Color My Wall, Color My Wardrobe

by SherylBrown on June 4, 2013

Color My Wall and Wardrobe - The Impact of Color in My World

Color My Wall, Color My Wardrobe..!

How does color impact your life, or conversely, how does the lack of color impact your world?

So many of us are wearing basic black for one reason or another – to minimize curves, to achieve a classy, classic, or dressy look, to simplify wardrobe decisions or all of the above.

Wearing black is popular, not only to high stylers, but also serves as a default to us bodacious ladies seeking to achieve a trimmer effect.

How about your walls? Is there a difference in how you use color to jazz up your living space than how you decorate your bod? For many, the answer to that is yes, there is a distinct difference.

No matter what the answer to your questions above, if you *do* love color and want more of it on your walls and in your wardrobe, we have the answer to both..!

For every piece of wearable art we have designed here, there is a painting behind it. So far, the following paintings have found their own self expression in a silk scarf..

“Champagne Dreams”
“Firecracker Love”
“Midnight Ocean”
“Ocean Swell”
“Patchwork Sky”
“Summer Daze”

Let us know your fav image from Sheryl Brown Art that you would like to see in a scarf, and we’ll make it happen..!

Just check the Galleries to see all the various images, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook too 😉

www.facebook.com/SherylBrownArt

So with all of the above in consideration, it begs the question, do you have enough color in your life?

How does it feel to you to be missing more color in what you wear? Do you feel a lack of oomph? Do you feel too sober, dull or blah?

Add your comments below, and let’s talk..!

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Kittie Walker June 6, 2013 at 2:52 am

I’m one of those people that loves to wear black. I’ve been wearing it from top to toe since my early teens in the 1980’s.

My kids have constantly complained about it… I try and bring a little colour in now by wearing brightly coloured v-necks, tees and tanks. I’m not sure that it alters my mood too much as my home has plenty of colour to it – as does the garden.

About to take a stroll through your galleries with my mid-morning coffee.

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SherylBrown June 6, 2013 at 9:40 am

Ah, thanks for your take on it, Kittie.. And do enjoy the galleries 😉 Hope your coffe was just right too..!

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Veronica Solorzano Athanasiou June 6, 2013 at 2:53 am

Love this idea of the colours in our lives. I am SouthAmerican so there ARE colours in my life, in my clothes – maybe not so much on my walls. I might be the reverse case to the majority, as I NEED to wear red every now and then just to boost my energy. I heard a program on Scottish TV once in which they recommended wearing a red garmet – even under your clothes – to make sure that you’ll have that extra boost needed to succeed. Really enjoyed the article and seeing your art. Lovely job!

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SherylBrown June 6, 2013 at 9:44 am

Gotta love the SouthAmerican culture and many others for their exuberant love of color, Veronica..! I had the same experience when I lived in the Philippines.. Color everywhere, no matter what the economy might be.

I can definitely relate to wearing some color even where it is not seen, lol! And red nail polish can work as well too..

Thank you for your lovely comments 😉

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Kathleen June 6, 2013 at 3:02 am

Remember The Emperor’s New Clothes??? I have always been the little boy that saw told the emperor he was naked! My mother would let me tag along when she would buy clothes and say “See how this black sweater makes me look slimmer?”… I would say… “You look much prettier in the yellow one.” And she would sigh and roll her eyes. I am not afraid of color on my body or on my wall! When I was thin black was sort of an exclamation point in my wardrobe not the overall color scheme….now that I am more lusciously appointed it is no different, I don’t feel slimmer in black than I do in magenta and I don’t deny myself the joy of wearing color!! As for my walls I always prefer a light neutral color that serves as a background for all the stuff I hang on the walls!!! It’s like living in a kaleidoscope!! (a personal fantasy!!)

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SherylBrown June 6, 2013 at 9:47 am

LOL, Kathleen..! I *loved* that story 😉 And good for you for going for big color to accent your lushness 😉

Here’s to living in a kaleidoscope..!

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Susan C. Forsythe June 6, 2013 at 5:35 am

I love color and have plenty of it in my life. Do live without it would be oh so bland and lifeless.

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SherylBrown June 6, 2013 at 9:48 am

Your expression of art and color in your works is delightful, Susan 😉 So true that life would come across as bland without color.. Hard even to imagine it..!

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Carolina June 6, 2013 at 5:56 am

Thanks for sharing with us this wonderful piece!
I love that you use such strong colors, and I like to wear colors.
Great to learn the story behind your art work!

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SherylBrown June 6, 2013 at 9:51 am

Thank you so much for that, Carolina..!

Not everyone likes their colors as strong, but many do. Even if they wouldn’t wear it or put it on their walls, folks still like to look at it.

