“If you have a signature colour you have some panache” – Liz Gilbert, The Happiness Project
What is your favourite colour?
Whatever it is, make it your signature colour for 2017.
Having a signature colour has the potential to revolutionise the way you make decisions. Thanks to Gretchen Rubin and her inspiring podcast The Happiness Project, I now have a very happy colour to beeline for day to day and already I am seeing some exciting benefits to experience throughout 2017.
You can even take your colour to http://www.pantone.com and get specific with your shade! Mine, for example, is transformed from mustard yellow to mimosa… I know, how apt that Pantone have named my colour after an alcoholic beverage acceptably consumed with breakfast!
Here are some of the benefits that you can ponder over:
Firstly, your signature colour can rescue you from life’s decision fatigue and decision paralysis caused by an overwhelming and time consuming amount of choice.
We are in a world fuelled by consumerism where the phrase less is more is hard to achieve. What we have on offer on the shelves masks your brain in the fog of choice, and the amount of energy your brain uses to wade through that fog makes even the most trivial of decisions difficult leading to decision fatigue.
As mentioned in The Huffington Post:
Decision fatigue can lead to analysis paralysis and overwhelm our daily lives. On the one hand, choices give us freedom and allow us to see the possibilities, especially for the important things in life. The downside is we are constantly bombarded with tiny decisions throughout the day, like what to eat, what to wear[…]. This could be particularly overwhelming and prevent us from being present enough to do our best work and live our best lives.
Barry Schwartz tells us, in his TEDGlobal talk The Paradox of Choice, that “all of this choice has two negative effects on people – one effect, paradoxically, is that it produces paralysis rather than liberation. With so many options to choose from people find it very difficult to choose at all.” The second negative effect is that “choice decreases satisfaction”.
Who doesn’t want to feel satisfied, devoid of decision fatigue and analysis paralysis when confronted with choice?
By using your colour you can begin to beeline for everything using the talents of your tunnel vision. This works from the outfit that you can’t find in the abyss of your wardrobe to picking flowers and your dinner. You can beeline for your colour!
This snappy decision making technique could make for a happier, more satisfying, fatigue-free choosing experience relieving you of unnecessary (arguably first-world) stresses.
Secondly, this colour may become a part of your unique identity.
Look at these two inspirational beings below who you may recognise because of their use of colour, which has, intentionally or not, created their unique brand / identity:
Grace Coddington has her gorgeous orange hair that sets her apart from everyone, and Iris Apfel wears an array of colours and has her glasses, too, which makes them both particularly unique. You could spot them coming a mile away.
You can do this with accessories yourself and with the colours of your outfits, nails, or hair etc. However, if you wanted to avoid venturing into the shops and being a cog in the consumerist culture to utilise your colour then you could also do things as simple and free as having your own Pinterest board and having pictures up in your house.
You can view the board here. It’s fun to make and when you’re done you could share yours with me!
I love to see sunflowers and have images of the yellow walls of Hanoi from my trip to Vietnam on the wall. It’s surprisingly uplifting for something as simple as putting your favourite colour in your eye line.
You can have so much fun with your chosen colour!
Finally, if your signature colour is green – get excited – Pantone have released it as their colour for 2017:
Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute – “Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the hope we collectively yearn for amid a complex social and political landscape. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate, revitalize and unite, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”
If you take any photos of your signature colour tag me in it on Instagram as I would love to see what your colour is: @Khloeblades
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