Over 50s Lifestyle Zen Tip Tuesday

6 Colors to Energize your 60’s

March 19, 2019
6 Colours to Energize your 60s

Color. We’re surrounded by it. Whether it’s our makeup, our wardrobe, or our home decor, different hues and shades are all around us. While we may not recognize it, color has more influence on us than we think.

Have you ever thought that orange shirt you love does more than just compliment your skin tone?

Or have you ever considered that brightening up your home decor can do more than just lighten up your living room?

It can be easy to get stuck in your comfort zone surrounding yourself with the same colors day-by-day. With all the benefits that can come from incorporating different colors into your life, there’s no time like the present to ditch those safe colors and start coloring up your life (literally!).

6 colours to energize your 60’s


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Yellow: We most often associate the color yellow with the sun, lemons, and for being the brightest hue of the rainbow. With that being said, it should come as no surprise that seeing the color yellow inspires happiness and optimism. One of the easiest places to incorporate more yellow into your life is through your home decor. Next time you’re thinking of revamping your kitchen or bedroom, opt for a bright yellow paint color or brighten up your space with a bold yellow rug!

Orange: Whether it’s eating a clementine or staring at a gorgeous orange sunset, orange is another bright hue of the spectrum that can initiate all kinds of benefits. Not only does orange draw feelings of excitement and enthusiasm, there have also been studies that orange helps to boost socialization and increase oxygen supply to the brain. The next time you’re going flower shopping, opt for marigolds or orange roses. Their bright hues will be sure to liven up any room you put them in.

Red: Undoubtedly, one of the boldest colors in the spectrum is red. With it’s vivid hues, it’s no surprise that seeing red inspires feelings of passion. One of the best ways to incorporate more red into your life is through a bold red lip. Whether you want to sport the look at a boardroom meeting or for a night out on the town, applying a red lipstick to your look will be sure to turn heads!

Pink: The color most often associated with little girl baby showers and Valentine’s day, pink is a color that inspires kindness and is known to have a calming effect on nerves. With Spring around the corner, one of the best ways to incorporate more pink in your life will be through your wardrobe. Whether it’s through a bright pink dress or a pair of blush flats, wearing pink pieces from your wardrobe will not only brighten your day, you’ll be brightening up the day for those you surround yourself with.

Purple: On the darker end of the spectrum, purple is one of the most popular colors we see. Not only have studies shown that the color purple helps to calm the mind, it’s also been shown to uplift us and trigger creativity. With its vivid color, one of the best ways to display purple is through your physical appearance. Next time you feel like making a change to your hair color, think outside the box and dye your hair a vivid shade of purple from a company like oVertone. Hair color company, oVertone makes hair colors every shade of the rainbow so no matter what color you might be feeling, any shade is possible.

Blue: As one of the darker shades of the rainbow, certain shades of blue are seen as calm and serene while also inspiring trustworthiness. Because blue has been seen as a color that helps alleviate the mind of worries and fear, including more blue into your life is a sure way to integrate more relaxed feelings in your lifestyle. One of the most popular ways we see blue integrated is through our home decor. Whether it’s through a comfy blue couch or indigo colored bed sheets, using blue for your home decor will help with your health and will also be aesthetically pleasing.

What are some ways that you incorporate different colors into your life?

Colours to Energise your 60's

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46 Comments

  • Reply Bren Pace March 19, 2019 at 04:32

    Hey Sue! Great that you mention colors as mine favs are constantly changing. Now, over 50, I’m loving up on oranges and pinks. In the past, it was purples and blacks. Very strange. I love your analogies of the colors. Do you think they have anything to do with a particular time in our life? Would love your thoughts!

    Bren

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 23, 2019 at 05:13

      Hi Bren, I wear much brighter colours in retirement compared to when I was working in the Corporate environment. I think that our idea of colour does change as we age. We feel more confident and probably wear colours not only to lift our mood but because we know they look great and keep us feeling alive. x

  • Reply Christine March 19, 2019 at 07:55

    Hi Bren, it’s interesting isn’t it how we change not only our colour choices but also our clothing styles. I think you are right, we often choose colours and styles depending on how we are evolving in our life, for example I am a firm believer that as we advance in years we become more confident in who we are and one of the ways we express this is by wearing brighter colours or surrounding ourselves with more colour.
    Christine x

