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What colour is your mood?

I’m think I’m feeling blue. Although I’m not exactly sad, so maybe it’s not blue? Blue can be associated to peace and serenity, which sounds so lovely – but I’m not feeling at peace this evening. No, it’s not blue.

Maybe I’m feeling purple…When I was younger kids used to say that I couldn’t wear purple because I had red hair…and that wasn’t on. I was also told wearing purple meant I was sexually frustrated. No…that’s not how I’m feeling.

Red. Now red is my favourite colour, of which I generally associate with vibrance and power.  But all I can associate it to at the moment is an angry bull ‘seeing red‘. No, red was last weeks colour theme at work, Monday through to Wednesday…and not just for myself as it really seemed like it was the colour for most of the people last week.

‘Green as envy’. I think not. Nothing to be envious about at the moment. That’s good!

It’s definitely not yellow. There’s nothing sunny about this evening, or today even. Did the sun even come out from under the clouds? I wouldn’t know as I got to work early and the sun had set by the time I had left work this evening.

I’m now being drawn to a light grey. Dependent on what website you refer to, feeling ‘grey’ could mean that I am anxious, nervous or bored. It could also mean I’m dull. That suits me perfectly tonight.

Tomorrow I am looking forward to waking up brighter : ) I might even wear some blue – for some added encouragement in my quest for inner peace and serenity.


What colour is your mood today?

How do you use colour to brighten up your day?

Do you believe in the association between colour and mood – what some refer to as colour psychology?



  • http://bornstoryteller.wordpress.com bornstoryteller

    I’m feeling peckishly plaid today.

    • http://reflectionsfromaredhead.com Janine Ripper

      You never fail to make me smile

  • http://lifethrulucylasticaslense.blogspot.com/ Lucylastica2

    I think this week I have been every colour of the rainbow and then some! lol I really d think that colours can affect a person’s mood.

  • http://bluedollarbill.blogspot.com/ Thom Brown

    Although gray may be subdued, it is the color of the world – as in it’s not black or white. I never think of blue as sad, and I see purple as inspiration.

    You might enjoy this: http://bluedollarbill.blogspot.com/2010/08/american-in-periwinkle.html#.Tftl4s1bZmE

    In fact, I may repost it next week.

    • http://reflectionsfromaredhead.com Janine Ripper

      Repost!!! Great piece Thom. I like your thoughts on the colour grey.

  • http://www.mumuGB.blogspot.com Muriel

    When I am feeling a bit down, I put my red coat on, and I try to avoid my black clothes. I love seeing people looking at me in my bright read coat.
    Today, I am feeling a bit blue too. Probably because of the end of a long week…Take care!

  • http://www.wahm-solution.com Leanne Chesser

    What a great post! I love color and I do think it can affect mood, and describe our moods. There’s a book I like to read to my grandson called “Many Colored Days” by Dr. Seuss. I love it! I feel yellow today – - a deep, strong yellow.

    • http://reflectionsfromaredhead.com Janine Ripper

      I have not read that book?! Wow I will need to find that. How could I miss a Dr Seuss book?! Deep, strong yellow sounds wonderful – like the sun or a sunflower.

  • http://Www.myrivendell.wordpress.com Bonnie

    I know green is supposed to associate with envy but I alway associate it with feeling peaceful and serene. I guess I’m feeling green but my shade! Great article. Color association can really help focus on how we feel. Thanks for sharing your musings on what color you are!

  • http://www.joypagemanuel.com Joy

    If one’s kind of frustrated and angry (red), and then also sad and missing someone (bluish-gray), mixed in with some moments of happiness (yellow)….I guess I’ll end up being black! Interesting…..hmmm……

    • http://reflectionsfromaredhead.com Janine Ripper

      Very interesting indeed. I hope all is okay?

  • http://hajrak.blogspot.com Hajra

    I am such a firm believer of color psychology! Works anyday for me, though I would disagree on what many colors signify for many people. Colors I think are too personal, for example, our first house way gray, and since then I have always associated gray with homeliness and also power – love gray business suits! So, I think personal experiences with color also has an important role to play. For each their own color!

  • http://cilginkiz-hocam.blogspot.com/ Hocam

    Today I’m feeling orange and kind of fizzy. Spent the day laughing with my class of 6 year olds. This evening I won second and third place in the landscape photography section and third place in the portrait section of our annual camera club exhibition.

    • http://reflectionsfromaredhead.com Janine Ripper

      Congrats!!!! WOW what a day you had. Awesome stuff.

