Yesterday, as I began the arduous process of painting our textured bedroom walls a lovely sea spray blue, I marveled on colors; how they evoke certain feelings and emotions. For instance, the color blue, as you know, gives a cool, relaxing feeling and ambiance. Our last bedroom was two shades of blue. We loved it so much, we picked two new shades of blue for our bedroom in the new house.
And for my office (yes, MY office! I get one of my very own in the new house! SQUEE!) I'm still deciding the color scheme. I'm considering some autumnal colors of yellows, burnt oranges, pumpernickel reds, etc. I want to create that warm, cozy sensation while I'm in MY office. ;)
My point, is that we use colors to represent feelings. Especially in clothes. We wear black to formal occasions because it's classy and muted. For spring outings, pastel colors feel light and airy. If we're feeling frisky and maybe want to stop some traffic, a slinky red dress.
So my question to you is, are you using colors in your stories? I thought long and hard on this. Have I? I'm certainly going to start if I haven't already subconsciously done so. What I mean is, maybe the jaded boyfriend wears a dark green shirt to evoke a sense of jealousy.Or the kitchen of the new haunted mansion your MC moved into has a soft yellow wallpaper to arouse a feeling of safety in that area. There are thousands of ways we can use color to accent and enhance our stories. And I don't mean stating the reason in the story, but in a subtle way, so the reader doesn't even think of it and subconsciously has a feeling of bliss or dread or hatred.
On a side note, I was thinking of starting a book swap. Not sure how it would work exactly yet, but the idea would be to list books you've read and would be willing to swap for another. Maybe post the name of a book somewhere on your blog that is up for swaps and when you see one you'd like, make a deal. What do you think?
Do you use color in your stories, or in everyday life? Please share...