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By Margi Kyle
Executive Director for We Make Color Easy – The Dewey Color System





To work effectively with others, first, you need to know how you approach life. I am going to take you on a colorful journey that will better describe “hue” you are and how you live your life. Many things can be learned through the colors your eyes go to without thinking.


Colors can represent personalities

Have some fun with this—try the Primary Color Test yourself using the colors of yellow, blue, and red. Then test your family or friends. You might be surprised to learn that the daughter you seem to butt heads with shares your personality type. The son you get so frustrated with because he asks so many questions before he will do anything is a yellow. He simply needs to know the facts, because that is how he processes life.


Take the Primary Color test

For this color test, discard your personal color knowledge and preferences. Don’t allow them to steer you off track. Let your brain rest and allow your eyes to do the work. This is not about what you love to wear or decorate with. This is what your eyes go to without thinking to depict your personality. Look at the three colors below. Which color did you see first?



The primary colors Yellow, Blue, and Red. Which color did you see first?


Your results

The primary colors of yellow, blue, and red are your basic “Motivators” and indicate in the broadest sense, who you are.




If you prefer yellow first without thinking, you are realistic, diplomatic and giving. Your power is wisdom to know what is needed. You love facts! Your motivation is personal growth. Finding common ground is the game you play best. You calm troubled situations and bridge differences. Your awareness of others’ perspectives allows you to express contrary, unpopular feelings without offending anyone. By keeping people listening, you allow solutions and possibilities to unfold. You accept people for who they are.





If you prefer blue first without thinking, you are a planner, initiator and visionary. Your power is the ability to visualize the future. You are a dreamer and a visionary—wistful, imaginative and eccentric. You’re preoccupied with the future. Your dreams give you the mental discipline to concentrate and stay on track. You need to justify your life by making a positive impact on the world, even on those you don’t know. Thinking about the future energizes you.





If you prefer red first without thinking, you are practical, resourceful and direct. Your power is the use of experience to improve things. Your motivation is to better control your world. You know exactly what you want. Money, power and status give you a sense of security but ultimately you use them as a means of expression. You’re not one to hoard your wealth. On the contrary, you would give the shirt off your back for those you’re concerned about. You are ambitious, driven, confident and outgoing.






Relationships and color – the next article in this series


Secondary colors are all about relationships











Next Friday, look for the next article in this series on Secondary Colors. Green, purple, and orange describe your relationships.

Knowing “Hue” You Are will help your relate better with others.


Embrace “Hue” You Are series:

Secondary Colors

Achromatic Colors



For over 45 years, Margi Kyle, “The Color Doctor”, has built an astounding portfolio from the ever-important ‘Designer’s perspective’. Never idle, this Professional Interior Designer has contributed to this industry as an Interior Designer, Television Host, Mentor, Keynote Speaker, Educator, and Writer.  Margi has Taught Interior Design of over 45 years and is the executive director for We Make Color Easy, The Dewey Color System.