Some of us embrace bold brilliant color with open arms. While others are gently coaxed from a monochromatic closet, one courageous hue at a time. Over the years, color theorists have come up with some interesting ideas about who looks good in what. We decided to explore some of those theories further, just for fun.
Seasonal Color Analysis
Let’s turn back the clock to 1980. Did you ever get asked, “What’s your season?” and answered with something like, “I’m a summer, fall, winter or spring.” While Color theorist Suzanne Caygill made her color analysis theory famous in the book, Color me Beautiful, a Swiss painter had the bright idea decades before. He observed that certain colors look good with particular skin or hair colors on portraits. The four seasons concept was born, which placed individual coloring into four main categories.
Flow Color Analysis
So what if you don’t fit neatly into one season? That’s the thinking behind this theory, which categorizes your personal style into one of 12 flow categories. You still have one primary season, with carry over elements from the other seasons. For example, let’s say you have dark hair, dark eyes and olive skin. You’re a solid winter with a flow towards autumn, expanding your range of what colors look best. Hair, skin and eye color all factor into the flow color analysis.
Some color therapists believe color has powerful energy and healing properties. We have to agree. How great do you feel in a pretty pop of red? Red is warm, vital and healing — a perfect choice when you need a pick me up to the day. Orange on the other hand frees us to enjoy life and go for it. Violet is said to inspire creativity and inspiration. Green is the color of nature and earth, and promotes peace and harmony.
What colors do you reach for when you need some fresh inspiration?