The Nature of Color: Seduction

The Nature of Color: Seduction

Oct 7, 2008

Male bowerbirds use color to personalize their space and, more importantly, to attract the lady birds into it.

Sound familiar? Jump down to see how one AT reader uses the lure of color in her own nest...

When they're feeling frisky, male bowerbirds build intricately woven nests or bowers to house their prospective mate. To attract the female, the male then uses color to decorate:

These objects — usually strikingly blue in hue — may include hundreds of shells, leaves, flowers, feathers, stones, berries, and even discarded plastic items or pieces of glass. The bird spends hours carefully sorting and arranging his collection, with each object in a specific place; if an object is moved while the bowerbird is away he will put it back in its place.

As humans, we too use color to slip softly into seduction. Sarah, an entrant of 2006's Fall Colors Contest, normally uses color to highlight her surroundings but the rosy shade in her bedroom is her own sexy secret:

I took a note from Diana Vreeland and decided that deep pink will be my signature (bedroom) color since it's the one that best compliments my skin tone. A girl has got to have a secret weapon...

Lead photo & Bowerbird quote: B-Home Studio
Middle photo: Chappo's Doodlings

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