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How Color Influences Your Audience

These are a series of helpful hints on how to do something art + growth related. Come over and take a peek!

This is a series of helpful hints I want to share with you that I’ve learned along the way in my art journey.  For more How To’s click here.

Want to know how you can influence your audience with a simple color choice? Click through to learn about complimentary colors and get a free PDF color chart!

When was the last time you were really drawn to a piece of artwork or a graphic?

Most likely the color combination they used made you feel a certain way.  It’s a nifty little trick you can use to attract your audience too!

I’ve always been fascinated with color and how it can affect even the simplest of things.  I’m a big fan of black clothes because it makes getting dressed so easy but when it comes to painting and social media?  The more color the better.

But what if you’re a newbie and don’t know how to blend one color with the other to create the mood you’re looking for?  It’s something easy to learn and it becomes second nature after a while; let’s start with the basics.

Red, blue and yellow are primary colors.  All of the other colors are a combination of these three.

When you mix red and yellow, you get orange (see in the wheel below how it’s in the middle of those two colors?)  Mix blue and yellow, you get green; mix red and blue, you get violet. All of these colors that are produced–Orange, green and violet–are called secondary colors because they’re made from the primary ones.
Complimentary color wheel colors

If you look at the wheel, the complimentary color is whatever is across from it.   Complimentary colors go well together because they don’t share any common colors but create contrast and interest.  Some people say that using complimentary colors seems to makes the image appear like it’s vibrating. #Whoa.

But something to keep in mind when you’re using complimentary colors is: don’t give them an equal 50/50 distribution because that can feel a little obnoxious to the viewer–pick one dominant color and then use the other for accent + contrast.  So the breakup tends to be more like 80/20 in an image, or even 90/10.  Just a touch of contrast can be very powerful.

Want to know how you can influence your audience with a simple color choice? Click through to learn about complimentary colors and get a free PDF color chart!

So why does all of this matter?

When you’re creating something to convey a message to others, whether it be through your art or a social media/blog graphic, you want to take color into consideration.  People inherently react emotionally to images, even if it’s just a simple color. And depending on the message you want to send, you can pick your colors accordingly to create the emotion you’re trying to convey.

Here are some common perceptions/meanings of different colors:

  • Red: affection, power + sometimes fear
  • Orange: comfort, warmth + motivation
  • Yellow: Joy, Happiness + Confidence
  • Green: Balance, Harmony + Health
  • Blue: Calm, soothing + sometimes cold
  • Purple: luxury, mystery + spirituality
  • Pink: compassion, caring + understanding
  • Brown: structure, security + protection
  • Black: control, independence + sometimes evil
  • White: purity, innocence + cleanliness

So say you want to make a graphic for your blog post, titled: “5 Ways To Love Your Life More”.  You want to attract people that are interested in enjoying themselves + are interested in growing from your tips; these people will probably will be a little more open minded, yes?  If you look at the right half of the color wheel–those are the warm colors.  These colors tend to exhibit energy, passion and joy.  They exude “warmth”.  The left half contains the cool colors which give off the feeling of calmness and professionalism.

From this insight, you’d probably want to lean more towards using the warm tones for your graphic–maybe a peachy/orangey background as the dominant color to set the overall tone.  You want to draw people in by making them feel warm + fuzzy and warm colors would do the trick.

Here is a simple visual:

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I intentionally kept this graphic very plain to get the message across about the colors used; you can see how you might attract more people to your blog/site who are looking for some comfort if you use the orange toned graphic.  It’s warmer and more psychologically cozy, even with the touch of contrasting color.

And even though the blue toned one says the exact same thing it’s sending a different message, isnt it?  It’s cooler, it’s calm, but not as welcoming because we subconsciously associate blue toned colors with icy, separateness.  Not exactly the warm fuzzy we were looking for 🙂

Of course sometimes our personal preference will override everything, so it’s ok if you liked the blue graphic better!  This is just a basic guideline to show you the difference of emotions that you can create for your online presence.

It becomes a little bit of a fun game to pair up different colors together intentionally–you can experiment by creating 2 different graphics like I did and see which one gets more of a response on your blog or profile.

Just have fun with it!  It’s all a work in progress.

Love, Steph

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Link Love + Happy Halloween

You guys!  Happy Halloween to you.  What did you dress up as this year?  I was a jailbird with a co-worker and we had everyone laughing at our antics.  Sometimes it’s fun to dress up and be someone else!

C and I also had an elaborate pumpkin carving night this year–stencils and everything.  Can you tell what I carved in my pumpkin?


My head is spinning from these fall colors!  It feels like no two are the same–I see rainbows of color everywhere I look!  My favorites are the many variations of leaves on the trees.  Here are a few colors I captured from this weekend:

Red Tree

big sky



Link Love

Some of my favorite links around the web this week:

I love this blog post from Lissa Rankin about How To Have Both Intimacy & Space In A Relationship.

Here’s a free gift for you–A Little Book of Contentment–because we all could use a little help in being more content.

I wish we had more ads like this one: ““I’m a girl. I’m funny, playful, daring, strong, curious, smart, brave, healthy, friendly and caring,”  Thank you Mayor Bloomberg!

I’m not a coffee drinker, but here are some tips for those of you that are: Make your next trip to Starbucks way better.

7 Things calm people do differently.





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Link Love and a Hunter’s Moon

Fall is full of so many awesome things!  Pumpkin flavored everything, (including the best and worst pumpkin treats) a harvest moon, cool nights to cuddle and beautiful changing foliage.  The full moon usually brings out the crazy, but everyone seemed pretty mellow this week.  Here are some images from my week:


I loved the lanterns at Watermark, so bohemian and mellow–and the subtle glow inside was perfect for a chill night.

watermark 2

The colors of the season are what really get me… the rainbows we see in nature are so amazing!  Here are a few I captured (and a shot of C’s Pumpkin alter!)



Link Love

Some of my favorites around the web for this week…

These pictures are amazing!  The real-life jungle book childhood of Tippi Degre.

The anatomy of why Doritoes are just so.darn.tasty.

Can an extra hour of sleep change your health?  Apparently so.

This list of things women should stop doing is pretty accurate–let’s build self esteem rather than always pushing it down.

Here are some images of the Hunter’s Moon–did you know there was also a lunar eclipse?





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