Friday, November 17, 2006

Colors, and what they do

Red – This is the ideal color to draw attention to yourself. Wear red if you’re going on an audition, showing off your creative work, or want to set yourself apart from the crowd. Avoid this color if you’re suffering from nervousness.

Orange – A fusion of passionate red and optimistic yellow, orange represents unity. Wear this color when you are trying to promote harmony among warring colleagues or relatives. Stay away from this color when you want to distinguish yourself from others.

Yellow – The brighter the shade of yellow, the cheerier it seems. Mellow, earthy tones convey stability and steadiness. Wear this color when you want to promote clarity; it’s ideal for making decisions. Avoid yellow when you’re tired, as it is draining.

Green – Green is the color of growth and development. Therefore, it’s an ideal shade to wear when taking classes and acquiring skills. It’s also good to motivate people to get out of a rut. Because it is stimulating, you should avoid it when you’re feeling restless.

Blue – Blue is associated with introspection and tranquility. This color helps people loosen up and speak their minds, so it’s ideal for promoting communication. Stay away from blue, though, when you are depressed, because it can compound your depression.

Purple – This regal color is associated with regality and spirituality. It’s an ideal shade to wear when you’re seeking your life’s purpose. Avoid purple when you are having trouble putting your plans into action, because it inhibits practicality.

Pink – Soothing and nurturing, pink is a great color for putting people at ease. This color also dissipates anger, so it’s a great choice when you want to kiss and make up. Avoid pink if you want to be seen as decisive and bold, however, as it conveys softness.

Gray – Gray invokes balance and safety, and should be worn when things are spiraling out of control. You should also sport this color when you want to avoid the chopping block. Stay away from gray when you are seeking a promotion or want to be noticed.

Brown – Whenever you feel scared or insecure, wear brown. This grounding color has an effect that is most comforting. Wear it when you want others to put their faith in you. Avoid brown, however, when you are in a rut or dealing with stubborn people.

Black – Black conveys a sense of depth and strength that is most formidable. Wear this color when you want to command authority or exude mystery. Stay away from black, however, if people question your motives or if you want to be treated as an equal.

White – Nothing inspires trust like the color white. Wear this color when you want to appear detailed, efficient and faultless. Keep away from white when you want to convey a relaxed, easygoing image. White can also promote anxiety, so use it carefully.

Metallics – Shiny colors like gold, bronze, copper and silver inspire creativity. There are no better colors to wear when you are engaged in an artistic project of some kind. Metallics make people critical and discerning, so avoid them if you’re feeling sensitive.