  • Reply Donna March 19, 2019 at 09:01

    Hi, Sue – Thank you for sharing some of the effects of specific colours. I found this to be very thought-provoking. My wardrobe is filled with soft pinks. I hadn’t heard that this colour is believed to inspires kindness and have calming effects. That makes me like it even more!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 23, 2019 at 05:20

      I love soft pink Donna but not sure it suits me. I love calming colours in my home so it is pretty neutral with pops of colour here and there. I do believe that colours can affect your mood and if I’m not feeling great I select a bright coloured outfit to lift my spirits. xx

  • Reply Candi Randolph March 19, 2019 at 09:29

    Color is such an interesting way to express ourselves, isn’t it? I tend to wear mostly neutrals so not sure what that says about me, but I do like to use some color as accent in both my wardrobe and my home. Right now I have vibrant pops of red, orange, blue and green in my home accents, so maybe I’m a well rounded person. 🙂 Thanks, and have a great week, Sue! xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 23, 2019 at 05:22

      Hi Candi, I love neutrals for my home with a pop of colour. I also like neutrals in my clothing as they are always a classic look for me. However, since retiring I have certainly been more adventurous with my colors and wear bright pink and bright orange especially in Summer. You have a lovely weekend, Candi xx

  • Reply Janet Mary Cobb March 19, 2019 at 10:11

    Sue – I do think color is so important to mood and making a statement to the outside world. Having spent so long in the habit, color was important to me for many years after I left the convent. And, I am very attuned to color in the choice of food! I’ve found now that my professional world is shrinking and feeling cozy overrides ‘statement’. I’ve noted how much I tend towards grey — but was just sharing with my daughter that I need to invest in some colors as I do know how much it can impact mood. Thanks for the nudge.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 23, 2019 at 05:24

      Hi Janet, I wore mainly black, grey or navy with white when I worked but since retiring I have expanded my wardrobe to brighter colours. I love neutrals, especially in my home and use pops of colour as accents. I always say we should ‘eat a rainbow’ and a colourful meal is much more appetizing, wouldn’t you agree? Enjoy your weekend, Janet. xx

  • Reply Min @ Write of the Middle March 19, 2019 at 10:31

    Colours have a huge impact on my mood Sue! Red is a real confidence booster so though I wear it because I love the colour I also wear it when I need to feel confident. I find blues very calming. Greens I find uplifting – I think the connection with nature perhaps. I must also find rich, warm tones calming because I have a lot of those in my home. The effect that colours has on us is fascinating and something we should consider when decorating our homes and dressing ourselves too! Great post Sue and thank you for linking it up with #ZTT xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 23, 2019 at 05:25

      I agree Min and if I’m feeling down I will pull out a bright top to wear. I feel immediately better. I love Red but have to be careful what tone – it gets a bit complicated sometimes doesn’t it? I prefer neutrals in my home for a calming effect and then add pops of colour for accent. Loving the #ZTT it is making me think of new ideas! xx

  • Reply Joanne Tracey March 19, 2019 at 11:18

    My Kiwi bestie just gave me the most gorgeous little yellow ceramic butterflies for my birthday. ‘I’m into yellow at the moment she said.’ I can see why.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 23, 2019 at 05:28

      I love yellow Jo because it makes me feel happy, especially daffodils and sunflowers. Your gift sounds gorgeous and I’m sure will brighten your day each time you look at them. Glad you had a lovely time in NZ. xx

  • Reply Debbie March 19, 2019 at 11:35

    I love mostly bright colours and am pleased to read more about them here Sue. You have certainly given us all something to think about as we plan our outfits!! I like that my favourite colour orange, helps with increasing oxygen supply to the brain. I much prefer navy blue to black and wear it far more often. Beige is a colour I just don’t understand as I wrote a post about it a while ago 🙂 . Thanks fro this interesting info 🙂

    • Reply Debbie March 21, 2019 at 14:09

      Also shared for #mlstl this week 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 23, 2019 at 05:30

      Hi Deb, I have an orange top that I just love to wear in Summer, Autumn and Spring. I do like neutrals for my home and add a pop of colour with accents. It is amazing how colours can affect our mood. Have a great weekend. xx

  • Reply Natalie March 20, 2019 at 03:42

    Hi Sue – Thanks for sharing some of the effects of the six colours. I love colours and look for them in my surroundings. I think you’ve seen some of that in the photos I post on my blog. I try to include colours in my food and in my clothing. Even when I wear neutral or black, I try to accentuate with a colourful accessory. #ZTT

