Hey Moms! Woke up late this morning, didn't sleep well. So of course, that leads to a frantic dash to throw something on, brush my teeth, make breakfast and lunches for the kids, and ensure everyone is out the door on time. As I was rumaging through my "home clothes" drawer, I found myself frantically looking for my favorite pink hoodie. Thankfully, I soon found it and continued with my morning duties. Later, after the kids were at school, a thought occured to me. Why was it so important that I find and wear my pink hoodie rather than one of the others just like it in the drawer? The answer was simple, the color. For as long as I can remember, I've been partial to pink. Why do I like it so much, I thought. Does that say something about my personality? How about other people and their favorite colors?
So, in keeping with my "random facts girl" reputation, I set off to refresh my memory about the basics of color and to learn more about the feelings they emote.
First, I wanted to look at the good 'ole color wheel. As we learned in Elementary school, the primary (base) colors are red, yellow and blue. By mixing two of your primary colors you get your secondary colors, orange, green, and purple. Then to kick it up another notch, we’ve got the tertiary colors, which you get by mixing a primary color with a neighboring secondary color. Remember?
So, onto the emotion part. The color theory, invented by Sir Charles Lemieiux, is a complex science involving psychology, physics, perception, etc. Although the theory is quite complex it does offer some interesting insight into the ways we are influenced by color. For example:
BLUE makes us feel safe and secure. This is a good color to wear if you need people to trust you.
GREEN makes us feel calm, secure and confident. This is also a good color to influence people to spend money.
RED makes us feel energetic, vigorous and hungry. This is a good color to influence people to take a risk.
YELLOW is optimistic and cheerful. This color is good if you want people to have fun.
PINK makes us feel romantic and dreamy. This is a good color for those attempting to influence youth.
ORANGE makes us feel willing to take action. This color is good if you want people to act.
BLACK makes us feel powerful and wealthy. Black, like blue and green, is good if you want people to spend money as it is also associated with luxury.
So this means I must be in a romantic, dreamy, youthful mood today. Well then, in keeping with the mood, here are some beautiful pink images for us romantic, dreamy, youthful moms to enjoy.
What is your favorite color and why? Better yet, perhaps the above principles can aid us in influencing our children's behavior. Something to think about.
Ok, done thinking...off to re-paint all three of their bedrooms orange so they will want to take action and clean them up!!
Kirsten Berger Coaching