Thursday, August 26, 2010

Chromatic theology...

Color - seven simple hues with complex connotations. I still remember the moment I met Roy G. Biv in six grade science class. Mr. Biv and his mnemonic for the visible color spectrum still produce nostalgic perceptions of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. This color taxonomy is an efficient way to organize over six million colors into seven simple hues. Each of the six million colors has unique characteristics, charisma, and emotional implications, but for the sake of sanity, I will relish in the overgeneralization of hues and only recognize the original seven. At the risk of offending the amiable Mr. Biv, I also plan to neglect indigo.
Color envelops life, painting every aspect of our environment, consciously and subconsciously affecting our psyche. Among the wealth of scientific studies and results, there sits a practical and applicable cup of knowledge on color. Hues communicate psychological and emotional impact. Although personal impression and perception ranges, general information can help guide your color choices. Selecting the correct color can create an interior atmosphere to suite your space, aesthetics, ambiance, and psychological needs. Never underestimate the power of color.
Each post in this series will explore an individual hue, but the characteristics of the topic color can be translated into tints and shades. Keep in mind that the effects and emotions we discuss are most prominent and intense in pure, saturated color.
Where better to start than red?!? To some extent, the distinctive attributes of red will be present in color variations - cranberry, cinnamon, flamingo pink, cardinal, etc.
RED projects stimulation, force, and intensity. Often considered the strongest color, red provides concentrated psychological impact. Red is like a sexy negligee for your walls, saturated red lips - dramatic and dangerous. Save red for use in active areas that can handle tension, it can be unsettling and unsuccessful in spaces suited for relaxation.
Want to expand on color a little more? Soak in the knowledge of these basic color applications. Come back next week for a flirtation with sunshine - yellow.

{Photographs by Gaelle Le Boulicaut.}

{This series is also running on EcoSalon!}

10 comments:

Style Attic said...

This post couldn't speak to me any louder. I am such a girl for color. All six million of them and I've always been able to detect the slightest change in hue. I love how personal color is to people and how it speaks to each. Your part about unique characteristics can also be applied to individual thoughts and emotions. I love the images you've chosen for red, it didn't take much to make a statement! I've always said that red, is a situation all on it's own :) Great way to get fired up for the weekend!

Harmoni og Kontrast said...

Well written as always, Leigha! And so many colorful, vivant pictures you have chosen! I will be following you as always:-) Happy weekend to you! (Did you have a nice trip?) Hugs from Laila

Ann said...

Well written, Leigha!

I will follow your series as I am also a color junkie. Gray has its place, but I am also a color person!

-Ann

Color Collective said...

beautifully written! love this post and can't wait for more to come! have a great weekend!

GB said...

Hello! you're back! :) LOVE that wooden bead necklace....drool. I love color in any form, looking fwd to the rest of the series. :)

Dovecote Decor said...

My cousin used a "hell" red in her family room. I must say, its overwhelming me!

Kelle Dame said...

Thank you for such an informative and beautiful post. It is always interesting to me to learn more about color theory. Keep it coming :)

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Wow..this is fabulous!!

Splendid Willow said...

Leigha, what a great color initiative. You might get a call from Pantone, they are always looking for creative stylists!

Red and I don't always see eye to eye. But I had a red accent wall once when I lived in SF and I loved it there against light gray walls. I don't have many red things in my home, though. I must not be very brave (:

ox, Mon

lady lyles said...

Nicely curated blog you have here, ma'am.

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