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Color Me Skeptical

You guys seemed to like our foray into the theory of homestrology last week, so I’m back with another attempt to see if our birthdates really do say more about us than “this is when you owe me a present.”  This time we’re talking colorstrology (since apparently adding “-strology” to the end of words is a thing now).

The people at Pantone recruited astrologist Michele Bernhardt to create this website, which tells you the color that guides you based on your birth month and even your specific birthdate.  So just like with homestrology, I’m skeptical but willing to see if it rings true when it comes to our color sensibilities.

We’ll start with me this time. My November birthday means my color is Claret Red (didn’t my homestrology profile try to pin red on me too?!). I’m usually more of a blue / green guy, but I recall the site’s disclaimer that your birth color isn’t necessarily the same as your favorite color.  The more important thing is it’s meaning: that I’m “intense, passionate and transforming” and that I “can see past the mundane and into the hearts of others.”  Not sure what this means, but it isn’t sounding a whole lot like me.

It gets interesting when I look up my specific birth date – November 15.  Suddenly my color gets pinker and becomes Garnet Rose.  Awesome.  But at least it means I’m “instinctive, sexy and admired”.  I’ll take the compliment, but I’m not so sure what to make of the phrase that “surrounding yourself with your color helps transform hurt into fertilizer for creation.”  That wording kind of weirds me out. So don’t expect to see Garnet Rose (or fertilizer) in my home anytime soon.

I was feeling relatively okay about my colorstrology profile… until I saw Sherry’s and got jealous.  Her birthmonth, March, stole my blue (Fair Aqua) and her birthdate, the 19th, stole my green (Arcadian Green).  Perhaps that’s why green and blue are frequent accent colors in our house.  And while I was plenty satisfied being called sexy and admired, Sherry’s profile is just one big string of compliments: “the ability to shine and excel… an array of talents to choose from… youthfulness and wisdom that’s intriguing and attractive… wise and strong…” The list goes on.

So, like with homestrology, Sherry gets a home run while I’m left a little bewildered.  Maybe I should’ve been born in March too.  Harumph.

Check out your own colorstrological profile here and let us know how it worked out for you. And a big thanks goes out to How About Orange for diggin’ up this link.



Hey Baby, What’s Your De-Sign?

I almost laughed out loud when I read the word “homestrology” on Apartment Therapy this week.  I usually don’t agree with the idea of astrology in general (how can everyone with the same birthday have the same personality/future?) let alone the idea that my sign guides how I design my home. But being the good sport that I am (and at least recognizing astrology’s entertainment value) I couldn’t help but share our homestrology reading. We’ll let you guys be the judge of whether it’s dead on or dead wrong.

We’ll start with Sherry, a Pisces.  Homestrology makes the natural leap that this means her home should have a water theme. On the literal side of things this means having water around our home: a pond in the garden (used to), a jacuzzi tub (Sherry’s favorite part of a hotel room) or even a pool in the backyard (Sherry’s dream). More figuratively it means using sea-inspired colors.  So, perhaps they’ve heard us gush about our “Gentle Tide” blue bedroom paint? We also use accessories that they suggest like plants and sand, sea glass and other beachy items. I was beginning to think there was some truth to this mumbo jumbo…

Then I read mine.

I’m a Scorpio and no description of a Scorpio has ever resonated with me (which might be why I’m so skeptical of this stuff in the first place). Since my planet is Pluto, I supposedly have a “special connection with a house’s hidden and cavernous rooms” and “must have a finished basement.”  Try again, homestrology. They suggest that I enjoy a cavernous effect in rooms with heavy tapestries and exposed wood beams (um, we painted those white).  Then they suggest I embrace my black, white and “blood red” color to give my home an especially underworld-y theme.  Why do they make us Scorpios so sinister sounding?

I’ll hand it to them that my “flowing water” element has manifested itself in plumbing problems.  But who hasn’t had plumbing issues?

So, sorry to all the homestrologists out there, but I’m definitely still a raging skeptic.  But I’d love to hear how everyone else’s homestrology sign matched up with their home. You can check yours out here and let us know what you think.  Perhaps I may be forced to give it another chance (and bring some blood red and black into our home). You never know…