Up until a few years ago I wore a lot of black. Friends and family told me darker colours make you look slimmer, so I wore black. Instead of making me feel slim, I felt awful. Black washed out my fair skin, and I had to wear more makeup to compensate, which made me look tired and drained.

After realizing this, I started to wear more colour and realized that certain colours actually changed the way I felt, could actually improve my mood. Not only that I was getting compliments. Now I wear juicy reds, teals, purples and more. The colours feel cheerful, and I smile more, so I look fresher and happier. And when I show up to a client’s house or a meeting in a bright-coral dress or royal blue coat, people always remark how nice it is to see the bright colour with all the grey weather,. It’s like carrying tulips with me everywhere I go. I become memorable, and that’s a great trick for networking or meeting a room full of strangers, they might not remember my name but they will remember what I wore.

I also traded in my boring white four-door for a bright red hatchback. I opt for richer wall colours and floor coverings. The power of waking up in a vividly hued wall gives me a happy start to my day.

Colour is a powerful communication tool and can be used to signal action, influence mood, and even influence physiological reactions. Certain colours have been associated with increased blood pressure, increased metabolism, and eyestrain.

So how exactly does colour work? How is colour believed to impact mood and behaviour?

While perceptions of colour are somewhat subjective, there are some colour effects that have universal meaning. Colours in the red area of the colour spectrum are known as warm colours and include red, orange, and yellow. These warm colours evoke emotions ranging from feelings of warmth and comfort to feelings of anger and hostility.

Colours on the blue side of the spectrum are known as cool colours and include blue, purple, and green. These colours are often described as calm, but can also call to mind feelings of sadness or indifference.

Chromotherapy is sometimes referred to as light therapy or colorology and is still used today as a holistic or alternative treatment, this involves using certain colours to stimulate the mind and body.

In this treatment:

  • Red was used to stimulate the body and mind and to increase circulation.
  • Yellow was thought to stimulate the nerves and purify the body.
  • Orange was used to heal the lungs and to increase energy levels.
  • Blue was believed to soothe illnesses and treat pain.
  • Indigo shades were thought to alleviate skin problems.

Humans have long connected colours with emotions (Are you green with envy? Do you feel blue? Is your outlook skewed by rose-tinted glasses?), but can colour really change our mood? Totally, I believe so.

While it’s true that we have emotional and cultural associations with certain colors—yellow seems cheerful, red feels passionate, and blue may inspire tranquility—it’s these associations, not the colours themselves, that influence our attitude. And these associations can vary with gender, nationality, age and design trends. White, for example, symbolizes purity and renewal in the West, but it’s considered the colour of death and mourning in Eastern nations.

Many people have a negative reaction to yellow-green hues because of their association with sickness. In fact, negative experiences with colour seem to be more visceral and indelible than positive ones. If you have terrible memories of your green elementary-school bathrooms, I’m not even going to try to convince you that a jade dress could work for you.”

What my clients really desire is a feeling, they may want a sense of warmth or serenity, and you can get that by showing them their correct colours using the colour me beautiful method. There are two main dominants, eye & hair colour & then your second dominant is your skintone. By introducing their best colours to clothes and makeup it can change their look completely – less tired, more alert, fresher faced, make your eyes look bigger or more healthy.

If you think you look good in purple, you’ll be happier when you look in the mirror when wearing purple as opposed to pink. That little boost in confidence can snowball throughout the day—you smile more, receive more compliments and summon the nerve to ask out your crush (who says yes, of course, because you look so fetching in purple!)—and make a big difference in your mood.

Choosing colour that makes you feel great is such an easy way to boost the happiness factor in your life, my favourite feel good colour is red. T

Avocado-colored refrigerators made our parents happy in the 1960s. Grey walls and stainless steel seem to make us feel good about our homes today. What colours will make us happy tomorrow?