Our choice of color can tell us so much about our lives. If you’ve been following this series, you will know what your Primary, Secondary, and Achromatic color choices are and what they represent. Now, I’m going to tell you that your color choices can change throughout your life and what you can learn from them.


What does it mean when your Primary/Secondary and Achromatic colors change?


The Primary Colors


The Primary colors represent your Motivators. Let’s say your eye always goes to Yellow. You are a lawyer and just lost your job. You need to make house payments and feed your family. You find yourself working at McDonalds flipping burgers. You notice yourself being drawn to blue when normally you dislike it. You have gone from needing to know all the facts to dreaming about what else you could do for a living.


When your life goals change

Your primary colors change. They will change until you become more comfortable with yourself. Your least favorite primary color is the last to change. If it does change you are most likely in a highly reactive stage of your life. When you go back to yellow as your Primary Color. You are back to being normal and comfortable in your own skin.


The Secondary Colors


Color and your relationships

The secondary colors are all about relationships. A great example would be a woman in her late 40’s. Her husband left very abruptly for a much younger woman. All her life her eyes have been drawn to green. She finds herself painting the master bedroom Purple. Purple means to look at all the possibilities. That is what she needs to do at this moment. Look at all the ways she needs to support herself. Where to live, mend her broken heart and survive. Once her life is in a good place again, green will be back in her life.


Wearing or using colors you dislike, can help you

The one thing I have learned from the Dewey Color System—When you decorate, wear or use the colors you don’t like. It helps you focus on what you have a tendency to avoid. I love both green and purple.  My eye goes to purple. When I need to really focus, I might paint my walls in orange or rust. Because I understand what it means—to change it. I will be more focused.


My least favorite color is yellow. Again, when I am working with a client, I will write with a yellow pencil and wear yellow. I need to get all the facts before I start the design process for their house.


The Achromatic Colors


The Achromatic colors are the glue that holds you together.  When they change, you are questioning the very core of your existence. You are feeling indecisive and are on shaky ground. Color testing children is not a bad idea. If they keep changing their selection. They may need some help. While writing this course with Dewey, I realized my strengths and weaknesses. I can come across as being a know-it-all. I have learned through color how to soften my personality. I can’t change others, but I can change me!


Next week’s article: Healing Yourself With Color

As we’ve seen today, our color choices can change and we can learn important information about ourselves from the colors and the changes. Another thing that is not commonly known, is that you can heal yourself with color. Selecting complementary color palettes can improve your life.


Photo courtesy of Deborah Young Studio


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. You can book a seminar or color course with her by emailing her at DesigningDr@gmail.com.