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You can create a great stress reliever right in front of you by going with a green screen saver. “Research shows that it calms and reassures us,” says colour specialist Mark Wentworth (www.colourforlife.com), “probably because when our ancestors saw a sea of lush greenery, they knew they weren’t going to starve.”
Colour therapist Jean Andrew (www.clearskyholistics.com) agrees: “Green is great for a balanced, calm view.” This is opposed to the blue screen of death (BSOD) that usually incurs a lot of stress.
If you want to be enigmatic, stick to a dark ink. “Black is all colours absorbed and narrows your silhouette,” says Suzy Chiazzari, author of The Complete Book of Color. Cornell University in the US found it to be the colour of “authority and power”. Perfect for “hands-off” notes in the office fridge. Plus, Batman pulls it off extremely well and noone's more enigmatic than Bruce Wayne's alter ego (except maybe Marilyn Manson).
Putting up some orange can galvanise your brain. “Studies show people are more productive in orange rooms,” says Wentworth. “It’s a useful mix of energising red and creative yellow, so it can boost energy levels.” Which should hopefully stop you from wasting time on Facebook.
Ever wondered why Tony Blair and George Bush sport red ties? Studies by the University of Rochester in the US found that red signals dominance. “A red tie asserts authority, especially with a black suit,” says Andrew. “It makes the wearer appear more assertive.” Although invading Iraq wasn’t what we had in mind. Remember this the next time you're planning to clinch a big sales deal or a power meeting to attend.
Not sure what to wear at your job interview or the first day of work? Go with a blue shirt or tie. Research by the University of Alberta in Canada shows this simple choice can make your blood pressure drop. “And it gives the impression you’re a loyal, consistent and moderate thinker,” says Andrew.
If you want your boss to take notice, give your presentation a yellow cover. “Studies show this improves concentration and makes people take notice,” says Andrew. “That’s why yellow is used for legal pads.” And also why you can’t look that babe in the eye when she’s wearing that mustard V-neck.