The Effective Author: The Power of Colors in Your Workspace
© 2017 Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM. World Rights Reserved.
You, as an author, may not think much about the look of your workspace – least of all the colors in your workspace. After all, who is ever going to see it? People see the products you produce, and those will show up online and in stores. No one but you will ever see your workspace, so who cares? Actually, you do! The right colors in your office can create a number of effects to help you. And there are several cultural lenses for looking at the Power of Colors.
The first major color system came into US culture around 1980. Remember the color analysis for your wardrobe and makeup? This seasonal system was very popular. It organized colors into warm and cool, light and dark. The “seasons” were Spring (warm and light), Summer (cool and light), Fall (warm and dark/rich), and Winter (cool and dark/rich). Holding cards or fabric panels in front of your un-made-up face, a color analyst would have you look at the effects of different colors next to your skin. Some colors made you look awake and happy, while others made you look sallow, green, or ashen. It was a quick exercise that revealed so much. Many went on to winnow their wardrobes and makeup to only the most flattering colors. Some also noticed that adding those colors to their home décor was also flattering and pleasing.
Others didn’t exactly find a use for this season-exclusive system, noting that they always look best in a combination of warm and cool colors, or a balance of light and rich colors. These people will also look their best in an environment decorated with an artful blend of the warm and the cool, or the pastel and the dark. And they likely feel better around these colors. Could you be one of them?
A second major color system has washed over the US in the last 20 years, in the context of feng shui styling of homes and offices. This is the view of colors we need in different areas, or in our clothing, according to the elemental energies that best serve us. The five basic elements, and their colors, are:
Earth – Yellow
Metal (Air) – White or Black
Fire – Red
Water – Blue
Wood – Green
When enhancing the energy of a room or space using feng shui, you should add the colors of the elements you want to represent in your space. Red and black are the two most yang (masculine energy, exhibited through light, heat, or dryness) colors in feng shui, so where you want to amplify or strongly increase that energy, use red or black. Want a calming environment? Try pale blues and greens. Want a stimulating environment? Use bold yellow, red, and blue – think of Frank Lloyd Wright. Want a light, airy feel? Use white or silver.
If your entire workspace is half the couch, a laptop, a mug, and a lamp, try using a couch throw in the color you want to experiment with. Soften your mood with baby blue or pink, and rev up your pre-deadline self with a bright red throw. Colors can help you ratchet down or raise your energy to the vibration you need to support your current writing project. Use your power of colors in your workspace and notice how much more you get done and how good you feel. And that’s you: The Effective Authorsm!
Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert. She also has a natural healing practice and is an ordained minister. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You, plus Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, available through her office. Just email SacredMeditation@kebba.com. Kebba’s newest book is the full-color Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire, also available through her office. For an appointment or to ask Kebba to speak for your group: firstname.lastname@example.org.