I recently put a little color into my life, but apparently I need a whole lot more. When we moved to the small Montana town where we live, we bought a small old building, moved in and went to work since both my husband and I had deadlines. The walls were once white, I think. Then one day I just couldn’t take it anymore.
It is amazing what a little paint did for my mood. Little did I know though just how important those coats of paint were to my mental and physical well-being.
At the time I chose my colors, I didn’t know about Color Psychology. Fortunately, I went with my gut. When I chose “Sombrero” (which turned out to be an orangey terracotta) I didn’t know that orange was a “joyful” color that evokes fun, cheeriness and warm exuberance.
It also apparently relieves feelings of self-pity and lack of self-worth, something every writer I know could use especially on deadline. Orange also, according to chromotherapists, stimulates the mind to find interest in life and lifts the spirits. Hallelujah!
On the downside, orange is believed to increase cravings for food. But you can’t have everything in only one color, right?
My curtains have some orange in them as well. And so does the wall hanging I quilted when I was only dreaming about getting the office painted.
I think I will add more yellow though. It’s said to be an uplifting color and it symbolizes wisdom. I could definitely use some of that as I write.
I’m glad I didn’t go with green. The last thing I need is a restful color. I have enough trouble staying awake some days. But green is apparently the go-to color when you’re undecided. It’s the color of nature, fertility (definitely don’t need that) and balance. I’m a writer. I have no balance.
Blue is also a calming color. It makes you feel quiet and protected and inspires creativity, clarity and mental control. Dark blue though apparently has a strong sedative effect. Not a good idea for writers since apparently it can also lead to deep depression.
Purple is good for those irrational fears. They use this for psychiatric patients. I’m not going there.
The rest of my office is “Glazed Sugar.” This is probably where the appetite part takes over. I’m glad I didn’t go gray since it is associated with self-criticism. I have enough of
that already. Gray can lead to loneliness too. I spend hours alone in this office as it is.
Red, while a powerful color associated with ambition and vitality, also evokes aggressiveness. Too much red could make me irritated, impatient and uncomfortable. My last office was red. This could explain a lot. Also I think some book reviewers must have red walls, don’t you think?
I’m so glad I’ve discovered color therapy. I can’t wait to find something big and yellow, like Big Bird, to add to my office for the creative and intellectual energy I’m often lacking. Supposedly it will help me think more clearly, make good decisions and come up with new ideas. Wow, I’m going to need a lot of yellow.
So what’s on your walls? And how are you feeling?