Colour analysis has been available for many years and it all started out by philosophers who discovered a link between painting for art and selecting harmonious colours which were pleasing to the eye and in as much when you viewed the pieces of art you ’felt’ a connection to the colours that created this wonderful vision of art work. Over the years other philosophers discovered that wearing colours together was indeed very appealing, although they didn’t have the colour options that were available today. But this was the start.
As the years pass, more was discovered about pairing up colours together for people to embrace wearing and as more colours became available the whole colour consulting industry was born.
Initially the 4 seasons were appropriate as a starting point because people can identify with that. However as we became more inquisitive with hues, tones, light, clear, soft muted, bold levels of colour and there are many words used (maybe too many some would say) and colour moved into tonal levels. However, the downside of this is that all of these wordy colour levels is leading to mass confusion.
Also another really interesting factor is coming out which is people are really beginning to ‘feel’ the colours they wear and also how this affects them on a daily basis. A lot of this has come out due to the changing work options especially since 2020 and the world wide changes that have taken place.
Long gone are the dominant, some may say, power dressing combinations of darker colours matched with neutrals to give the impression of authority which did suit some work places and environments but with work from home suddenly everyone could relax into wearing more colour and it made them ‘feel’ better for it. And so, a huge change has taken place as people do not want to go back to having to be so formally attired which they now recognise made them feel off balance, depressed or maybe the other way into quite aggressiveness.
People now have had time to really embrace and understand that wearing colour is good for the soul and gives a feel good vibe on any given day. The knock on effect too is that standards of work have improved because people feel better in the colours that they get to choose and group and work interaction is much more beneficial and whilst more relaxed, results are better.
And now, colour analysis is changing in a much more beneficial way too, for the coach and the client.