Creating a palette with green should begin with imagining your favorite places on nature and envisioning where you would like to have that same feeling in your home.
Green is rejuvenating and restorative. While green is a cool color, it is still feels very alive 💚...
Did you know, the first recognition orange color got in 1512 in China. Before that orange had to fight for an identity. Before sixteen century, it was simply referred to as yellow-red.
For a decade orange dye was made out of the world’s most expensive spice, Saffron. Trading between $2,000 and $10,000 a pond today.
The reason for the hefty price tag stems from its fickle cultivation. Saffron threads come from the stamens of the Crocus sativus, a violet-colored flower that blooms for just one week each year. Each flower produces about three stamens, which must be picked delicately by hand and carefully dried. It takes thousands of flowers to produce a single pound of saffron. Though much too expensive to be used as a dye, you might recognize saffron from the Buddhist robes that copy its color.
It’s all got changed in 1797, when the French scientist Louis Vanquelin discovered the mineral crocoite, witch led to invention of the synthetic pigment chrome orange. That orange become popular for artists.
Orange is a great color to use at home because it layers so easily with neutrals and acts as a bridge to other colors.
When you think of the color orange in nature, what do you remember?...
The Aztecs were the first people to create red dye by harvesting cochineal, a tiny gray insect that, surprisingly, creates a bright res color when squashed. They dried and crushed the bugs into fine powder and created a rich and lasting red. The Aztecs relished their red and adorned their rulers in it until the Spanish arrived, then conquered the people and quickly exported the due to Europe. For the next two hundred years, the Spanish enjoyed a monopoly on the production of red dye and build an empire on the color.
Nevertheless, the original cochineal prevailed and is still used today in everything from lipstick to jams to maraschino cherries to M&Ms, disguised as the ingredient E120. So, the next time you eat something with red dye, be sure to thank the Aztecs, the Spanish, and the tiny gray bugs that made it all possible. ❤️
Now question for you, with which rooms in the house would you associate this color?...