all its splendor as I came around a steep corner, inspiring me to capture this magnificent moment.

"Coastal Bliss" 

Big Sur, along the coast of Northern California, has been called the "longest and most scenic stretch of undeveloped coastline in the United States". There are stunning views, redwood forests, hiking, and beautiful beaches. Let this piece transport you to Big Sur whether you have been there or not!

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