Strangers on a train
Overheard on the commuter train
Two 60-something businessmen talking about their latest passion: Baking!
The agreed-upon favorites? Dense rye, sourdough. Taking professional baking courses.
And their other really big, Hot topic: Comparing kitchen appliances!
Was I surprised? A little. It made me smile, about how we can’t begin to guess what people are interested in–unless we see, hear, or ask.
It’s similar with choosing colors…we see what people wear, but that’s not always a direct reflection of what they like in their environments. Even though some “conventional wisdom’ about choosing color is to look in your closet and replicate it, that’s not necessarily the best way to create a color environment.
The most conservative-appearing individuals are often the bravest when it comes to wanting to be surrounded by color. It always comes down to lifestyle and how we can use color to help create, define, and enjoy.
Multisensory color use, as with…the experience of enjoying bread.
Smell, color, flavor, texture, and the act of creation and inspiration. If we can provide some of these qualities in our homes and workplaces, through color and design, that’s a great thing. Imagine how that might work. Just a few might be:
The color of Aromas: Lemon yellow; fresh lime; burgundy wine…
The color of Flavors: Sugary orange lifesavers; briny ocean blue, bubblegum…
Color and Texture: Smooth icy blue; creamy maple; dense bronze…
Now it’s your turn: how do you see and hear the color of Sound:
what’s the color of a blaring trumpet; soft classical guitar; bass drum?
Comments are welcome!
Synesthesia is probably one of the least commonly-known conditions that many people experience. “Synesthetes,” who are very sensitive to these qualities, are extremely affected, often to a point of extreme discomfort that we ordinary mortals will never know in this way.
Even so, we’re all affected to some degree by the same attributes of color in our environments. Usually we just don’t notice it enough to acknowledge the experience. That’s why our color selections really do make a big difference in all aspects of our lives—and why I’m such an advocate of what I call ‘supportive color design.”
Where do we realize satisfaction from our environments in a way that’s similar to a creative process? Most obviously, it happens every time we walk into our homes and get that “aha!” feeling. Less dramatically, it’s just about being in a place that’s comfortable.
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