Color and Laminate Therapy

Color and Laminate Therapy

Maxwell Ryan
Oct 18, 2004

Don't get even, get color. One of our favorite writers at The Times, Penelope Green (because she wrote about us - and she's good), had this story this weekend: Design Therapy and Self-Discovery.

Therapy is everywhere these days, but this story makes it so nicely clear how effective renovating and color is in cheering us up.

The subject of this story, Grace Jeffers, a nice young woman on the Upper West Side, discovers at the end of a long term relationship that her boyfriend has been cheating on her "for years," and goes into a tailspin, only to rescue herself by buying a womb chair and refocusing on her apartment....with color. This is the die hard approach of a desgin junkie:

"The best way to break with the past is with design," she said, "to ask yourself who you are, and then express that down to the nuts and bolts, the hinges and cabinet knobs, of your home."

What she has done, creating this "shiny, half-laminate, pink, blue and orange 700-square-foot one-bedroom apartment on Riverside Drive," requires reading, while the bright colors will lift you up right away.

On a similar note, lately we have heard of other stories where a single color has cured a spiralling breakup depression and become a symbol of empowerment. In both cases the color was......Yellow.

Yellow is sun, light, warmth and butter. What could be better? MGR

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