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Post by jessicabree on Tue Dec 21, 2010 12:07 pm

I remember someone I know telling me how her husband was seeing this alternative med kind of person (I don't remember the details) and they told him to place something yellow, like a scarf, square of fabric, in his office to help with his energy and mood. At first it sounded so odd to me!

But over time as I thought about it, I realized that I use color to cheer myself up all the time. I have coworkers that wear black/grey all the time but I almost always wear tops that are colorful, like my fav new top is a bright green sweater.

I made the mistake of buying a grey sweater thinking it would be good for work and honestly I find it depressing when I wear it! I am not saying grey is a bad color, but more that I love brighter colors.

Do you ever feel like you do this?
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Re: Color Therapy

Post by Laura on Tue Dec 21, 2010 12:33 pm

I'm mostly a neutral dressing girl, but I have been trying to include more color and pattern in my wardrobe. When I wear a gray sweater, I try to do it with a bright color underneath (it it'll show) or maybe a bright scarf or necklace. I don't find myself depressed if I don't use bright colors, but I just think I look better when I do Smile

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Post by Mara on Tue Dec 21, 2010 1:30 pm

Gray is my IN color for this season though I do also wear a fair amount of bright blues and greens.

To me gray isn't depressing it's calming so when I am in a stressful mood I wear gray to help sooth me.

So yeah I totally get what your are saying we are just coming at it from opposite sides (and Ill take that gray sweater. lol)

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Re: Color Therapy

Post by asarasota on Tue Dec 21, 2010 1:31 pm

My horoscope once said, "wear bright colors."
Pretty funny because at the time I only wore black and blue...

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Re: Color Therapy

Post by ceekay on Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:23 pm

I love bright colors and even when I wear neutrals I try to add color with jewelry or scarves!

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Post by HappyStamper on Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:59 pm

I know that color effects my mood. I don't care for most yellows so a yellow room would probably make me antsy. ( I don't look good in yellow, either.) I did a page before about how blue is my happy color even though most people equate "feeling blue" with being sad or down in the dumps.
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Re: Color Therapy

Post by rukristin on Tue Dec 21, 2010 4:48 pm

This is why ALL my socks are silly colors. Because I was always wearing a black or grey sweater to work. And I LOVE color. I made so many colorful things for work.

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Post by Liz on Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:04 pm

I totally agree that colour affects your mood.

I know that red stimulates hunger - that's why many eating places have it to make you eat more and that's why you shouldn't have it in your kitchen.
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Re: Color Therapy

Post by jessicabree on Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:26 pm

Mara wrote:Gray is my IN color for this season though I do also wear a fair amount of bright blues and greens.

To me gray isn't depressing it's calming so when I am in a stressful mood I wear gray to help sooth me.

So yeah I totally get what your are saying we are just coming at it from opposite sides (and Ill take that gray sweater. lol)

That was more my point... if you feel like color effects you and find yourself choosing colors for a specific reason. And I might just give you my grey sweater! lol
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Re: Color Therapy

Post by jessicabree on Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:27 pm

HappyStamper wrote:I know that color effects my mood. I don't care for most yellows so a yellow room would probably make me antsy. ( I don't look good in yellow, either.) I did a page before about how blue is my happy color even though most people equate "feeling blue" with being sad or down in the dumps.

I used to refuse to eat at Subway mostly because of that awful yellow color they use! I have a green bedroom with lots of teal/aqua and love it.
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Re: Color Therapy

Post by Laura on Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:29 pm

My kitchen is yellow, but it's actually a very golden yellow, kind of like the background here. I never would have picked it myself (it was painted that color when we bought the house), but now I can't imagine my kitchen being any other color!

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Re: Color Therapy

Post by jessicabree on Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:30 pm

I am so picky about shades of colors. Like some yellows to me are very cheerful while others are brash and too much. Same with reds to me... some I love, some I dislike! I am such a freak! Very Happy
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Re: Color Therapy

Post by motherloverdreamer on Wed Dec 22, 2010 8:39 am

i think when i wear black/white/grey i feel more mature and yes i dont act like myself LOL
i wear pink 3 out of 5 or so days so im always bright hehe. yesterday i wore red and i felt loud haha
Bree,,,add something colorful when you wear the grey sweater, like a bright scarf or necklace, maybe that will work.
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Re: Color Therapy

Post by asarasota on Wed Dec 22, 2010 9:38 am

I painted our dining room orange once--everybody in that room looked healthy and happy whenever we used it because of the orangey glow!
So yes, it's true about our surroundings...

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Re: Color Therapy

Post by jennaroo on Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:41 pm

LOL......My laundry room is painted yellow and it sure doesn't help my mood when I walk in there, lol, BUT perhaps thats due to 7 people's laundry for me to do daily......

Actually I love that color, but I've heard the same thing about soft shades of green! My youngest DD's room is spring green and with the fancy white baseboards and trim it's a relaxing place to be!

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Re: Color Therapy

Post by monica on Wed Dec 22, 2010 2:14 pm

My scraproom is a bright yellow and all I can think when I'm in there is that I really need to paint it! And my daughter's room is a pale green and it certainly isn't helping her mood any. lol

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Re: Color Therapy

Post by KimL141 on Wed Dec 22, 2010 3:44 pm

Yeah Jenifer, I don't think there is any shade of any color that will help make laundry pleasant!


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Re: Color Therapy

Post by KimL141 on Wed Dec 22, 2010 3:48 pm

I love colorful walls in rooms, but I am torn about actually doing it when I get my own house because I HATE painting! I can change accent colors and small things easily, but I know that I would not repaint as often as I would like to change things!

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Re: Color Therapy

Post by Tess on Wed Dec 22, 2010 5:54 pm

My favorite sweater currently is a magenta-y pink. I always feel "fun" when I wear it. Along the lines of color affecting our mood, we painted our den green and brown (sounds horrible, but it really does look good) and it's my favorite room in the house. It's just so calming.
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Re: Color Therapy

Post by rukristin on Wed Dec 22, 2010 5:58 pm

Bree! you arent crazy! I have favorite shades of certain colors and dislike other shades of the same color! They are totally way different. Pink is one of those colors for me. Same with yellow.

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Re: Color Therapy

Post by Kaymcee on Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:02 am

Funny thread! My kitchen used to be yellow...hated it and repainted within 2 months. It's now a cinnamon-y red. Dining is the same. Love it! Our laundry room (white w/d & cabinets) is a sea-blue. It doesn't get the laundry done faster, but still like it! Rest of the house is very neutral - shades of linen on the walls. With exception of my scrappy craft room...med/dark purple! At least the furnishings are white & birch to offset the darkness!
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