“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
Ever wonder why children’s board games are so colorful? Think of Candyland, Hi Ho! Cherry-O and Cooties. Vivid hues splash from the game pieces, all colored like a fairy tale. Chances are that your pleasant memories of childhood are punctuated with a rainbow of colors — brightly colored toys, savory pink and blue ice cream cones, candy that turned your tongue and lips different hues. The reason is simple: It brings us joy to see those colors– not only as children, but at all ages. So when you want a dash of playful in your life or a quick pick-me-up when you’re tired, just add the right color.
Conveys optimism, confidence, happiness
Decorate with a vase of yellow daffodils or paint a wall a bright yellow to instantly feel more upbeat
Use soft or pale yellows for a playroom or children’s room
“The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.”
Red or violet
Conveys power and energy; also induces hunger
Slip into red clothing or add a red-tinged pillow to the couch for an extra boost of vitality
Avoid placing these colors in the bedroom or bathroom where you’ll want relaxation
What is it about the rainbow that cheers us up? Sure, it represents the calm after a storm, but its the colors themselves that give us a sense of serenity. If you need a dose of optimism in your life, look at a rainbow. If you can’t find a real one or a picture of one, draw one. That’s right. Pull out some crayons, colored pencils or markers and make the sweeping arches of a rainbow. Chances are, you’ll feel better afterward.
Remember Rainbow Brite, also known as “Magical Girl Rainbow Brite” in Japan? Her message of joy resonates loud and clear, and it isn’t a coincidence that her clothing and her friends are rainbow colored.
Conveys calm, trust, reflection
Use it to feel less anxious when you’re faced with a stressful situation
Place blue objects or use blue wall paint in areas you tend to feel troubled (where you pay bills, for instance)
Stick with soft, muted shades of blue for a calming effect
“The whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us through the mystic realm of color.”
Conveys balance, harmony, restoration
As the color in the center of the spectrum, it symbolizes balance
Surround yourself with green when you crave security and safety
Looking at green slows your metabolism, thereby producing a calming effect.
Conveys enthusiasm, sensuality, physical comfort, creativity
As the combination of red and yellow, it is stimulating
Creates an emotional and physical reaction
Look at orange when you want inspiration or seek encouragement
“You know creators, composers, need a palette for life, a color for life.”
Conveys power, elegance, formality
Wear black clothing and accessories to denote strength, authority and prestige
Avoid surrounding yourself with it frequently, as it literally absorbs all energy
Creates the perception of heaviness and seriousness
As humans, we feel color. How we interpret it varies from person to person. While some colors give us a sense of harmony and peace, others make us feel energetic or creative. Color perception is subjective, yet certain feelings associated with colors are ingrained in our brains. Next time you need a mood change, try surrounding yourself in the right hue and see if it helps.
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