Month: February 2016

the colour of joy

The topic of colour has been surfacing lately and its made me think about the impact of tones and hues that surround us. Scientists have found that blue extends creativity and pink can calm the mind. And we all know that a burst of red can cause a bull to rage and charge. Some colours we can’t control – we can find ourselves in bleak, cold landscapes or living at the edge of the sea – both complete with their own natural palette.

But it turns out, we have a great amount of input and control over really basic colour choices. How we decorate our homes, the colour of pen we hold, our plates of food, and of course the bits closest to our skin – our wardrobes.

I’m a mad fan of colour in all its forms. I have bright pink club chairs, an orange and purple chandelier, and flouro blue deck chairs. And that’s just the view from my writing desk. My clothing tends to follow this trend and I’m often spotted wearing brightly coloured pants, dress, coats and accessories. And you know what, I’m convinced these crazy bright colours deepen my JOY. After all, black is the universal colour of mourning and those emoticons only smile with yellow.

If colours can add a burst of levity, perhaps its worth stirring up the black and neutral uniform of so many and adding a splash of colour. Especially if its a grey and rainy day or you’re feeling just a little less than spectacular. Go ahead, be brave. . . brighten up your clothes and I reckon your mood will follow.