COLOUR AND YOU

I’m sure you’ve all seen loads of information on social media about colour psychology related to interiors and how by choosing the right colours we can affect how our homes and surroundings ‘feel’ and look. If colour can indeed have that effect then surely that also applies to the colours we wear - by wearing clothes in the right tones and colours for us then can we assume it will make us look and feel better ?

This is the magic of colour psychology and colour harmony.

Discovering your personal colours isn’t simply about finding colours that suit you or match your hair and skin colour. Because we are dealing with colour psychology it actually goes much deeper than that. I always say to my clients - “Colour never lies” - and its true. It just cuts straight to who we really are and reveals to us our authentic selves independently of what we have been conditioned to believe about ourselves from society and other influences in our lives.

By exploring our personality type and more importantly our subordinate personality we can begin to make an analysis as to which colour group we are best aligned to and will best benefit us. Incidentally its important to note that your subordinate personality can often have a massive influence on how you live your life and express yourself to the world. It’s not uncommon to find that people find it easier to express their authentic selves at home but not necessarily through the clothes they wear. There’s probably two reasons for this - we are all massively influenced by fashion trends and might be persuaded to buy things through clever marketing that we don’t really need. Also, subconsciously we may not feel confident enough to show the world the ‘real’ us. Have you ever met someone, formed an impression about them from how they look , then when you visit their home discover its saying something completely different.

I’m sure you’ve all seen loads of information on social media about colour psychology related to interiors and how by choosing the right colours we can affect how our homes and surroundings ‘feel’ and look. If colour can indeed have that effect then surely that also applies to the colours we wear - by wearing clothes in the right tones and colours for us then can we assume it will make us look and feel better ?

MORNINGLIHT DREAMLIGHT FIRELIGHT STARLIGHT

(Please note - the screen distorts these colours so they may not be a true representation of each colour group)

There are four tonal colour groups (as shown above) and each group is aligned with a personality type. Each group contains every colour but are tonally different.

Morninglight ……

Dreamlight

Firelight

Starlight

Every single one of us will ‘fit’ with one of these groups though obviously we all have our own unique personality traits. For example no two firelights will be exactly the same - they will be influenced by their subordinate personality and of course other social, conditioned influences. They will however however be aligned to the same colour group though may have different colour preferences within that group. For example a Firelight with a Morninglight subordinate is more likely to be drawn to the brighter, less murky colours of firelight. A Firelight with a Dreamlight subordinate might prefer Firelight colours that have a lot of grey in them (farrow and ball paint colours spring to mind)

One thing worth pointing out here is that we will all naturally try and self analyse but it is worth remembering that it’s not always easy to see ourselves exactly how we are. When looking at the groups we might see a bit of ourselves in every group which can feel a bit confusing. Or we might find ourselves drawn to a particular group because it is something we aspire to rather than something that we really are.

Colour analysis

So going back to the beginning - I think its safe to assume that if we wear the colours that are aligned to our personality type we will feel more supported and definitely look better. This type of analysis is absolute - your colours don’t change as you get older, or if you have a suntan, or if you die your hair. I often hear people saying that they can no longer wear a particular colour - the truth is they probably never could but because they were younger they could get away with it.

“If a colour is right for you, you can wear it anytime of the day or night, with or without makeup, from the day you were born to the day you die.”

Angela Wright - Colour Affects



Personal Colour Analysis



The positive benefits of a colour analysis using the combination of colour psychology and colour harmony.

  1. you will look younger, feel more centred, feel more energised

2. all the above will give you more self confidence

3. you will gain insight into your authentic self that will have a positive impact on your life - from clothing choices, to how you decorate your home, to your creative expression

4. make shopping trips easier and less stressful - its easy to scan a shop for your colours and not get distracted by everything else

5, buy clothes with confidence knowing that by making the right colour choices you are buying something that will last a lifetime - no ore expensive mistakes

6. know exactly what colours to wear for any occasion - whether its a friends wedding, a job interview or a daunting presentation at work.

7. every morning me met with a positive affirmation of you when you open your wardrobe

As a little experiment - if you are someone who wears a lot of black - for a few days wear different colours and see how you feel at the end of the day. Do you feel exhausted or slightly more energised. Did you receive more comments or compliments.