Colour 101

Why do we have such an emotional attachment to certain colours?

We know that colours can make you feel anything from tranquil to rage. When I worked at the paint store I would hear very strong statements about colour. “Oooh! What a horrible colour, I hate or I love that colour” from customers. I learned very quickly the tie between emotions and colour. So choosing colours wisely for your home is important.

Most of the time our personal reaction to colour is based on childhood experiences.

Colours that made us happy – for me I love orange. We had an orange swing chair in our backyard. When my grandmother would come to visit, she and I would sit on that swing together and chat away the summer. So when I see orange it makes me feel happy, peaceful and safe.grandma

Colours that made us sad – dusty rose pink was the colour of my bedroom when I had pneumonia as a kid and had to stay inside for most of the summer vacation. Who gets pneumonia on summer vacation, I still feel ripped off about that!no fun being sick

Colours that were upsetting – It was called harvest gold when I was a kid and our kitchen was painted and wallpapered in it. Quite stylish at the time, but for me it evokes a memory of grief from childhood as it is the colour I see when I remember my father, head in hands sitting at the table after he had learned the news of a plane crash that a family member was in.

As you can see, colour reactions can be very personal. Colours evoke emotions to events long past some wonderfully positive while some very negative. Fortunately, most colour memories from when we were children are positive and studies show us this continues into adulthood. We get that warm fuzzy feeling every time we are surrounded by our favourite colours.

So you know what that means, paint that room or at least one wall your favourite colour. Keep it secret and you`ll have a little smile every time you see it and no one will know why.

.orange bookshelf

I painted the inside of a bookshelf my swing chair orange. No one knew why until now.

Check out these great oranges in the General Paint

ColorLife©  palette.  Grab a colour chip at one of the stores for colour accuracy.

Wellington Orange CLV 1115N     Jubilee CLV 1116N    Smoked Pumpkin CL 1537N    congac  culture

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Good Luck!

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