Color - What It Can Do
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What an amazing process!
Light is reflected off different surfaces which then passes through the eye's cornea and pupil.
It then forms an image on the retina at the back of the eye which the brain then translates and registers as a colored object.
This in turn stimulates the optical nerve system.
Colors have varying wavelengths.
Reds, oranges, yellows have long wavelengths. Green is neutral. Blues through to violets have short wavelengths.
The long wavelengths stimulate and energize us. The short wavelengths calm and slow down.
Walk into a predominantly red room and you will experience an increase in pulse and heart rate.
Walk into a blue room and you begin to feel calm and at peace as your heart and pulse rate slow down.
Conclusion: Color does things to you - either negatively or positively depending on the circumstances.
In view of this, how important that we at least gain a rudimentary understanding of what colors do to us so we can employ them to work for us.
When it comes to image building, business, personal success, color can make a huge difference.
If you want to be taken seriously, you don't want a color scheme which evokes images of leisure and youth.
On the other hand, if you want to portray a relaxed, casual image, you don't want colors which produce a heavy corporate image.
The color scheme should COMPLEMENT not CONTRADICT your image.
So what is the first step in making color work for you?
First, decide on the image you want to project for yourself or your business.
Do you want it to be: Conservative? Trendy? Futuristic? Modern? Stable? Natural? Healthy? Inviting? Surprising? Startling?
Once your image is decided seek out the colors that will enhance or project that 'feel'.
Here is a brief overview of the main color characteristics.
You will notice they can include a wide range of emotions depending on the strength of the color and the particular hue it comes in.
Big business has been harnessing the power of color for decades.
Things have come a long way since Henry Ford's remark that customers could have his Model T automobile in any color they wished "as long as it was black"!
Colors are now strongly identified with products and companies with a resultant band of loyal customers and supporters.
Why not take a few moments to examine if you are using this powerful tool to the full in your appearance, home, office or belongings.