Some of us suffer from certain unrelieved and painfully unnerving conditions. Fortunately, most of us can take a trip to a local doctor who will usually be able to tell us, “Now don’t you worry, I’ve got a pill I can give you for that.” Unfortunately, even the family doctor can’t help you if you’re color-phobic. That’s a condition that only a trained and experienced interior decorator should take on.
A word of warning: many color-phobes will try to disguise their ominous behavior by describing themselves as a “minimalist.” Please do not fall prey to this ruse, as you will not be able to help until you can properly diagnose and treat the individual so that they may go on to lead full and color-filled lives.
Acute (or terminal) color-phobia can be defined as adverse or intense, painful reactions to decorating one’s surroundings with anything other than white, polar white, photographer’s white, off white, neutral white, linen white … with a feeling of impending death if color is approached.
Chronic color-phobia is not as serious as acute or terminal color-phobia; however, the adverse reactions to non-white furnishings is still ever-present and disrupts the person’s ability create a pleasing or interesting living environment.
Mild color-phobia can be characterized as a person who is able to function with some amount of color; however, they are still unable to commit wholly to any color that isn’t washed out or diluted with large amounts of white. Some mild color-phobes may be able to live with a medium color hue; however, they will only use that one color and will not have the ability to mix the color with anything else. Primary colors would never appear on this person’s decorating palette and their aversion to strong or bold colors can often induce nervousness and the inability to finish a decorating project.
Occasional color-phobia may afflict a high-functioning color-phobe at any time in their life and come in sporadic patterns. Symptoms of occasional color-phobia can be a complete decision reversal after selecting such colors as yellow or red for a furnishing, followed by buyer’s remorse and an attempt to return the item. Caution should be taken when approaching someone in this state because they can quickly revert to a higher degree of color-phobia and cause a downward spiral in their ability to participate in any future decorating projects.
Home Remedy for Color-Phobia
If you or anyone you know suffers from this common, yet painfully boring disease, please go immediately to the nearest home improvement store and ask to be directed to the paint isle. Once there, immerse yourself in the color chip rack and allow the different colors to come in contact with your person. If this home remedy does not help, please seek treatment from a licensed professional.
Good News for Color-Phobes
The good news is that there is hope for even the terminally color-phobic among us. The best treatment is to find an interior decorator you trust. Ask neighbors and relatives for recommendations and check references. If possible, visit a couple of projects completed by the candidate to determine if you can live in harmony with examples of their final work product.
Once you have located an interior decorator to help you recover from your malady, put complete and total trust in that person. This person is not going to hurt you. They have been hired to help you. If you take their advice and work with them to overcome your condition, you will be well on your way to living a normal, color-inspired life in surroundings that you will actually come to enjoy.