Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Color of Romance

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about color. Color is often taken for granted by those of us with color vision, but it is so important to our world as romance writers.

We add imagery to our stories using color. The color of hair, eyes, complexion, along with other attributes allows the reader to visualize our characters. Color allows us to set a scene—the soft greens of a woodland, the vibrant reds, oranges, and gold of a summer garden, and the vermilion of a sunset.

What would a regency romance be without colorful garments and opulent ballrooms? Does the choice of color for a contemporary heroine's blouse tell the reader something about her character? Does the colorful plaide of a Highlander inspire courage?

Color is important. We need to fill our stories with living color.

In my Highland Gardens series (Scottish time travel with fantasy elements), each book has a gemstone that inspires the color palette. In Just Beyond the Garden Gate, it's sapphire. In Just Once in a Verra Blue Moon, it's moonstone. In my WIP Christmas story, it's ruby.

I recently participated in a cover design workshop and learned the importance of color on the cover of a romance novel. Depending on the background, certain text colors recede while others pop. We want our cover colors to catch the eye, especially as a thumbnail.
Do you find color important in romance novels?
~Dawn Marie


  1. I agree completely, Dawn. Color affects people far more than we realize. I have an hour workshop about how to create characters by the colors you, the author, select for them. And one tidbit--the color turquoise opens communication doors. If you someone to listen to you, wear that color.

    1. I'll need to add turquoise to my wardrobe, Darcy. Thanks!