Ah, the story behind my art.. There’s even more of that lol!

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Molly Jo at Frankly, My Dear... June 6, 2013 at 6:34 am

I LOVE color! I do dress up for work, but I almost always have at least a dash of color in my outfit. And my house? I went a little paint-crazy when I bought it three years ago. It’s the color scheme of an Italian cafe: orange and red and brown and gold and yellow and forest green and light green and teal and sand… you get the picture. Yes, I’m a firm believer that color is essential in all aspects of life.

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SherylBrown June 6, 2013 at 9:54 am

Ooh Molly Jo.. I would *love* to sit in your home and soak it all in..!

So one might need two main branches of their home.. One with the neutral walls to set off the myriads of paintings on the wall (my dream is to live in an art gallery lol!). And another to be completely decorator-ed out like yours..!

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SherylBrown June 6, 2013 at 10:28 am

PS Molly Jo, I’ll have to ask you how you did your mojo media page.. Brilliant..!

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Gagan June 6, 2013 at 9:30 am

Hi Sherlyn,
Your creations can make people fall in love with colors and it goes beyond beauty and look, it is about personality. Colors can speak to you. Great work!

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SherylBrown June 6, 2013 at 9:56 am

Gagan, what a choice reply, I love it..! Our personalities and our experiences do come out in the art work we create.

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Elise Cohen Ho June 6, 2013 at 10:15 am

I love color. Red is the color of good luck for Chinese and being that my hubby and kids are Chinese I do have a particular affinity. At my wedding (20 years ago) it was so obvious who were the guests of my husband to be as you looked out on a sea of red to one side of the aisle and then a mixture of colors on the other side. It is a fond memory.

My wardrobe and my home are both filled with earth tones mixed with splashes of color. I find myself drawn to your artwork that is the same.

I do love to change things up and the big joke in my neighborhood is that my house has lost square footage due to all my paint changes 🙂

Naturally yours,
Elise Cohen Ho

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SherylBrown June 6, 2013 at 10:22 am

Happy 20th anniversary year, Elise 😉

Love, love, love reading your wedding story of red..

I would love to see photos of your interior paint works! Hopefully the square footage loss has not dampened your enthusiasm, hehehh..

You are giving me some clues and inspirations for next paintings..!

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SherylBrown June 6, 2013 at 10:25 am

Oh, and me trying to paint earthtones or neutrals has been a bit of a neighborhood joke in my own head.. Somehow those splashes of color get quite splashy..!

“Desert Snow” is probably my most neutral to date..

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Elise Cohen Ho June 6, 2013 at 11:17 am

Thank you. July 18 is our anniversary date 🙂

I am glad that you enjoyed the story 🙂 It is a great memory.

The square footage loss has not dampened my enthusiasm 🙂 I will take some pics for you. The funniest thing is that my kitchen walls are copper and my hubby was always complaining that he did not like it. Eventually he mentioned something about the green color and we realized he is color blind. he chose so many of the colors in my house too…

I love giving inspiration.

Keep SPLASHING,
Elise

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SherylBrown June 6, 2013 at 11:45 am

Funny thing about color blindness.. The person with it doesn’t necessarily feel the loss we might expect. And definitely have opinions and preferences..!

Looking forward to your photos, Elise 😉

Kersplash..!

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Mischa June 6, 2013 at 10:30 am

Honestly, I love color! Actually.. If i had my way.. everything I own would be purple (or some shade of purple).. But I live in a world were many many people don’t like purple..

The weird thing is I mostly wear purple for special occasions.. but I will try to do accessories in that color. I have been gently asked by my daughter and friends to other colors.. and I try, but my eye is always drawn to purple.

Side note: I have notice that i will buy a product if the packaging has purple regardless of the usefulness or need or said product.. just the fact that it is purple will get me (I am working on this sickness…)..

Purple Passion.. could be a new painting/scarf..

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SherylBrown June 6, 2013 at 11:04 am

Mischa, I have met many other purple lovers such as yourself 😉 You’re in good company..

Now on packaging, I can relate.. Only it’s with more than one color.. (shh, don’t tell..) Somebody stop me..! We could start up a support group.. hmmm

Purple Passion for a new painting/scarf.. I’ll get right on it..!

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Mischa June 6, 2013 at 11:21 am

A dream of mine is to have Purple Department store! You think the idea would take off?

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SherylBrown June 6, 2013 at 11:42 am

Yes, I do, Mischa..! And I would visit it for sure..! Did you see the image that Keri posted (I think it was Keri) of a room all in purple..?

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Debbie Laskey June 6, 2013 at 10:38 am

What a great post! As a brand marketer, I tend to think about colors for logos and brand messaging, so it’s nice to take a step back and think about how colors make us feel as people with clothing and art. That said, “sea foam mist” sure sounds better than light green, right?

