Start Here for an Introduction to the World of Color

Just imagine a world without color. It surrounds us, affects us, can change our mood, it may even be healing. Read on to find out!

Matt’s biggest dream is that one of these days I’ll be perfectly satisfied with the first color I choose, and after one simple sample board, his work is complete!  Well, he truly is dreaming if he thinks that will ever happen!  How could it?  Color is such a complex phenomenon!  And, I think many of us don’t give it a second thought because we grew up with it.  From the first moment a touch of red or black caught our eyes as infants, to our first coloring experience with crayons, color has been a daily exp0erience.  Because of this, I think its wonder and powers are often overlooked.

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Think about it for a moment…how could we live without color?  It’s a phenomenon related to light that effects our bodies and minds even more than we might think.  I’ve personally been looking for an opportunity to really research color and delve into the mysteries behind it. And, in just a few readings I’ve discovered that there’s so much information and speculation surrounding the topic that I feel compelled to let you in on some of the basics of color as well as some of the amazing powers it holds.

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The Basics of Color Science

The first step in any color research is leaning about the basics.  Look through our color articles, “Understanding the Color Wheel” and “Understanding Color and Color Schemes”. In these articles you’ll learn the differences between hue, value and saturation, and what primary, secondary and tertiary colors mean.  The best part about these lessons…there’s no test at the end!

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Natural Color Combinations

Building on the basic knowledge of the color wheel, I want you to know how to use colors in combination.  The article “Understanding Color and Color Schemes” revisits the color wheel and explains that there are natural color combinations like monochromatic, analogous and complimentary that will make color selection so much easier for you.  Believe me; you will be glad you understand them …even if you can’t pronounce them!

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Each Color has a Personality

Did you know that each color has a personality of its own? Just like each one of us. By understanding color personalities, or color psychology, you can choose colors that are right for you and your family. For instance, red is invigorating and blue is calming.  Could knowing that help you select just the right colors for a busy kitchen or dining room?  A relaxing bedroom? We have articles on all of the main colors that will give you great insight into their personalities, their history and advice on how to use them in your home. Check out the one on “The Color Red”.  It’s a great place to start.

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Color Solving Problems

Color can also solve all kinds of decorating problems.  It can make a large rooms look smaller and narrow rooms look wider.  Just think about how color can improve your own personal dimensions!  For instance, I prefer to wear a black bathing suit, and for slacks I choose black.  For formal wear…you guessed it – black!  Why? Because dark colors make things (if you know what I mean) look smaller! The articles on each color will give you clues on how they can affect the dimensions of the rooms in your home or anything else you want to change! In the photo, we used and all white color scheme to make a tiny guest bedroom look just the opposite, spacious and inviting!

Sometimes understanding the history of something gives you insight into possibilities for the future.  Color has an interesting history all its own, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy learning about how color has grown and changed through the 20th century and beyond.  In fact, there are articles about color trends here as well that explain  what’s happening as far as the color of products to come so you can plan for your new rooms or just know if your favorite color is coming back into style!

And did you know, speaking of color history that in ancient times color was thought to have healing powers!  Brilliant gemstones full of “healing energy” were crushed up and given to ill people to drink.  Of course none of them are around anymore to tell us how successful the gem solution was, so maybe it’s all just a bunch of hooey!

I’m especially fascinated with something called a personal “color aura”.  If you are healthy emotionally and physically, your body should be radiating a full spectrum aura.  If you aren’t well, certain colors of your aura are supposed to be missing.  This is an area I will be writing about in the future as I collect some research and report back to you.

So you see, I just can’t stop talking and thinking about color.  It’s a topic as deep as its darkest hue and I look forward to discussing it further with you in many more articles as time goes by.

Shari

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