When you stop to think about it, it makes sense that change inspires the use of color, and in turn, the employment of color can inspire change.
With a million variations on shades of a million different hues, there are countless ways to use it: In art, design, fashion and even for healing. Chromotherapy, or color therapy, has been used for years to affect moods, emotions and behaviors in order to treat victims of abuse and other traumas.
Different colors have different influences on our psyches. Red stimulates feelings of power and physical courage, blue is calming, orange promotes creativity.
Our April issue highlighted yellow in all its bright, happy, totally-hip-for-spring glory.
Yellow promotes acceptance, joy, energy, social identity and inner harmony. “Yellow is about change, warmth, fun and being open,” says Pamela Nielsen, local artist and expert in colors and chakras. “When people see you in yellow, they feel open to you. It’s very inviting and friendly.”
Trends in color can also change based on the economy. “When the economy is down, the color of clothing becomes very vibrant,” Nielsen says. “When the economy is up, colors go more to neutrals. When things are tough, it’s color that lifts us up.”
As the sun peeks out and the air warms up, throw on a few bright colors and see if you don’t feel that much better. Here are a few extras to try on for size.
Yellow for energy and inner harmony
Red for courage
'Wish Upon a Scarf', ModCloth | Small Antonia handbag, Marc Jacobs | Scalloped dress, J.Crew | Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in 'Psycho', Sephora | BCBGeneration Duncan Platform Pumps, Macy's
White for cleanliness and neutrality