At the Creative Season, we believe color isn’t only important to in matters of business, its essential to everyday life!
The colors of our clothing we choose, the color of the food we eat, the colors of the rooms we sleep in.
Why is giving someone flowers (or buying a pretty bunch at Trader’s Joe’s for you!) so rewarding? Besides being thoughtful, the colors of the flowers may soothe, energize, calm and inspire our emotions.
Sometimes we get so busy working on our businesses and in our businesses that we forget to take time to care for ourselves and refill our own well.
Here are some ways to use colors and practices -all simple and low key- to bring in some rejuvenating energy to your life!
- Put flowers out on your desk, conference table or thinking spot. Instead of the grocery store mix, go for a single color of flowers or something else more eye-catching and illuminating.
Pick a color of flower of the mood you want more of in your work. So, if you’re aiming to add a bit more discussion, consider choosing sunflowers. They’re yellow and brown combination gives a gorgeous blend of industrious energy and cheerfulness.
- Wear a new color.
If you’ve had your colors done or gone through the seasonal archetypes and discovered what your best color palette is, play around in it. What are some colors that you’ve never tried, but would probably look really good on you, add to your confidence or just be plain fun? It’s easy to get in a clothing rut and wear the same colors all the time.
Just by changing the colors we’re wearing, we can change how we feel which in turn changes how we think and act. (Yes, it can be this powerful!)
If you aren’t sure what color scheme would look the best on you or never paid attention, have some fun and try colors that you like but perhaps, felt nervous about wearing. If you’re like me and hesitant to spend a lot of money on clothes I’m not sure of, shop in consignment and thrift stores. If it doesn’t work, there’s not so much guilt.
Another style tip: I have a great-aunt who really should have been a personal stylist. I’ve never seen someone who can find things in consignment shops for other people that fit and look amazingly! Her one rule is, “You have to love it.”
Many of us have smooshed down our intuition with colors and clothing based on so many things. But if you can get back to that, “Do I love it?” especially with color, you’ll often gravitate to colors that will make you feel (and look) amazing.
- Take away excess colors and clutter from your workspace, kitchen or living area. This goes for work spaces too.
Sometimes we can’t get any sense of energy because there is too much clutter and color. Put away extra throw pillows or the stack of magazines or knick knacks from a living room. What colors are left?
- Experiment with color in your social media feeds. This works great for Instagram and it can be done for work or business. What colors look like you the most?
In The Instagram Series, I wrote several color tips for creating a pop in your Instagram feed. You can read more about that here.
Here is one of the Inst profiles I shared. Photographer and world traveler Emilie’s feed is constantly changing, but she posts about 6-9 pictures with the same color “feel” before moving on. Click on the picture to redirect to Instagram and follow her travels.
- In this post I discuss the easiest way to start a brand or re-brand…by changing your pictures. But you should also change the pictures on YOUR walls!
We’re a visual society. More than anything, we can use pictures to see what our customers respond to….and what they don’t. Don’t take it personally, evaluate the colors that people responded to best and decide why.
And, sometimes it’s good to change up the art and photography on your walls. It doesn’t have to be expensive.
Recently, my bff decided she wanted to jazz up her bathroom with a bit more color. She took some bright, abstract floral cards she’d been given, framed them in gold frames and wa-la! She had a fun, inspired, new look for her bathroom walls.
- Bring nature inside. I mentioned flowers in #1, but an alternative is to bring green plants into your home or office.
Recently, my grandma gave me two green plants. I’ve always been partial to flowers, so this was a fun and welcome change in my room. I’ve enjoyed the different feel plants bring to a room.
- When decorating a room or planning how to incorporate seasonal décor into your home or business, do the opposite of what you’d normally do.
For example, if you normally love a bouquet of flowers, pick out some plants. If you gravitate towards plants, pick up a bouquet of flowers. Note the different feelings you have with the different floral and greenery in your space.
- Go for a pop of a single color instead of a lot of colors.
This could be using a single-color stationary for thank you / follow up letters from the office or incorporating turquoise into your wardrobe (think scarves, nail polish, shoes, shirts) for a month.
The clothing store White House Black Market made a name for itself by selling clothes that were only black and white. It was really an innovative idea and I loved going through that store.
Slowly they added one color a season- a bright pink or vivid yellow- and that was intriguing. I noticed all the single colors they added were colors in the winter-linked palette (for the most part): daring, bold, dramatic, statement colors.
Now they’ve incorporated more colors included more muted colors and, at least for me, the store lost its POP factor that originally dominated the brand.
Sometimes it’s what we don’t do that makes all the difference.
Don’t be afraid to go with less. That could end up being your more!
- Create a color board for your current season of life.
Go through magazines and cut out pictures and words that resonate with you. As much as possible, don’t think about it, just go with what is catching your attention and drawing you in. Post them on a piece of paper. Are there any similarities between the groups?
These lovely women came to a class where we created boards with the pictures, colors and words that were inspiring us in our season of life. Almost intuitively, each participant was drawn to a certain color palette.
- Remember that this is all an experiment.
It’s not for forever. We can change and play with colors. Most of our decisions are not permanent. Obviously, take some time to decide whether or not to paint the exterior of your home or business lavender (maybe not a great idea), but most of these things are not permanent. Letting go of
- Pay attention to trends.
Is there something out there that inspires you? Would creating a bullet journal be a way for you to organize lists or jot down ideas on paper that would be inspiring and creative?
Bullet journals are a wonderful way to organize creatively. If you’re a free spirit, this might work for you. Plus, you can choose your colors!!
Another trend is painting pieces of furniture with a bold pop of color instead of a wall. My friend who follows interior design trends pointed this out to me. She’s been eying a piece of DIY furniture at Ikea. It’s great fun because she can play with design and color (her loves) and not the refurbishing part of furniture. Win. Win. Win.
Plus, it’s so much easier to change out a color on a side table than paint (and repaint) a wall.
With the trend of DIY furniture, stores are providing more options and help to DIY’ers, making it easier and more affordable to play with color!
Now, it’s your turn!
What colors can you infuse in your personal or business place to increase the energy and create a different feel. Have fun and play it up! Remember, each color emphasizes different emotions. If you’re looking for specific feels, play with those colors, whether in flowers, a table cloth, a background for your desktop screen or new pictures for you bathroom wall.