Over the last couple of years I have noticed that if there is one particular color that captivates me it’s the color blue. When shopping, regardless of what time of the year it is, I gravitate towards items of this color. To me, the color represents tranquility, inner security, elegance, loyalty, and above all, confidence. It instantly takes control over my style statement whether it be an item in my wardrobe or my home.
The psychology of color is based primarily on instinct and emotion. The way we feel about color can often be attributed to our subconscious and history, just as much as simple personal preference.
When reflecting on my color choices over the last ten years I realize just how big of a role color plays in our lives and how my choices have been in direct correlation to what was going on in my life at the time.
When I was planning my wedding and decorating our first home it was all about the color red, whether it was my wardrobe or the color scheme in our home. The emotions associated with those events in my life were reflective in that color – passion, drama, love, anger, courage, strength and power.
A few years later when we moved into our second (and current) home I was in a transitional place in my life. We had our first child by this point, which had brought a certain calmness to my inner self. I was gaining more confidence as a woman, as a wife, and as a mother, but the caution – from the natural progression of marriage and kids which I was scared of subconsciously perhaps – was also still present in my mind. Therefore, the color scheme in my new house was a combination of red and blue – representing my emotional journey of the ups and downs in my marriage, the subconscious fear of not being a good mother, the balancing act between my birth family and new family and the constant struggle of staying loyal to both of them equally….and on the opposite end the hugs and cuddles from my baby boy, the peaceful sound of him sleeping next to me every night, the strengthening of the bond in my marriage, and the clam and tranquil environment at my new workplace.
And now, 5 years later – the shades of blue are many in my life. I have 3 beautiful kids that bring peace and joy to me everyday, I have complete confidence in my beauty, body image, in my abilities as a wife and mother, and mentally I am as calm as I have ever been.
Think about what color you are obsessed with at the moment. Now think about some of the events in your life, currently and in the recent past. Is there any one particular color you are attracted to right now? Read below to see how your color preference relates to your emotions and see how they match up!
The color of passion and drama. This color attracts the most attention and is associated with strong emotions such as love and anger. Red is the color used universally to signify danger, courage, strength, and power. Red is stimulating, vibrant and exciting. Lovers of red are passionate with an enthusiasm for life.
The color of encouragement. The combination of yellow and red makes orange convey excitement, warmth and enthusiasm. Social and inviting, this is the color of the extrovert, exuding happiness and joy, releasing inhibitions.
The color of optimism. Yellow is a compelling color that conveys youthful, fresh energy. This color of sunshine is uplifting and illuminating and associated with success. Yellow stimulates the left side of the brain, helping with clear thinking and quick decision making. Yellow grabs attention because the eye sees yellow first. The downside of yellow is that it can induce anxiety and cause one to be over-critical. It also signifies cowardice.
The color of sensitivity – The passion of red combined with the purity of white create this color associated with love, tranquillity and femininity. Pink has associations with tenderness and nurturing while conveying a sense of safety and even vulnerability. Seeing the world through “rose (pink) colored glasses” holds a negative connotation as being associated with being unrealistic and overly optimistic.
The color of trust and confidence. Blue, the shade of the sea and the sky, is thought to induce calm and convey tranquillity, serenity and peace. The popular color instils confidence and inspires feelings of trust, loyalty, integrity and responsibility. Cool blue is conservative and can also be perceived as aloof.
The color of growth and health. Think of nature and see green in all its glory expressing renewal and life. Green has a strong association as a refreshing and peaceful color. It evokes feeling of abundance and a plentiful environment while providing a restful and secure feeling. The prosperity signified by green can be negatively perceived as materialistic and possessive.
The color of spirituality. The energy of red with the calm of blue combine to create violet, a color that inspires reflection and self awareness. It is the color of the sensitive, compassionate intuitive soul – the introvert. Also, violet has long been associated with royalty, and characteristics of quality and luxury.
The color of the earth. Stability and a solid foundation is the message that emanates from the color brown. This color relates to things that are natural and simple. Brown is thought to be dull, but is reliable and wholesome. Although frugal and stingy, brown is a color of safety and quiet confidence; warm and reassuring.
The color of compromise. Grey is considered to be an unemotional, detatched color seeking to avoid attention. It conveys gloom and depression. Very conservative, grey has a stabilizing effect as it is very neutral, but can also conjure up feelings of frustration. Grey is linked with maturity and protection, being reliable and practical. Grey would not be considered a glamorous colour, yet is still elegant.
The color of mystery. Black is actually the lack of colour. It covers, hides and implies that there is a barrier. A strong and powerful color, black is formal and sophisticated, sexy and secretive. It is the color of things that are scary and evil. Black conveys pessimism and a lack of hope. While black has many negative associations, it is a colour that signifies power and control. It is considered unfriendly and intimidating, yet still refined, elegant and confident.
~ Desi Chic Mama