Add Color to Your Life

What’s in your closet? Probably a lot of black. After all, everyone knows that black clothing makes you look thinner. But is that what you really want to wear? Why not go red or purple or pink? Even if you are still attached to the little black dress with the matching heels, you can use accent colors. Paint your nails red, use a brighter blush or a new shade of lipstick, or don colorful accessories like bracelets and handbags. So why are we writing about fashion? After all, we are hardly fashionistas. We are writing about this because it is Monday again after all. It is time to get clear about your life. And focusing on color might be just the thing you need to prompt a little bit of inspiration.

We don’t want to focus on personal attire. In fact, you can start with your surroundings. Your living spaces—at home and at work—should nourish your soul. Are your walls white? Are they blank? Could they use a little color or a few pictures? You don’t have to go crazy like Laura Linney’s character on Showtime’s The Big C who graffitied an entire wall to express herself. Painting one bedroom wall light blue or turning your dining room crimson will do a lot to change your space and your mood.

You may not want to do anything drastic or expensive right now. We hear you. Simply buy a small bunch of fresh tulips and put them in a vase, or place red delicious apples, yellow bananas, and orange Clementines in a bowl on the kitchen counter. And consider color in your cooking. What can you do to create a colorful plate? Making food appetizing is half the battle to serving a satisfying meal. Add red, green, orange, and yellow peppers to an omelet instead of just one kind and place it on a colorful plate.

Altering the color palettes in your life will help you to live one that is a bit more exciting and a little less drab. What do you do to add color to your life?