As many of you know, I continue my education every two years as part of my certification as a Holistic Life Coach and I absolutely love it because I constantly get to learn about subjects I love and have a deep passion for. As many of you also know, I am currently obtaining my certification in Design Psychology. You can read more about why I chose this subject and what it entails HERE. So, as part of this program, I get to listen to amazing experts in their fields share their tips and tools with me, dive into lectures that explore the very foundations of Design Psychology and what we have learned throughout time, and understand the importance/significance of everything that goes into a space.
Anyway, I was listening to a lecture the other day regarding color and how significant it can be for a space. I found myself in agreeance with what was being said like, “Yep, color produces certain emotions, mindsets, energy, etc. for people when put into a space,” and “I understand that there must be cohesiveness throughout the space in order to produce a certain sense of feelings, function, and flow”. This I understand and have always embraced. But the expert said something really interesting that I have only touched on a bit throughout my education- A color that may be calming to one person, may not be calming at all to another. For example, I find minimalist tones/colors very soothing, relaxing, and provide perfect palettes for me to think and create upon. However, talking to a friend of mine, they find vibrant pinks and mustardy yellows to be their go-to for creativity and calm. How can our concept of colors be so drastically different?!
Our personal life experiences, personality types, and situational factors all contribute to how we perceive color and how that color ultimately makes us feel. So, what may be calm to one person, may produce quite the opposite effect in another. For example, if a person had a drowning accident in the ocean, they may actually tie that experience to the color and hues of certain blues. This may then result in “blue” not being a calming color AT ALL for that individual. Another example is people who love living life boldly, tend to lie on the far end of the extroverted scale, and often find their attire consists of vibrant neon colors. This person may find very little need or desire to have neutral tones in their space, and actually prefer the statement of bold colors. In a sense, this is the color palette that signals restoration and “home” for them.
I am becoming completely obsessed with the role colors play in our lives; yes, even more so than before. I will continue to share my knowledge and little tid-bits with you along the way!
Also, if you need a little inspiration and guidance in creating your space- whether it be an office, your bedroom, or a little nook to call your own in the living room- I love working with women who want to make their space their own. Simply send me a message or comment below and we will get something set up. I would love to connect with you!
Your Women’s Lifestyle Coach & Owner of Little Bits Lifestyle Products