  • http://twitter.com/RobertaBud Roberta Budvietas

    Interesting how I dress to fit my colour mood when possible. Today I am wearing lots of shades of blue – oh right that’s because that is the colour of my casual wardrobe. Blue = peacefulness I am told. Nice blog

  • http://www.esdeer.com Maureen Hunter

    Great post Janine. I am a big believer in colour and mood, Even wearing different colours can impact our mood.
    I do associate red for power and movement, yellow for happiness, white for pure spirituality and black for depression.
    Love your grey photo……:)

  • http://skankrattleandroll.blogspot.com Lalia Voce

    Interesting post! I’m usually black. Sometimes red, white or grey. Very occasionally purple or blue. I don’t know what any of them mean really. But I’ve had a particularly lousy day and recall a song by The Smiths that went… “I wear black on the outside because black is how I feel on the inside.”

  • http://sweepyjean.wordpress.com Sweepy Jean

    I’m feeling a bit periwinkle, which is bluish grey, which is to say I’m feeling mellow and relaxed, a little tired from a long week. Plus, it’s fun to say!

    • http://reflectionsfromaredhead.com Janine Ripper

      Simply gorgeous!

  • http://gravatar.com/hollyjahangiri Holly Jahangiri

    That link is really fascinating! I do dress more according to my moods than to fashion. I’m drawn to purple and green (certain shades of green appeal, others repulse – I’m not too fond of bright, kelly green, but love a dusty sage or soothing forest green). When I was younger, I preferred “earth tones” – mostly shades of brown or gray or burnt orange. I don’t necessarily go along with the conventional symbolism; I think that’s akin to sense memory, in some ways, and more closely aligned to personal experience. But what that other page said about energy levels and moods is quite accurate in some ways. Yellow is cheerful, but it makes me feel a bit anxious and impatient, and I’m just never drawn to it in clothing choices at all (besides, with my coloring, the only shade I can wear is very pale).

  • http://josiespeaksup.blogspot.com/ josie

    AH today I can relate to the grey. I was full of anticipation and possibly pinky/orangey, but then I’ve been let down and so now feel grey. Hopefully this will improve, soon.
    Josie x

    • http://reflectionsfromaredhead.com Janine Ripper

      I hope things improve Josie all round! Fingers crossed for some better times ahead.

  • http://www.OutMaturity.com Michael

    I’ve been feeling “blue” too, and not in the good blue way!

    I’m working on it though, perhaps sunshine “yellow” tomorrow!


    • http://reflectionsfromaredhead.com Janine Ripper

      I hope things improved Michael and you attained sunniness : )

  • http://ivebecomemyparents.com Eric@I’ve Become My Parents

    Me? White. It’s the sum of all colors, which suits me quite well today. Let’s me be completely non-committal and entirely indecisive. Definitely white. Or, maybe black.

  • penniej2

    My color today is mottled, a grey background with red, blue and green spots on it. Read what you want into that.
    I love how you relate color and moods. I agree that grey is a much more appropriate color for when we are in low spirits than the more serene blue.
    Yellow was never my color and I find sunny frustrating. Perhaps because I used to be a sun worshiper in my youth and now, I can go out in the sun.
    I like to wear dark colors for practical rather than mood reasons, but since you mentioned it, I occasionally wear bright red or bright when I’m feeling good.

  • http://learnit2earnitwithlynn.com Lynn Brown

    I am feeling blue in the sad sense of the word and not necessarily the meaning of the color. That is because our son graduated high school last night. Today he is off working a full time job, 7 days a week to save for spending money for college. So my husband and I have been sharing memories today of our precsious son, our one and only. Now my husband is at work, I should be working, but instead I am feeling blue and think that is ok for today.

    Appreciate your post today Janine – I know tomorrow will bring a better light and inspiration. Its just sometimes you have to have some lows to keep you normal.

    • http://reflectionsfromaredhead.com Janine Ripper

      Ah I totally agree Lynn. We do all have to experience those lows in life. A good reminder (after the fact).
      Treasure those beautiful memories of your son. It must be hard as it’s like he has ‘left the nest’.

  • http://www.johnjeremyvines.com JohnJeremyVines

    A deep, cerebral, yet understated gray. That or clear :)

    • http://reflectionsfromaredhead.com Janine Ripper


  • http://charlienitric.wordpress.com charlie nitric

    Hey Janine -

    I hope you woke up on Saturday morning feeling like robin’s egg blue. :)

    • http://reflectionsfromaredhead.com Janine Ripper

      Hey Charlie. I didn’t : ( I was in a rotten mood, but things picked up Saturday night and I felt more white-ish.

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    Bravo, la tua brillante idea

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  • http://kjforce.wordpress.com kjforce

    What colour you ask ? I live in the colours of the rainbow…each situation throughout the day fades in and out from one colour or the other. The only thing that never changes is my ” aura” it is basic black and the rainbow gives just a touch of colour. It’s not the colour that matters, but, the shade of the colour and how it affects the effects…something to ponder…kjforce

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