Thursday, September 23, 2010

You Can Paint with all the Colors of the Rainbow

But what's your color personality?

I saw a quiz on Real Simple's website about Color Personalities and thought it would be fun to try. Lets see if soft blue/green really is my favorite. I typically think these types of things are kind of hokey, I mean really, you can predict my personality/favorites in ten questions or less?

Well, they got pretty close, I mean I do like yellow and have incorporated it in bits and pieces in the house. Not to mention that yellow is an undertone (I think) to brown and browns & neutrals are everywhere...

In closing, I'd say its a fun 3 minute waste of your time but here is my result :)

You Are an Air Personality

Grant Cornett
Warmhearted, lively, and cheerful air personalities have a positive approach to life, says Gillian Rose, a New York City–based interior-color specialist ( Air people are most attracted to yellow, "a very warm color," says Debbie Zimmer, the director of communications of Coating Materials for Dow. "Yellow, translated into human personality, conveys attention and warmth." Carol Tuttle, author of Dressing Your Truth: Discover Your Personal Beauty Profile ($20,, says that this personality type is "animated," outgoing and gregarious. People with air natures, she says, "like a lot of sparkle, a lot of movement. They like to catch your eye." However, air personalities can be impulsive, and they can be perceived as a bit flighty, unserious—literally "airheaded."

According to Rose, the study of color and personality is age-old, based on the theories of the ancient Greek physician Galen, who designated four personalities he linked to bodily fluids: choleric (yellow bile), phlegmatic (phlegm), melancholic (black bile), and sanguine (blood). Early physicians and philosophers came to assign colors and characteristics of the natural world to these four temperaments; they linked sanguines to air and yellow. (Note that the category that you fall into according to the quiz might not reflect you 100 percent: Many people are a combination of categories.)

  • In the home, yellow can stir up positive memories, says Toby Israel, Ph.D., the author of Some Place Like Home: Using Design Psychology to Create Ideal Places ($60, “Perhaps your grandmother had a yellow kitchen—if you paint one of your rooms in this color, it can bring back memories of being loved and cared for,” she says.

  • Rooms with “sunny yellow undertones suggest an environment of warmth or excitement,” says Sandy Dumont, a stylist and the author of the Image Architect blog. Bright colors can give you an energy boost.