What Did Color Do To You?


“Other than music and body language, color is the only form of expression that does not require words.”  Leatrice Eiseman




One of my big takeaways from Lee Eiseman’s color class was the fact that we all have deeply embedded color memories. In most cases we are not even aware of these memories, but trust me, we all have them.

Think about your favorite color…do you know why you love it?  Perhaps you had a favorite stuffed animal that was that color or maybe a favorite Aunt, who always brought you a present, used to wear that color often.

Now, think about your least favorite color…do you know why you dislike it? Perhaps you injured yourself when you  fell off  the monkey bars painted that color or maybe a bully teased you who always wore a jacket that color. The point is, our color memories have a huge impact on us and determine our relationship with color.

This point was so well illustrated when we were discussing the color yellow. Yellow is perceived as the happiest color; it represents warmth and sunshine.



Imagine my surprise then, while walking back to our rooms, my friend told me she felt like crying while Lee was showing images of  yellow. She couldn’t figure it out until she had an “ah ha” moment. She realized that the anniversary of her Mom’s death was coming up and her Mom’s favorite color was yellow. Her kitchen was yellow, her house was painted yellow and she often wore yellow. Yellow had taken on a sad memory for my friend because she missed her Mom and the color yellow reminded her she was no longer with her. Once she made the connection she felt better about the color yellow and her sad feelings subsided.


So…take a minute to give some thought to your most liked and most disliked colors…  Can you remember…what did color do to you??


By the way….pinky beige is my least favorite color…maybe this is why.




EWW !!




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9 Responses to What Did Color Do To You?
  1. kristie@thedecorologist Reply

    that last bit was hilarious and unexpected!!! that’s why we hate pinky beige!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      yes, I think I unlocked the secret to pinky beige dislike.

  2. Sheila @SZInteriors Reply

    Great post, Linda… but eeewwww on the pinky beige, and now I know why! I knew there had to be a reason for the dislike! 😉

    • Linda Holt Reply

      thanks Sheila!

  3. Sherry Reply

    Great post, Linda! Now I know at least part of the reason I don’t like burgundy, and the whole reason I don’t like pinky beige. You just made my day!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Sherry, a good part of the class also didn’t like the color burgundy so you are not alone.

  4. Coley Reply

    Interesting post! I have to dig deep and think of why I have colors I like/dislike.

    That last photo is funny, I hate pinky beige as well, but I love those cute little earth worms 🙂

  5. michelle stroescu Reply

    oh that’s such a nice surprise to read this. and ewe! pinkish worms yuckie.
    miss talking to you,

  6. Kelly Reply

    The pinky beige worms are so gross- but I love your picture for happy yellow!

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