Musings: Color My Mood

Today’s topic is: “Does color change your mood?” 

My bookshelves are full of books that I haven’t yet read. It’s a sad fact that there are more unread books on my shelves than read ones. When I saw this topic, it reminded me of one such book that I bought years ago: Color Magic for Beginners by Richard Webster.

webster cover

I had never heard of Richard Webster, but apparently, he’s an award-winning multi-million selling author, ghostwriter, mentalist, hypnotist, and magician. He has written a boat-load of New Age books. Check out this partial list I found on the inside cover:

Webster books

I can honestly say I’ve never wondered if my pet was psychic, but maybe someday I’ll check out his take on Feng Shui or creative visualization.

This Color Magic book covers everything from color-centric meditations to crystals to choosing the right colors for your home. As I skimmed through it, I realized how little I pay attention to the colors around me.

Home color choices, phoebedecook.com

When we renovated our old farmhouse several years ago, my husband picked out the neutral paint colors and floor coverings for the first floor (living room, dining room, master bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom). The walls are a light brown with dark brown molding and white trim around the doors and windows. I was allowed to select the color scheme for the second floor, which has the girls’ bedroom and an office. I chose a blueberry wall with navy trim and navy fleck carpet for the office, and white walls with dark gray trim for most of the bedroom (except one rich rust-colored accent wall) with dark gray plush carpeting with rust flecks.

Now that I think about it, being downstairs, surrounded by beige (“a grounding color that provides support and stability” according to Mr. Webster), makes the colors I see outside stand out even more. The bright greens of spring and summer and the gray and whites of winter become the focal point of my attention. But upstairs, while sitting in the office, I notice the colorful walls and they make me smile. Working in the office, I feel peaceful and happy. Mr. Webster writes “Blue is cool, calm, fresh, soothing, relaxing, tranquil, reflective, and refreshing. It creates a sense of well-being.” I couldn’t agree more.

 

Share your favorite color in the comments.

~ Phoebe DeCook

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