Back again – and it hasn’t been 2 months! Surprised? I am! It’s hard to get back into the swing of things, but one of the things I love best about blogging was what I learn in my research for posts. And this post has taught me plenty!
Part of the new structure for this blog are some regular features. This is one of them. Each month I will do a “Colour of the Month” post. And what better colour for March – GREEN! In my little corner of the world, March signals the end of winter, the return of warmer temperatures and the promise of spring flowers and lush green lawns.
And not to be ignored by any means, is the fact that March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day – a holiday that honours the colour Green!
And here is what I’ve learned about Green (with much thanks to Wikipedia) :
Green is not a primary colour, but created with a mixture of blue and yellow. Depending on which colour wheel you are looking at, the complement of green is magenta or red.
From a language perspective, green has it’s roots (pun intended) in the Old English verb growan, "to grow". The word green has been used as a slang term for many things; someone who is naive is considered “green”; money is often referred to as “green”; someone who “green around the gills” is probably not feeling very well; and “green” has taken on a very significant meaning in relation to the environment.
In nature, we are surrounded by green in plant life, thanks to the chemical chlorophyll that produces the green colour in plants. Green animals, reptiles, amphibians and birds appear green due to layers of green and blue colours.
Nature has also produced a couple of my favourite gemstones – emerald, which was the prominent stone in my engagement ring, and peridot which happens to be my birthstone.
Green eyes, which I happen to have, are the least common, and result from the combination of amber and blue colours in the iris.
The original source of green clothing, back in Elizabethan days, was lichen, a fungal plant (ewwww!)
So enough with the education … let’s see some green at home!
I love the use of green in this room – the wallpaper feels very bright and lively but is balanced nicely with the white headboard, bedding, chair and lamp. Very inviting!
Can’t you see this Robert Kaufman fabric as drapery in a fresh bright sunroom?
Are you a fan of green? If so, how have you used it in your home?