Coloring our Present/Colors of our Past

While skimming a few websites today, I came along a great article on how color impacts our lives, depending on our history, our upbringing, and our visual attachments. Thanks to the Kreative Ways & Solutions Blog for including the following exercepts on their blog!

Excerpted from Colors For Your Every MoodBy Leatrice Eiseman: href=”www.eisemancolorblog.com”>eisemancolorblog.com

Color and Your Background:

Where Were You And Your Parents Raised?

If you were brought up in an area where social pressures, traditions, and rigid color rules were enforced, it may be difficult to shake those old dictums or clichés. For instance, one of the oldest of those dictatorial color taboos was that blue and green should never be used in combination; and, until the 1960¹s they rarely were. This was an especially ludicrous dictum since blue and green are so beautifully combined in natural settings-a beautiful blue sky providing a background for a lush green meadow or reflected over tropical turquoise waters. Some of the most fabulous combinations appear together in natural scenes and we never challenge Mother Nature¹s ability to use color harmony.

Although questioning where your parents grew up might seem irrelevant, it truly is not. Your parents and their parents and all of the generations before you are the products of cultures whose beliefs and color traditions, no matter how subtle, have been passed on to you. A second or third generation Japanese American might consider themselves part of the melting pot mainstream culture, yet there may still be the vestiges of traditional beliefs. They may be drawn to the same quiet neutrals with accents of rich reds, teals, and golds of their family furnishings.

A man of Spanish descent might have difficulty wearing pink even in a casual tee shirt because in that culture, from earliest infancy, pink is strictly for females. It takes a strong will, a rebellious nature or a very open mind to defy tradition. Interestingly, most men of any culture don¹t have any problem snuggling under a cushy pink blanket or looking especially healthy in the reflected rosy glow of a pink bathroom, just as long as a woman has done the decorating and shares the space.

Women are more likely than men to have pleasant color associations and men are more apt to be indifferent to many colors. Why? Color is rarely part of a man¹s education; they simply haven¹t spent enough time involved with color. Maybe now tha there are more girls than ever sliding into home plate and boys learning to cook, this will change. But it is still the case that girls spend more time dressing and coordinating their doll¹s wardrobe or decorating their doll house, while boys are involved in more active pursuits that are generally less artistic. Little girls shop with Mom, observe her making color choices and emulate her as their primary role model, while boys are busy pummeling each other in sports activities. If you are a man with many pleasant color associations, you probably have an eye for color or were encouraged (fortunately) by parents or teachers to exercise your *right brain* activities. Lucky you! Your life will certainly be enhanced by a greater appreciation of the colorful world around you, not to mention the unleashing of that creative urge that lies deep within you, as it does in,every human being, male or female.

March is National Color Therapy Month. Sherry Burton Ways of Kreative Ways & Solutions Blog writes, “Color Therapy used in our interiors teaches us how to create an aesthetically pleasing environment but also helps us feel good about ourselves. We can use color to alleviate problems we have, whether they are mental, spiritual, physical or emotional. This does not mean that we have to be ill in order to benefit from color therapeutics, but we can use it for creative and spiritual inspiration in our homes.”

Their first teleseminar series Color Healing Home: Wellness In Your Decor is coming up next next week on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm. It costs only $18.00 and you can register online at

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