While sorting my clothes at change of season, I couldn’t help but be struck by the consistency of the colors in my closet. First up, black and more black—slimming (I hope!) and easy to coordinate. Dark charcoal. Then shades of navy, blue, lavender, purple and aqua, relieved by splashes of cream and pale caramel.
|A selection from my clothes closet|
All my colors come from the blue-indigo-violet end of the color spectrum. That’s what I wear. I long ago gave up experimenting with the red-orange-yellow end—pinks and oranges are just not me. Brown? So dull with my blue eyes, fair skin and auburn hair.
|I found the colors so pleasing in this window box in Salem, MA|
Truth is, I just don’t feel comfortable outside my color comfort zone. And others seem to feel the same. One of my friends, a dark-eyed brunette, laughs when she sees the hues hanging in my closet—her collection of clothes is basically red, white and black. She wouldn’t be caught dead in my beloved purple.
|This day lily is about as bright as I go--and it's in a blue pot!|
I’m the same in the garden—I love pinks and purples and all shades in-between highlighted with splashes of white, orange and yellow. The exception? The deep glory of scarlet and crimson roses, judiciously placed. Not for me, riots of unrelieved red and yellow, though I truly appreciate their beauty.
|Bright, breathtaking bouganvillea|
While I stick to my own colors for myself, I’m good at helping others choose the right shades for them—usually nothing like what I wear. (I had lots of practice organizing makeovers in my days as a magazine fashion editor). Colors I most liked dressing my daughter in when she was little? Red and hot pink—and she still looks fabulous in them.
|A favorite corner of my garden|
I love dressing the characters in my novels—it’s kind of like the fun I used to have dressing my dolls when I was a kid. Part of choosing my characters’ clothes (and accessories, mustn’t forget the accessories!) is making sure the colors suit both their hair, eyes and skin tone but also their personalities. One of my favorite heroines to dress, Serena in Home Is Where the Bark Is, starts the book hiding out in shapeless, colorless clothes and Birkenstocks, she ends it in sassy, sexy black and sky high stilettos with a slash of scarlet lipstick.
I’m giving the last word on color to this visitor to my garden this morning—an Australian lorikeet feasting on the nectar of flowers of a flame tree. What a color clash! And yet so beautiful.
|The glorious plumage of a lorikeet feasting in a flame tree|
What about you? Do you have a color comfort zone and stick with a family of colors in the clothes you wear, your house, your garden? Does it annoy you when a character in a book or movie dresses in the wrong color?
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Kandy Shepherd writes fun, feel-good fiction. Her books include The Castaway Bride, Something About Joe, Love is a Four-Legged Word and Home Is Where the Bark Is—and you can enjoy reading them no matter what color you happen to be wearing at the time!
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