How often do you see a combination of colors that you love so much that you want to bring it to life in your home? Maybe it is a fabric or other decor item. It could be a picture or a flower. It could be a combination of colors that you see in nature or in a grouping of objects in a store window. Sometimes the struggle comes in making that inspiration a reality. How do you dissect what you love about it and turn it into a workable direction? We are going to take a few examples and show you.Read More
The after-holiday lull seems a perfect time to purge our homes and selves of all the excess. Once you clear everything out, you might see your rooms in a new light and decide it’s time for a little change. Paint is your friend and can do wonders to freshen things up. The absolute number one color tip I give when it’s time to choose a wall color is to TRY IT ON.Read More
I thought it might be fun to look at the history of Christmas colors. Martha Stewart Living magazine has always been a favorite of mine for their beautiful photography. I went back through the covers of their December issues and thought it was a perfect way to capture where color has been.Read More
I'm back in my office after a 4-day whirlwind of reuniting with friends, networking, future thinking and color. Whew! Exhausting and energizing at the same time, Color Marketing Group's International Summit is a highlight for me every year.Read More
Blue has remained a favorite color of adults in the U.S. and Western Europe since opinion polls started in the 1890’s.
Interestingly, before the 12th century blue had no place in social life, religion or art. Within decades of its “discovery” it took a prominent place in painting, heraldry and clothing. Where the Virgin Mary had previously been portrayed in dark colors her clothing became blues that grew in brightness and clarity to represent her divine illumination. Two types of pigments were used to achieve blue; ultramarine, which veers toward violet and comes from lapis lazuli, and azurite, which is on the greener side and is a byproduct of copper mines. Ultramarine was the more stable and expensive of the two pigments.
Looking at blue from a global perspective, it is fascinating to see how each culture can view a color so differently. In the US blue can represent sadness or faithfulness and loyalty. In German, to be blue (blausein) is to be drunk. To give someone a blue eye (blaues auge) is to look at them with anger or hostility. In China the color blue is commonly associated with torment, ghosts and death. In traditional Chinese opera, a character with a face powdered in blue is a villain. In Turkey and Central Asia blue is the color of mourning. To the Hopi people in the American southwest, blue symbolized the west, which was seen as the house of death. A dream about a person carrying a blue feather was a bad omen.
There is no doubt that every color in the spectrum is complex and each color affects us physically and personally. Blue is said to call to mind feelings of calmness and serenity. Blue can also lower the pulse rate and body temperature. Certain blues can be more electric and strong thus breaking those rules. Our own memories and associations can affect the way that we perceive a color but there is certainly a blue in some shade, tint or tone that will appeal to your senses and leave you feeling anything but blue.
Who remembers the television show, To Tell the Truth? Three different people would claim to be the same person and the celebrity panel on the show would have to ask questions to figure out who was the one telling the truth. Well we have an array of paint and color experts who are making their predictions for 2017 Color of the Year and it may make you ask that question. Which is really the color for 2017?Read More
What is the feeling that you get when you look at certain colors? If it's one you love, how do you take that color and use it in your home? This video is fun look at a powerhouse color. We want you to enjoy color and if you need help choosing the right one or applying it, let us know.
Colorfuel has been in business for almost four years now and I have decided to start a blog. It seems the best vehicle to share thoughts on color to a wider audience. Why now? I’ve hesitated up to this point in doing so because I wasn’t sure I had enough to say. Or rather anything to say that wasn’t already being said.Read More