Or is it ‘pink is the new black.’ No, I think ‘orange is the new gray’, saw it in a magazine the other day.
I’m not one to follow fashion trends, at least not too closely. But there is no doubt that color has a profound impact on us. Well, you know! It’s been black and white for quite a while now. It might make for some great photography but it doesn’t do a whole lot for the pysche.
Color affects our emotional state. Our physical reaction to various colors is well documented. For instance, you walk into a furniture store having previously decided that a taupe couch is what you need. You come around the corner and there it is – a quirky red ‘cuddler’ sectional. Can you image it, plunking down the bucks for a red couch? What do you say? “No way! Are you insane? I’d never buy a red couch.” Or “I love it! Just the thing to get me through the winter, it’s perfect!”
In Maine we are painfully aware of the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder. I am beginning to think it is more than the lack of light that affects us. Perhaps there is a color component to the disorder. If color can have an effect on those with brain disorders or emotional difficulties what can it do for us in Northern climates? See Color Therapy and Color Healing.
To that end, let’s experiment. Make it a point to head to town this week and buy something colorful. It doesn’t have to be as large as a red couch. Perhaps a bit of fabric to cover some pillows or yellow tulips for the kitchen counter. When I think color I think Jill Caldwell’s paintings and George Pearlman’s pottery. The addition of either works of art would sure make a room.
Even a single pink gerbera daisy can lift one’s spirit.
A stop at the garden center is essential for me this time of year. As I step into the greenhouse, the sight of seedlings being planted draws me in. The dark, rich potting soil has an aroma that rivals coffee. There is a chemical change that occurs in my brain as I sneak over and run my fingers through the dirt. After absorbing as much green as I possibly can, I greedily grab the most beautiful bunch of tulips with the strongest color.
Ahhh, spring will come. That’s what they tell me. Maybe I will make it until April after all.
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