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SherylBrown June 6, 2013 at 11:46 am

Hey Debbie, I just noticed my blog ate my reply to you..! Maybe because I clicked on two things close together..

I think your brilliance in using color in branding is awesome, and glad this post gave you something fresh 😉

Oh yeah, I’m all over that Sea Foam Mist..!

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Debbie Laskey June 6, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Thanks, Sheryl, saw both responses. Here’s a blog post I wrote a couple of years ago. While it’s been awhile, the color details about brands are still relevant. Here’s the link. http://debbielaskey.blogspot.com/2011/09/colors-role-in-brand-marketing.html

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SherylBrown June 6, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Brilliant..! Thanks for sharing this link, Debbie 😉

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Susan Schanerman June 6, 2013 at 11:03 am

Sheryl –
Couldn’t have said it better myself (HaHa) For me Life Is Color! I even named my first children’s book God is Color.

Funny thing is, I do wear black pants and tank top but always have a wildly colorful something to go over it.

I love everything you do!! Thank you!!

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SherylBrown June 6, 2013 at 11:41 am

Believe me, Susan, my love, you have been an inspiration to me since the beginning of my fb days..!

I do the black pants thing too, almost invariably, and in winter the black 3/4 sleeve sweater.. Then I can wear any scarf and it works..

Love your wild energy..!

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SherylBrown June 6, 2013 at 11:06 am

Oh yah, I’m all over Sea Foam Mist.. lol! And in fact, I get quite a kick over naming colors 😉

Thanks for joining this conversation, Debbie.. I can see your use of color in Brand Marketing as rather brilliant!

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SherylBrown June 6, 2013 at 11:48 am

Oh, here is the errant reply, Debbie.. Too funny, it got out of queue, and I think I know why.. Oh well, I never mind repeating myself heheh..

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Roslyn June 6, 2013 at 11:08 am

Loved this article & just today scheduled some Facebook posts about color tips. For years brown was my black. My former married name was Tanner & my hair is brown & I felt it all fit. When I shed that life (kept the hair) & felt freer, I noticed I added color to my world.
I mostly favor shades of purple (when not on the outside its hidden) & recently have fallen in love with the range of hues of turquoise, sea foam, aqua, etc & when paired together- oh my. Recently purchased water glasses in both purple & aqua & keep opening my cabinet to take a peak.
My home has walls of muted purple, eggplant, etc with lots of pottery & art in all colors. I’ve always said I need to treat my eyes to color.

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SherylBrown June 6, 2013 at 11:39 am

Wouldn’t that have been something if you also had received the nickname Brown..? oh, that’s *my* name..! You would’ve been known as Brown Tanner 😉 Glad you kept the hair..! (Actually Tanner Brown sounds like it would be a good character name/book/movie..)

Love Love purple and turquoise together, even though people think my fav color is blue.. I would be tempted to keep your new water glasses out in the open!

What a treat to read your comments, Roslyn..! Thanks for stopping by 😉

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Debbie w June 6, 2013 at 11:49 am

One of the reasons I chose the house I now live in is because it has a burnt orange wall in the living room, and then coordinating stripes of the burnt orange, tan and cream over the door where the ceiling vaults.

Your scarfs are beautiful!!!

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SherylBrown June 6, 2013 at 11:57 am

Thanks, Debbie..! I think I need to create a burnt orange scarf next..!

It would be awesome to have a home tour of everyone’s place, by the sound of it 😉 I love your word description!

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Debbie W June 6, 2013 at 12:13 pm

I would LOVE a burnt orange scarf. I love the rusts, golds and dark sage greens.

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SherylBrown June 6, 2013 at 12:25 pm

And the addition of sage green.. now *that* gets my juices going, Debbie..!

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Ruth June 6, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Colors and sunshine lift my spirits! True of me we choose neutral colors as they are easier to match. Black is my favorite color, or all-colors.. as white is absence of color. At least that was what I learned in High School. Upon googling I see there is a difference of opinion. Still my fav 😉

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SherylBrown June 6, 2013 at 4:26 pm

So true..! When we have those sunshine colors to look at, even on a card or out the window, it lifts our spirits, even if we don’t wear those colors. As I recall, black is all colors with pigment, and white is all colors with light. Works for me 😉 Thanks for commenting, Mom 😉

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Joe Cheray June 6, 2013 at 2:34 pm

I love certain colors only, I lean more towards reds, blacks, white, blue and some brown. I don’t have a lot of orange, purple, yellow, or green in my wardrobe, or pink.

