Colour Fundamentalism

Colour plays an important role in my life.

Which is why I call myself a colour ‘fundamentalist’.

This means, amongst other things, that I ‘need’ colours to be coordinated – and that I can spend a lot of time making sure they are.

This is most obvious in my wardrobe. I’m often decked out monochromously: wearing one colour at the time – two at once is about my maximum. That doesn’t mean I wear one shade of colour only: the fun bit is precisely to combine different tints & hues which make up an harmonious whole. And I’m always delighted when I find a scarf which enables me to wear two colours the match of which didn’t come to me naturally.

Especially in winter I’m always surprised at how little colour there is to be seen in the streets. In Belgium, where I live, winters are generally grey, why would we want to strengthen that colourlessness?

My clothes are (somewhat) ordered by colour, how else?
My clothes are (in piles
or on hangers) ordered 
by colour, how else?





The interior of my home also testifies to my colour fundamentalism. Each room has a distinct colour & its attributes contribute to the overall colour scheme, again with the hope of many different hues creating harmony. A friend long believed that I changed clothes every time I went into another room. That’s taking it a bit far đŸ˜‰



But I must admit that my books too are arranged by colour.


Colour is undervalued.

I would be delighted if I could make you think and act differently about something that can add so much joy to your life & those around you.


4 thoughts on “Colour Fundamentalism”

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    1. Thanks for your comments, I’ll certainly consider them. I do think my content doesn’t present itself easily with graphs for instance. My blog’s focus has also changed a little since the article on Colour Fundamentalism. Have you seen the more recent posts? Hope you enjoy them too!

  2. I totally agree: we need more colour in our lives! I like your ideas of arranging the books by colour it looks nice and inviting but I surprised myself with my critical questions like: is colour the most important criteria for a book to be arranged by? Will I find my books back in an easy way? Does this reduce books merely to a “decoration” item?

    1. Dear Karen, you’re quite right, of course: colour isn’t the only criterium for arranging books. I actually have them per ‘genre’: history, political thought, illustrated books, novels to name but a few and within each genre (and book case) I order them per colour. I certainly do not want to reduce the invaluable worth of books in any way but I think there’s nothing wrong with giving the eye something pleasing as well, you can’t be reading all those books at once đŸ˜‰ You can train your memory quite easily to become more sensitive to colour, so that you will find your books easily. The annoying ones have a spine in a different colour from the cover but we do like challenges don’t we?

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