Colour Us Sick

An unpleasant head cold sweeps its way through our families here at Lenore Brooks Design. As our ability to get things done slows, I am reminded of college when I often had to work through an illness.

I remember particularly a large solo project where we were designing a fictional medical clinic. It was beautiful inspiring architecture, and I was very motivated to do a good job. Just a couple weeks in, however, I was struck down with a bad cold.

I had completed the colour scheme only a few days prior and thought that while I couldn’t do much, I could take the opportunity to review my colours to see how they would effect a sick person in my clinic. So armed with a fever of 102, I reviewed my project. I wholeheartedly believed my brilliant colour scheme, so carefully crafted, would delight and sooth my poor head, delivering me into the depths of peace where I would revel in my uncompromising brilliance.¬† What can I say, I was in my early 20’s.

Much to my horror, instead of being both interesting and soothing, my colour scheme hit me like a physical force, making me dizzy, disoriented and doubling my headache. I quickly sorted through my palettes to find colours that would sooth, calm, and relax me in my state.

It was one of the most valuable lessons on colour theory I learned over the three years. Colours do matter, they do effect us, and their careful and thoughtful choosing can greatly increase our quality of life.

Also I got a really good mark. And in school, that is the best balm for a cold.