Red is a power color, blue means strength, brown tones I hear coincide with earthiness. White is my favorite go to color for tops in the summer especially with the summer heat here in Kansas the way it is. I like black because it slims the *girls* down a little and I stay away from anything that has horizontal stripes.

As far as my house is concerned I am dying to give my house a French country look. Lot’s of blue’s, whites and subtle yellows.

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SherylBrown June 6, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Ah, Joe, you know what you like.. in detail. I *love* it! It sounds like you have your system down pat 😉

When you redo your house, be sure to let us know where to see the pics!

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Joe Cheray June 6, 2013 at 5:44 pm

I will most certainly do that Sheryl. I am dying to redecorate this house. I will post my progress in my Facebook albums when I get there. 🙂

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SherylBrown June 6, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Great..! Looking forward to it, Joe 😉

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Frithjof June 6, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Recently my 12 y/o step son said “You can tell that you are a European immigrant from the way you dress”
Cute but true 🙂 I guess for me wearing black and white is just safe – it never clashes.
I think I’ll wear my one pink shirt more often this summer

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SherylBrown June 6, 2013 at 4:23 pm

I *love* the wisdom of 12 year olds, Frith..! Can’t wait to see you wearing your pink shirt 😉 Be sure to ‘photo’ it for us when you do!

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Keri June 6, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Sheryl,

I’ve never really liked black for clothes until a few years ago. Navy was my “black” as a basic. Though I tend to go in stages and explore and then move on to something else, as far as clothes go. When I’m feeling happy fit, I wear a lot of red. When I’m in business mode, purple.

Purple is my favorite color. Greens, my second fave.

As for my house and decor… I don’t really have a white wall in my home. I love color. I was the kid with the big box of Crayolas growing up! My living room walls are a hue pumpkin.

Great to see so many comments! Really nice job kicking off our “Sensational Summer Blog Boost!!” 🙂

~Keri

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SherylBrown June 7, 2013 at 12:34 am

Lovely to read your color experience, Keri..! When you’re happy and fit you wear red, love it 😉 And could we ever get enough purple or green?

Thanks for all your fabulous promotion of this very creative idea you had for all of us to get our blogs boosting. It was my privilege getting to be the one to kick it off!

Looking forward the next in the series..

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Sarah Garrison June 6, 2013 at 6:55 pm

I LOVE wearing color. I have actually been told to turn it down a bit. I like things with patterns, bright colors and well anything that stands out.

Black is nice, and I do have a black suit, even when I wear black and white I have to add some color in the form of jewelry!

Lately I have been wearing lots of pinks. Usually I am a purple gal, but for some reason pink is calling my name.

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SherylBrown June 6, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Please don’t turn it down on my account lol..! I like your style, Sarah 😉

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Scott Spicer June 9, 2013 at 5:29 am

Sheryl,

A few things that come to mind for me from the “male perspective.” One is that times have changed with the onset of “metro sexual” where many men dare to wear those colors that were considered “feminine,” so I think the color lines have blurred between men and women a little more in recent years.

However, I would say that stereotypically, men tend to be less color conscious, or when they think color they may focus less on mood and more on influence. For example a business man may wear a power suit and gravitate towards particular basic colors and patterns, while looking at which pieces will make the right statement about what they are wearing.

Another thing to consider is how this relates to the laws of attraction. Commonly and in the case of animals, females tend to be more colorful, so they can attract a mate. So, I wonder if we pick and choose colors based on who we want to attract in our lives, or in general how open we feel to the world around us? That’s my two cents.

For myself, I try to mix it up as much as possible. Not wear the same or similar colors or patterns from one day to the next. My Mom and older Sister taught me how to dress well, so I often hear their words of advice in my subconscious when I’m deciding what to wear for the day. Ultimately, I think it’s about taking the time to recognize and remind yourself about how colors influence us, to then keep this in mind when we put them on our selves and drape them across our surroundings.

Sincerely,

Scott Spicer

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SherylBrown June 9, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Great thoughts, Scott.. And very conscious too, I might add 😉 I think influence is one aspect of consciousness, as well as mood being another. I really appreciate the time you took to put this deeper level of thinking into words..! I’ll be checking in with hubby too, on his thoughts on what you’ve said.. Great to have more male voice here!

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Deborah E June 21, 2013 at 4:18 pm

I love color! Color inspires me. It allows me to create. I love to see it, wear it, touch it 😉 That must be why I love your paintings so much, Sheryl!

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SherylBrown June 22, 2013 at 1:43 am

Ah, we are birds of a feather, I can see, Deborah..!
Thanks for stopping by and weighing in 😉

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SherylBrown July 29, 2013 at 11:53 am

Great re-reading this comment thread just now.. Definitely a highlight in my blogging career lol..!

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