Eight panel colors by Lüscher

Color, color, and color. Color for you, for me, for interiors, for architecture, for schools, for hospitals. There are whole books about color meaning and personalities. The book, “The Lüscher Color Test” printed 1969 is full of all kinds of goodies, about you, about me, about color, about culture. I bought it years, and years, and years ago when I went to design school, New York School of Interior Design.

I have never taken the test. A scientist is necessary to figure out the formulas. So later when Tom, (my scientist hubby) is done doing his magic with science for the day, we will work on the formula, and we’ll both take the test. Then when we have figured it out, I will share. We are working on the formulas. Tom says it’s impossible. On second thought, Tom suggested a psychologist.

But here are the basics. Lüscher uses eight universal colors:

First column and down #5 Violet, #0 Neutral grey, #4Yellow, #6 Brown.

Second column and down #1 Dark-blue, #3 Orange-red, #7 Black, #2 Blue-green.

For a five minute test, here’s the link: www.colorquiz.com.

The colors have meaning.  While the general description of the structure of

Maasai culture Kenya, Africa

all eight colors is given later in the book, the four basic colors (blue, green, red and yellow) are of special importance, and have particular significances to us, as follows:

No. 1 Dark-blue  :      represents     “Depth of Feeling”

No. 2 Blue-Green  :    represents     “Elasticity of Will”

No. 3 Orange-red  :  represents     “Force of Will”

No. 4 Bright yellow  : represents     “Spontaneity”

The Meaning of the eight colors:

Lüscher chose these eight colors because of its particular psychological and physiological meaning- its “structure.” This philosophy is for all humanity, the world-over, and is applicable to both sexes, and, believe it or not, to the color-blind, who do not necessarily see the colors in the same way as those not color-blind.

Grey (0) If you choose grey in the first position, you want to be uninvolved.

Blue (1) The dark-blue represents complete calm.

Green (2) The green of the test contains a certain amount of blue. It represents firmness of constancy and resistance to change.

Red (3) this red and the red in the chart above has some yellow giving it an orange hue. It represents an energy-expending physiological condition. It speeds up the pulse, raises blood pressure and increases the respiration rate. It has the meaning of desire and all forms of appetite and craving.

Yellow (4) Its effect is bright and cheerful. It expresses a loosening or relaxation.

Violet (5) This color, a combo of blue and red, is related to fantasy, a magical state in which wishes are fulfilled. It seems to be cultural as well, with Iranians, Africans and Brazilians preferring this color.

Brown (6) This darkened yellow-red-brown indicates the importance placed on roots, hearth, and home.

Little Black Dress

Black (7) The most interesting of all, represents renunciation as a favorite color, but as least favorite, it represents being in control.

The best color story I have is one of a color-blind student at my interior design school. She was taking the “color class.” I asked her how she would be able to discern color when doing interior design? I suggested perhaps she should not take the program. She replied, “If I prove to you that I can work with color in this profession, will you allow me to continue?” Well, she not only proved that she understood color, and knew how to put them together, she was an A student. You see, she saw color, but differently than her fellow classmates. Yet, it all worked together for her to create great color schemes.

Little Black Dress, Nordstrom

Are you thinking about where you fit? What color do you favor? Look around at your “stuff.” What color is your favorite tie, your favorite scarf?

And, how about that little black dress? Do you have one?

According to EzineArticles.com, the following are some tips on how to create a man’s version of the versatile, cosmopolitan woman’s little black dress. Choose a good sweater. Get a great, but simple underneath shirt. Because layering is one of the most popular fashion options during the cold seasons, always begin with a classic white shirt underneath, nicely tailored and tucked in. It is important to have a good underneath shirt, so that when everything is peeled off inside a warm cottage house, you would still look neat and proper. It’s all about structure and tailoring. For example, Banana republic have some pretty good-looking striped Monogram shirt collection, with two-button cuffs at the end, and an appropriately sized collar. Their shirts cost about $155.

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