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 23, 2019 at 05:35

      Hi Natalie, accessories can really make a plain outfit pop and it is a good way to also have variety in our wardrobes. Colour is much more important in our lives than we sometimes realise isn’t it? Have a beautiful weekend. xx

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee March 20, 2019 at 07:27

    Big fan of red and purple (the colours of independance – if you read The Color Purple) #MLSTL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 23, 2019 at 05:37

      Hi Lydia, I love those two colours but don’t tend to wear them very often. I’ve seen the movie but it was years ago so I had forgotten about the meaning of these colours. They are very regal colours, aren’t they? Enjoy your weekend and thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply Jennifer Jones March 20, 2019 at 07:48

    This post gives me much to think about as we go into winter with it’s dark colours. I tend to wear darker colours on winter but I live a alash of colour,m. A brightly coloured scarf can give life to a dark outfit

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 23, 2019 at 05:38

      I agree, Jen, I tend to go darker in winter but we can always bring some colour in with our accessories. Scarves are the perfect way!

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt March 20, 2019 at 07:57

    Color is such an important topic for our well-being, whether in what we wear or in our daily surroundings. I remember reading that McDonald’s restaurants used red and orange in their color schemes to move people in and out faster. I prefer greens and blues, being a redhead, I have to be careful what colors I wear. I do love pale pinks and feel good wearing them, but my go-to is any shade of green!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 23, 2019 at 05:39

      Hi Terri, yes I’ve read about the reasoning behind McDonald’s corporate colours. I love your colouring and although you have to be careful which colours to choose my fave colour for a redhead is green – stunning! xx

  • Reply Leslie Susan Clingan March 20, 2019 at 08:02

    I gravitate toward earth tones so this post really spoke to me. My closet would be filled with olive green and peach if I didn’t push myself to try brighter colors. And actually, I think some of the jewel tones probably look better on me. Interesting to know what vibe the colors give off and how they are perceived. I had heard that red was a power color. Great idea to wear it as a lip color. Because I have blue eyes people encourage me to wear more blue but that seems so cliche.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 26, 2019 at 05:55

      Hi Leslie, yes I love the earth tones and olive green is a favourite. I have been wearing much brighter colours since I retired and love the jewel tones. I’ve never really found a lipstick with the right shade of red to suit me. I actually prefer to wear darker eye colours and lighter shades for my lip colour. I found the subject really interesting. xx

  • Reply Christine Field March 20, 2019 at 09:19

    I am tired of being bland! Because I go to court every day, I tend to wear very conservative suits – everything is black or blue or gray. So I have been having fun with pairing them with more colorful shirts. Next, I’ll play with scarfs!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 23, 2019 at 05:33

      I agree Christine! My wardrobe consisted of grey, black and navy when I was working and now I’ve retired I’ve gone the other way! I love your idea of adding colour to the conservative and yes scarves are a great way to dress up an outfit and add some pop to it! Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by x

  • Reply Michele March 20, 2019 at 10:39

    I’m decorating my new house with lots of orange and blue. I also have a quite a bit of yellow ( accents, not wall color though!) As a teen I painted my bedroom walls bright yellow. It was a bit much! I’ve decided at this time of my life I want to be surrounded with happy colors.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 23, 2019 at 04:55

      Hi Michele, I tend to like neutral colours in my home and then use pops of colour with accessories. I probably need to be a little braver in this area. We can all do with more colour in our lives and since retiring I have swapped the corporate colours of black, grey and navy suits for much brighter colours. They certainly lift my mood. Have a great week! x

  • Reply Nancy Andres March 20, 2019 at 11:11

    Way to go Sue (I pinned this). I love colors and have studied them for many, many years. I believe we’re attracted to the colors our body, mind, or spirit needs and that does change often for me. My wardrobe is packed full of colors and if I need perking up I head for the hot pink. If i want to be calm and collected it’s the blue I choose. I could write a book about. Oh yes, I did…”Colors of Joy: A Woman’s Guide for Self-Discovery, Balance, and Bliss.”

