Color Your World
by Niki Turner
It's the height of color season here in the Rockies. Colorado is famous for it's autumnal displays of gold and orange and red. Tourists and locals alike flock to the hills to view the patchwork of golden aspens, orange and red scrub oak, and evergreens against a backdrop of azure skies.
|This is the valley where I grew up. via Scott Ingram Photography|
You're probably aware that the colors around you affect you emotionally, mentally, and physically. That's why drunk tanks and football locker rooms are sometimes painted pink. In 1999, college athletic programs ruled that the locker rooms of visiting teams had to be painted the same color as the locker room of the home team, to avoid this color effect.
Politicians who wear blue ties are considered more honest and trustworthy than politicians who wear red ties. Red is known to increase both appetite and blood pressure, hence the reason you find it in restaurants. Yellow triggers sharpened mental acuity. It's also the first color the eye picks up. Hint: If you don't want to be noticed in a crowd, do not wear a yellow shirt.
|Jason Trommeter's Gallery via Picasa|
Chromodynamics is the study of the effect of color on the human body and brain. Marketers use chromodynamics in advertising and product design. (McDonald's just wouldn't be as yummy if those famous arches were silver, or blue.) Interior designers apply chromodynamics to create the desired atmosphere in a room or building. Some practitioners of alternative medicine use special colored glasses to increase the body's ability to heal itself. Real-life rose-colored glasses!
In writing, we are encouraged to use all five senses to relate setting and emotion to our readers. Use color wisely. Having a bride choose to wear a persimmon wedding gown says something much different about her character than the bride who opts for traditional white. Watch how filmmakers use color to set the tone for a movie.
Pure light contains all colors of the spectrum. Every object absorbs some of the light and reflects other parts of the light. In other words, a red apple reflects the "red" part of the spectrum. It's the reflected light we see and register as "red." (Therefore, apples aren't really red, but that's another subject for another day.)
|Excellent site about colordynamics. http://www.colormatters.com/|
Do you adore a certain color? Have your color preferences changed over time, during different periods of your life? Can you pinpoint what was taking place in your life when your love for one color changed to a passion for another? Do you suddenly feel compelled to surround yourself with a new hue or shade? Maybe you aren't really craving the peacock blue leather satchel. Maybe what you've suddenly fallen in love with is that particular shade of blue.
You can take advantage of colordynamics in your home, your wardrobe, even your workspace without spending a dime. Just use what you have to create the effect you want. Try giving your picky eater a red plate at dinner. On a diet? Use a blue plate.
Paint your front door a color you find welcoming and peaceful. And if you rarely enter via the front door, leave it whatever color it is and go paint the door that comes in from the garage! Isn't it funny that so many of us have brightly colored front doors, yet enter and leave our homes through doors that are dingy white or scuffed gray?
Feeling tired? What color energizes you? Get yourself a mug that color for your coffee or tea. Don't be afraid to experiment with color in your surroundings!
What are your thoughts and experiences with the science of color?
What's your current color craving?