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Prediction for the New Year

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

As this year draws to a close, our final rainbow color, Violet, is reflected in December’s frosty view. The days grow shorter and daylight is precious. The long shadows on the snowy ground appear to cast a violet hue. Soft, tranquil, still.

 clock faceViolet, found on the lowest arc of the rainbow, is the color comprised of the shortest wavelengths of light that our eyes can see. Ultra-violet is the term for the wavelengths of light beyond our view.

Is it coincidence that the Color of the Year for 2014 announced this very month happens to be Radiant Orchid? You’re already seeing the hue in spring clothing and decorative home décor. This close cousin of Violet will grow in popularity, I predict.

Why? You see, Violet or Radiant Orchid, are colors associated with enlightenment. In Eastern belief, the Chakras, or power centers of the body are assigned a gradation of color, much like the rainbow. The highest color at the top of the head, Violet, is associated with the sixth sense.

The popularity of colors often reflects what is happening in the culture as well as the collective psyche of our planet. The color experts that predict the yearly colors and Pantone, the company that made the Radiant Orchid choice, have an uncanny way of knowing what we are or will be thinking about.

In the coming year I believe we are all ready for a more enlightened way of seeing our lives and responding to the needs of our planet. Uncommon Violet may be just what we need to see, to capture our attention and look at things in a new way.

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”   Mark Twain

It’s Official- the Color of the Year

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

It's official, the Color of the Year for 2013 is the top story of every media outlet; online, television, magazines and e-zines. But it wasn't always so.

Unless you were a color fanatic, as I confess to being, this yearly "news" was largely unnoticed by the masses. The color powers that be have dutifully made their proclamation every year for decades without much fanfare.

It wasn't until that certain favored hue started to appear everywhere in the stores did the buying public notice what looked like a trend. "Why is everything pink this year?" you may have wondered in 2011 as Honeysuckle was the color of that year.

That was just a year after we were awash in watery Turquoise for 2010, and bathed in the sunlight of Mimosa yellow in 2009. I'll bet you have at least one Tangerine Tango home accessory item or piece of clothing in this year's exuberant riot of color.

Rainbow colors all get a turn at notoriety eventually, and many hues in between. Even an odd neutral color, Sand Dollar, had the yearly honor in 2006.

Creating the Color of the Year adds to the excitement of color selection. (Told you I'm fanatical.) Proclaimed by the authority on color, Pantone is best known for their innovative system of identifying, matching and communicating colors that is used throughout the world. Through a numeric system, the same red or any other color can be reproduced with exactness.

So should we all survive to see 2013, enjoy the newest hue in the coming year. It's already turning up at stores near you.

Oh, in the off chance that you don't know yet, the 2013 Color of the Year is Emerald.

Dorothy was smitten by it. As you will be too.


"Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises."
Pedro Calderon de la Barca

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Mary Ellen Lapp reveals how the colors we wear, and the colors that surround us, even the color of the car we drive, impact out self image and affects how we are seen by the people around us.

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