I grew up in the 70’s. And in that decade color was so prevalent you could almost taste it. From the psychedelic album covers (for those of that actually know what albums are) to the drastic disco outfits and lava lamps – color was everywhere. Wall posters of our favourite bands awash in reds, oranges and purples were plastered on the walls in our teenage bedrooms and things as ordinary as kitchen appliances were bathed in a spectral representation of the full color wheel.
Mood rings were all the rage and my mother’s affliction for that particular piece of jewellery was my first foray into the correlation of color and feeling. Colors are tied to our emotions and even used to describe feelings. People will tell you that they are feeling blue when they are depressed or green with envy and when angered, they see red.
Contrary to some opinions we dream in color. The intensity of the hues in the hours of our sleep are described as representing the emotions we are experiencing in our conscious hours. Dreams of black often epitomize stress and the feeling of being overwhelmed and the presence of color can be translated into the myriad of emotions we face each day.
We all appreciate color in our own unique way – from the clothes we wear to the decoration and palettes we choose in our home. Color can be used to represent who we truly are and the state of mind in which we find ourselves. I love the outdoors so when it came time to choose the items in my home I brought a part of Mother Nature’s landscape indoors by decorating in greens and browns. My home gives me a sense of comfort with those rich colors and relaxes me in a way that a stark monochromatic home never could.
There really is something golden in the absence of sound. I am going to spend an hour after work letting the warmth of that orange sun settle on my creamy flesh. I am going to smile at the red buds on the branches and allow the blues and greens of nature soothe my soul.
What color are you feeling today?