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How does color effect your mood?
Color has always been a part of our life. Our home décor, the color of our car, your favorite color, our favorite color clothes or shoes. Color is more that an accent to you we are, it can actually expose who we are!!
Color Therapy has been used for many years. From the color you use for your babies room to the color of the inside walls of prisons, hospistals, and even your website,. In this hub we will discover the meaning of such colors and their appropriate use.
The Color Pink
This color produces a sedative like affect. It is commonly used in prisons to make prisoners less aggressive and anxious. Not all prisons have pink walls, they are mostly in cells where prisoners are for a short period of time to calm them down. It has also been used in Private Mental Institutions where the complete décor is pink or it's sister colors. Baby girls wear pink as a sign of femininity and gender but it also works well as the color of the nursery for it's calming effect. Maybe that's why I have never seen a pink gym and why men that wear pink appear somewhat harmless. Have you ever seen someone rob a convenient store wearing a pink polo?
The color scarlet, mother of the red family. This color shows the emotion of Desire, Friendly Composition and a Believable Personality. Dramatic yet warm like the Christmas Holiday. I would wear this color in court. lol
Bright Red is Dangerous, Exciting and loud. Red is a color of Battle and warns of Danger. I would wear red in the Boxing Ring, maybe somewhere in a Red Formal that you would definitely wanted to be looked at twice.
Coral represents Wild, fiery and Explosive. This mix of red and yellow appears to be out of control and very noticeable. Standing Out in A Crowd. With these attribultes, I wouln't wear this color if i was spying on my spouse.
Simply known as a color for hazards. Road signs, detours. This color is often used on many Road Construction Websites. I'd wear that color when I met my daughter's first boyfriend. Hazard Ahead!
More of an earthy tone of orange, it's mellow. Comfortable yet distinctive. It is also the color of very expensive perfumes. I can imagine a nice Amber colored sweather during the cool days of Autumn.
The color gold portrays and enhances Joy and sunny feelings. It is also associated with power and age. That is why my grandmother's living room décor is gold, all this time I thought she was reverting back to the seventies.
Yellow is sharp and anxious. It can appear startling and the overuse of yellow can make the viewer uneasy. Although I thought it was a neutral color for babies, wrong. I would add a bunch of yellow pillows and flowers to my living room when unwanted guests were about to arrive.
Lime sets your mood as clean, fresh, even naive. It is a youthful color resembling the sprouts of a new plant. I would put this color in my guest bedroom, or wear it to meet the "the parents" for the first time.
Leaf Green appears healthy, natural and secure. Green is a symbol of life. Full of Self Confidence. What a great color to wear to an interview. Not a Leaf Green suit but an accent such as a tie, scarf or handbag.
Sea Green reflects Maturity. It is also strong and restless, like a mature forest of the evergreen trees or the depths of the sea. I would wear that everyday! Good accent color for office or study.
Emerald is Brilliant, Expensive and External. It is precious as the jewel but is also represents jealousy (The Emerald Eye Monster?) and is the color of poison. I would just take the jewelry.
Teal represents Primitive and Ancient. It is also intuitive and strong, free like an eagle. This color is often used in Southwest Design as Turquoise. Teal is also used in handmade jewelry and Windcatchers.
Cyan makes you feel and appear Analytical and Intelligent. It is cold, direct and to the point. A very Articulate color. I have seen this color in a lot of Doctor's offices as wallpaper boarder. A good color for an Attorney's office.
Sky Blue is calm, True and Honest. It is a symbol of peace, tranquility and good will. Sky Blue is the choice when picking out something "blue" for a bride. (Also color of the UNC Tarhills, yeah!)
Dark Blue is Moving, soulful and compassionate. This blue has heart and emotion. Great color to wear if you want to give that impression.
Violet reflects serioiusness. It is thoughtful and Reflective. Violet is a balance between red and blue which represents mediative, soul searching thought. I good color on your screen saver when you have a writers block!
Last but not least, Purple, my favorite color since childhood. It represents Grand, Royal and Majestic. It suggests excitement. In the Western Society, it was considered to be the color of Royalty.
As one of my adventures in my life I worked as an Assistant Dye House Manager. It was a company owned by a group of Chinese and they dyed material for Liz Claiborne, DKNY, Mervyns, Talbots, and many more I can't remember. I didn't begin with this position, I was the Managers Secretary. One day he had a chinese argument I couldn't understand. He was able to explain to me the buyer said the color was off. I looked at and said, it is too blue. He looked surprise for he was the one with the "eye". The ability to look at two swatches that looked exactly alike and recite the formulas and they would be completely different. If you look at all of these colors you will find a hint or more in some of Blue. Look closely, you will see blue in all the swatches. Dark Blue is the dominant color and is used to create even the lightest of yellow.
What Color Are You?
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