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 23, 2019 at 04:58

      Hi Nancy that is interesting that we can be attracted to colours that we might need. I know that if when I wear my favourite hot pink or bright colours my mood certainly lifts and I feel positive and happy. I will definitely check out your book thanks for mentioning. Have a great week. x

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au March 20, 2019 at 12:59

    I love colour – I’m not a black and white clothing chooser and even with a beige/white decor, I love pops of colour here and there to give me a boost. Pink, purple, blue, teal – all favourites. I like the idea of not fading into the background as we age and being vibrant includes choosing to have some vibrant colours in our lives 🙂
    Thanks for co-hosting another great MLSTL with me and (of course) I’ve shared this on my SM 🙂 xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 23, 2019 at 05:01

      I wore black, grey, navy and white when I was working Leanne and then trading those colours in for much brighter ones when I retired. I have a neon pink and an orange top and when I wear them people always compliment me on how pretty and bright they are. I always feel good in them. No we won’t be fading into the background we will still be vibrant, wonderful women! Have a great week and thanks for sharing. xx

  • Reply Donna March 20, 2019 at 14:56

    Hi, Sue – I’ve shared this on my Social Media.
    Thank you to you and Leanne for all of your work in hosting this Link Up.
    Your efforts are greatly appreciated! 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 23, 2019 at 05:02

      You are so good to share for me, Donna. I love our #MLSTL community and although we limit the numbers I believe we have the right mix in place. I look forward to Wednesdays every week. xx

  • Reply Gale March 20, 2019 at 15:15

    Fun post, as color is always fun! Our living room has gray walls with white woodwork and a white couch, so we added color by purchasing an orange swivel chair (paprika according to the manufacturer) and a stationary chair with a pattern that includes the white, gray, and orange. It created a perfect balance. After reading about the color pink in your post, I definitely think I need to purchase a pink article of clothing for this spring/summer. However, not sure I could pull off the purple hair! 😉
    #MLSTL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 23, 2019 at 05:46

      Hi Gale, yes like you, my home has neutral colours but with pops of colour in accessories. I have a bright pink top that I wear and it always makes me feel great plus I usually get complimented on what a pretty colour it is. I’m not game enough for purple hair but why not? Have a great week and thanks for stopping by. xx

  • Reply Christine March 20, 2019 at 16:25

    I love colours and wear lots of wear, though my house is largely very neutral – which I love. My daughters’ houses are also neutrals, but life’s a rainbow!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 23, 2019 at 05:47

      Hi Christine, I’m like you with my home – neutrals but with pops of colour. Life is a rainbow especially with grandchildren and congratulations on the safe arrival of your newest grandbaby. xx

  • Reply Pradeep March 20, 2019 at 23:37

    Nice to see a post on something that we take so much for granted. Colours do have a significant impact and role in our lives. My favourite is yellow, green and light blue. A very nicely written post. Thanks for sharing.
    (#MLSTL visitor. I have shared the post on social media.)

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 23, 2019 at 05:49

      Thank you Pradeep and yes where would our lives be without colour! Yellow is such a happy colour and I just love daffodils and sunflowers for this reason. Thank you for sharing and for joining us at #MLSTL. x

  • Reply Nancy Dobbins March 21, 2019 at 01:53

    Hi Sue,
    I think my favorite color is green…I associate it with nature and growing things. But I don’t wear it. As I have a fair complexion it makes me a sickly color!!!
    My wardrobe is full of neutrals…and my house(s) too, but love punches of color – red, rust, gold, green in NH and aqua blues and coral in FL.
    Gotta love #MLSTL
    Shared to SM

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 23, 2019 at 05:51

      I’m like you Nancy, neutrals with pops of colour. I find neutrals calming but if I need to lift my spirits I pop on my bright pink or bright orange tops and immediately I feel happy. I love our community at #MLSTL and glad you are part of it. Thanks for sharing my post and enjoy your weekend. xx

  • Reply Christie Hawkes March 22, 2019 at 22:02

    Hello Sue! First of all, I love the images in this post. Both illustrate color so well and made me smile. I do want to add more color to my life and appreciate the suggestions you gave for each of the colors you highlighted. I will be swapping out my winter clothes for warmer weather clothes soon. I use this as an opportunity to get rid of items that no longer suit me or are in disrepair. This time, I may have to replace a few of those items with a pop of color. Have a beautiful, colorful day! #MLSTL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 26, 2019 at 06:22

      Hi Christie, I have added more colour in my wardrobe since retiring that is for sure. I think that Summer is perfect for colour but I also like to wear colour in Winter to brighten up the day. I always try to find an image that captures the essence of the post so thanks for the comment about the two I’ve used. I loved them both and yes they do make you feel happy when you look at them. Have a great week! x

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