Pick A Color
February 5th, 2014
Happy Love Month!
There’s something about the month of February that I really like.
It’s smack dab in the middle of winter (bummer) but it’s closer to Spring than January (winning). I’m pretty sure the promise of chocolate has something to do with my adoration as does all the talk about love.
What hue do you see when you think about the month of February? Red of course. I also see violet, lavender, hot pink, coral & sparkly silver. It’s a colorful time of the year.
Which got me thinking about – what else? THE COLOR(S) OF THE YEAR.
To be clear, every paint line chooses their own COLOR OF THE YEAR or at the very least a COLOR PALETTE OF THE YEAR. You may be drawn to some or repulsed by others, but these trends will not only be seen in paint and home goods but also fashion and marketing all through 2014.
I thought it would be fun to share them with you today & see which you are drawn to. It may just give you a bit of insight into, well…..YOU! There’s so much psychology connected to color. Don’t believe that? Take a peek.
Benjamin Moore – Breathe of Fresh Air (806)
- Promotes feelings of serenity & calmness.
- Often described as peaceful, tranquil and orderly.
- Blue is used lots in offices because it promotes productivity.
- Blue is one of the least appetizing colors. Paint your dining room or kitchen blue and you’ll eat less in those rooms. A blue plate can have same effect.
- This hue lowers your heart rate and body temperature.
- Keep in mind the colors undertone. If you paint your wall a warm blue (red or orange in it) it may not feel as calming or tranquil.
Pantone – Radiant Orchid 18-3224
“A colour that emanates great joy, love and health.” says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of Pantone. A softer purple with a hint of pink.
- Purple is the favored color of women over sixty and adolescent girls.
- Promotes creativity and imagination.
- Calms the nerves and mind.
- In stained glass, the color purple or violet is seen as uniting the “wisdom” of blue and the “love” of red and symbolizes justice and royalty.
Pittsburg Paint -Turning Oakleaf ATC-38
- Yellow is often described as cheery and warm.
- Creates feelings of frustration and anger. While it is considered a cheerful color, people are more likely to lose their tempers in yellow rooms and babies tend to cry more in yellow rooms. That explains Monkey Boy’s tears at the doctor’s office.
- Yellow is also the most tiring to the eye due to the high amount of light that is reflected. Keep that in mind when working on a computer.
- Yellow can also increase your metabolism.
- Yellow is the most visible color so it is also the most attention-getting color. Yellow can be used in small amount to draw notice which is why it’s used on traffic signs.
Whooo. Love me some color! What do you think? What is your color? Which speaks to you? Which is a total turnoff? I’d love to hear your thoughts.