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Color Part 16: Color your Attitude

Updated on January 4, 2011

You can be color-conscious

Day by day, in every way, become more and more colour-conscious. You’ll get better and better at it.

Switch over from your white notepaper to blue or pink or pale yellow. Experiment with various coloured inks. Or try to match the colour to the letter’s attitude or the effect your communication is intended to create. To appease a friend who left in a huff the previous evening, use blue notepaper. Write about planting more trees on green paper. Write an angry letter on yellow paper with red ink! Notes to the milkman may be in white, though! Pink letters to the mm is highly suspicious!

Wear colours to suit your mood. Or to suit the other party’s mood when you go to a meeting. Blue for peace, white for honesty, green and brown for neutrality, red for aggressiveness, black or purple for mystery. Mauve and Lilac for romantic mystery! Even the colour of your underwear is important! Reveals the real you! No, I don’t mean see-thru stuff, silly! Try it: you will feel a different person when you wear red underwear and another one when you wear white undies! If you wear pink frilly panties and are male, that's how you are in secret! It’s your biz, not mine, but mind it when you go to a public loo! Shake well after use.

Don’t dismiss colours as red, green, blue, yellow or whatever. Don’t just say, “Oh what pretty colours!” Notice the subtle differences and speak intelligently on colours. You may even name your own colours: desert yellow, wool pink, dung green or mother-in-law grey. You will be the colour pro of your neighbourhood and people will quote your colours! If you’re male, keep in touch with women’s fashion and the colours of lipstick, nail polish, hair and clothes. You’ll have an edge over colourless rivals.

Observe the colours of your body. Skin colour is a good indication of health or lack of, most times. Nail colour, too. Nails should be pinkish, with prominent cuticles, normally. When you’re ill, their colours change. Yellowish is unhealthy. White marks could indicate calcium defficiency or just that you didn’t wash the toothpaste off that morning. Nicotine stains mean that it’s high time you cut down on smoking.

Before you throw your junkmail brochures away, study the c combos. Why did the graphic designer put which colour where? You may also study the billboards when you wait for the traffic lights to go green. Till the car behind honks you out of your reverie!

Study all posters, ads, mags, books, websites you get to see. Why this hue and why not blue? Think like that, for starters. Any new colour combo you see, file mentally for future use.

Study the skin colours of people of various races. Notice how white skin appears pink in certain backgrounds and yellower in others? See how blacks are not blacks but dark browns? See how dark we are sitting next to whites in photographs and films? That’s contrast for you. There’s lots of variety in Indian skin if you notice, not just fair, dark or wheatish. ‘Wheatish’ complexion is Indian, matrimonial-ad jargon for medium fairness! There’s yellowish fair and reddish fair, please spot the six differences! When you study foreign skins, don’t do it too obviously. My friend who did that in a beach resort had some unpleasantness with the topless lady from London! Be very careful, folks!

To round it all off, let me say that colours work for you. And a colour savvy person paints better, designs better, decorates better, dresses better and thinks colourfully!


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      Ashok Rajagopalan 7 years ago from Chennai

      Jackie, what you can do is customize your uniform up to the level permitted, as we did with school uniforms. Actually, uniforms are great opportunities to show off our uniqueness cleverly. See where you can add a dash of colour without causing offense to the powers on high. :)

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      Jackie Paulson 7 years ago from USA IL

      What is so crazy in the beauty industry we have to wear Black Uniforms, now that doesn't make any sense. Our individuality has totally been taken from us. Some careers force us to wear Uniforms. Society is so crazy and judgmental these days. I miss my individuality as I have to wear black to work and spend most of my time at work. Great hub on colors.

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 8 years ago from Chennai

      hi varrack :)

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 10 years ago from Chennai

      Right, Joni. And I love your Avatar's colors! :)

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      Joni Solis 10 years ago from Kentwood, Louisiana

      I love color! I love to look at the different colors around me every day. The sky and the color of the light it shines on all of nature - changing by the pasting hours.

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 10 years ago from Chennai

      That's awesome, Cindy, all those colours within the family.

      Thanks for the colourful comment, hehe.

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      Cindy King 10 years ago from Just South of Paris France

      So true. In my family growing up we all had 4 different hues under our suntans. My dad's was red, my mom's was golden,my brother's was dark brown, and mine an average brown. Thanks for the colourful read.

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 10 years ago from Chennai

      Thank you, Compu-smart! Whew!

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      Compu-Smart 10 years ago from London UK

      lol, not at all Kenny, you have just teached me how color is so important in every aspect of life..;)

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 10 years ago from Chennai

      Compu-smart, I am delighted to have contributed that much! This is my last hub in the color series unless someone makes a request for something i haven't covered. Peppers? lol! Hope it doesn't stop being fun; then you will start cursing me! :)

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      Isabella Snow 10 years ago

      Interesting hub! I'm whiter than white, ghostly white. Amazing, considering my father was dark brown at my age, and my mother, while white, is not as white as me! Genetics!

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      Compu-Smart 10 years ago from London UK

      Because of your hubs Kenny I have not just been deciding on colors for the home and what colors to wear. I even thought about you while i was choosing my peppers, you know, those yellow, green and red ones !! lol.

      You teach us not to underestimate the power of color;)

      Another great Hub as always..

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 10 years ago from Chennai

      Your son-in-law will probably have a mom-in-law green, something like eco-green, I think, as I don't think you will ever be that mom-in-law of standard jokes!

      To add to your great comment, I remember that when I was unwell, 

      I could wear only sombre colors, and definitely not red!

      And Great COMMENT as ever!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Kenny, again a good one, You are right about color being a compass to our mood or frame of mind. If you're 'down in the dumps' you'll most likely pick somber colors to wear. Love the '...mother-in-law grey' I remember exactly what that looks like from my XMo-in-Law. I'll have to inquire from my 'son-in-law' if he gets an understanding of that color from me???

      Great HUB as always

      regards Zsuzsy