Category Archives: Color

The importance of choosing the right color , and the physiological effect it can have on us. How chroma therapy can affect our mental and physical well-being.

From shou-sugi-ban to acetylated wood – a clean, green future in wood preservation

Since humans began using wood, the material has always been subject to more or less successful methods of wood preservation. Alexander the Great is said to have soaked wood used for bridge building in olive oil. The Romans brushed their … Continue reading

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Flowers, true blue – Judy, this one’s for you!

In response to my previous post on flowers in The Color of the Year, ‘Tangerine Tango’, my friend – the uber-talented fiber artist Judy Rush (check her stuff out at http://judyrush.com) – posted a comment regarding the real, “true blues” … Continue reading

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Tangerine Tango for a Garden Geek

Okay, so the color gurus at Pantone have declared a color they call ‘Tangerine Tango’ the color of the year for 2012. This is good news for me – I happen to be very fond of fiery, reddish orange colors! … Continue reading

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Purple for the people!

Every year when the fall bulb catalogs arrive, I look down my nose at the pictures of crocuses. This is entirely unprovoked on their part, as they have done nothing to deserve such disdain. Perhaps it is the jaded satiation … Continue reading

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If you want luminosity – paint with light!

Remember the color wheel? With primary, secondary, tertiary colors? The complementary colors are the ones that are located opposite of each other. The most basic complementary colors are red vs. green, orange vs. blue, and yellow vs. purple. If you … Continue reading

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Why So Many Colors?

The paint company Sherwin Williams have a program where they donate paint to beautify public schools. In 2006, Beach Elementary were the excited and grateful recipients of one of these donations. I set the colors, and volunteers from Hands-On Portland … Continue reading

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What Color Should It Be?

A friend of mine who is a realtor often gets asked by her clients what the latest color trends are. Good question, but in regards to architecture and interiors, it is pretty hard to answer in a satisfactory way. On … Continue reading

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