The other day, my three-year old god-daughter asked me what my favourite colour was and I responded back with aqua. She paused for a second then looked up at me with puzzled yet inquisitive eyes and exclaimed ‘but last time it was purple!’. I had to laugh, as there is no fooling an observant and honest three year old.
The truth is, the colours I choose to work with change depending on my mood. Do yours? As humans we use colour to express ourselves and our individuality. Colour not only sets a trend for fashion, but effects our emotions, our physical and material world. From bright vivid rainbow hues to pretty pastels and earthy tones – don’t you just lurve what we can do with it and how it makes us feel? Without colour, life would be very dull and boring. Have you ever noticed that your wardrobe colours change as you change? Maybe your hair colour changes with the seasons? Here is a list of feelings, emotions and associations related to colour:
Red is not for the faint hearted! It is the colour of power, intensity, passion and sexual energy. You’ll make your presence known to the world when wearing this colour. In Feng Shui, Red represents the fire element and fire represents the energy of the sun and life. It is also the Chinese colour of happiness and good fortune, the marriage colour in India and also represents love and romance.
A cross between Red and Yellow, Orange is the colour of creativity, enthusiasm, vitality and good health, helping us to feel confident, energised and uplifted.
The colour Yellow is another feel good colour that is cheery and full of warmth. Think of our hot sun and doesn’t the sun make us feel good! Yellow also helps us to feel inspired, playful and full of inner joy.
It is no surprise that all shades of Green promote new life and growth. It is the healthy colour of nature and beautiful gardens. Green is even the colour of money in parts of the world! On the flip side, Green can also represent jealousy and envy. Ever heard the expression ‘green with envy’?
Blue, a favourite of many, has a calm and serene vibe to it. Lighter shades of blue give a feeling of peace and tranquility. Blue is also the colour of intellect, communication and loyalty, so it’s an ideal colour for working with in business ventures.
Violet or Purple embodies luxury, royalty and wealth. Also a harmonious and creative colour, Violet / Purple stimulates the imagination and is related to spiritual awareness and fulfillment.
The allure of Pink reminds me of love, romance, sensuality, sunsets and watermelon! Long gone are the days of pink typically being a ‘girls’ colour. It looks great on men too! Did you know a particular shade of pink called ‘Drunk Tank Pink’ has been used to paint the walls and bars in prison, to suppress angry, antagonistic and violent prisoners?
Brown is an earthy, natural colour, evoking a sense of strength, security, reliability and support. Brown is quietly confident, but never the life of the party! It has a cosy, warm and comforting feel, making us feel grounded.
We all know Black is our best friend when it comes to fashion as it is sliming and harder to stain! Black is bold, classy and powerful. It’s no wonder wearing black can make one feel sexy and confident. On the other hand, black can also make some of us feel depressed and sad.
White is fresh and represents inspiration, purity, innocence, harmony and trust. The colour of virginity, white also has an etheric and celestial presence to it.
Silver is shinny, glamourous, sensitive and mysterious – just like the moon. Silver represents birth and reincarnation. In Feng Shui, Silver is the colour of the trust worthy and the romantic.
Attention grabbing and eye catching Gold embodies authority, luxury, perfection, financial riches, success and divine protection. Just think of the a Ancient Egyptians, they had it going on way back when…
So with all this info on colour and how we can utilise it in our everyday lives, the next time you are out shopping, what colours will you reach for?
With Love and Lumiere. xo