Color of the Year Announcement

I’m officially WAY too excited about the Color of the Year announcement. It’s like the Grammys for designers. I wish they would televise it so we could see the drama that goes on when deciding the color.

You non-nerds are probably wondering “What the heck is the Color of the Year?” I’ll fill you in, hold your horses sheesh. But before we get into that we’ve gotta talk about Pantone. Isn’t that a fun word? Pantone.

Pantone, inc. is a corporation known for its Pantone Matching System (PMS)…not to be confused with human PMS which is a totally different story. These guys are the leaders in priority color space used in printing, manufacturing, fabrics, plastics, etc. Basically, they were the first ones to standardize colors. Which is genius, because this dramatically cut down the “PERRYWINKLE vs. EGGPLANT” fights. Who’d want to be in that battle? There’s still a little lingering confusion for guys…but you can’t win em’ all right?

how_men_and_women_see_colorsBut seriously, a standardized color system that’s universally accepted completely revolutionized the printing industry.

So, each year Pantone hosts a meeting to debate and select the color for the following year. Apparently the meetings are pretty intense. Calling representatives from various industries, color experts, and color standardization groups. They all gather to determine the winning color by searching the world for influence, including: film, art, travel destinations, pop-culture, technology, economy, textures etc. Here are a few of the past colors that have been selected.

Screen Shot 2013-02-06 at 3.02.23 PMSecondarily, the color choice is also connects to the Zeitgesit school of thought. Meaning, it’s the intellectual influence during a particular period of time. In other words, it’s a visual representation of the saying ‘Spirit of the time.’ How fascinating, right!? For example, 2012’s “Tangerine Tango” was paired with this statement “a spirited reddish orange, continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.” Making the color something you can relate to, as though it’s representing yourself and the world. Watch out, this blog just got philosophical.

This year’s color of the year is…. Emerald (PANTONE 17-5641) – Cue the confetti mortars!

Screen Shot 2013-02-06 at 3.16.37 PMThe fine people at Pantone define Emerald as,

“ a vivid verdant green, enhances our sense of well-being further by inspiring insight as well as promoting balance and harmony.”

Sums up the world we’re living in quite nicely doesn’t it? They go on to say,

“Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. Also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity, no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity. Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world.”

How can you argue with that? What a perfectly written summary describing this beautiful pigment. So, what can we expect this year? We’ll all be green with envy…because we’ll be seeing it everywhere. It’s already showing up in fashion, cars, interior design, retail and so much more. I can’t wait to incorporate this beautiful color into our home décor!

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Nothing Sounds More Official Than A “Plan B”

I mentioned in a previous post that I thought our first big purchase was our sofa, Biff. However, our first big purchase was actually our washer/dryer set. I can’t believe I forgot about them. I guess they just feel like part of the family already.  They are quite the pair I must say, they were made for us…and each other. The best part is that they sing when they are done. No more of that annoying horn; we are now serenaded by our finished laundry.

We were in quite a dilemma when we had to decide whether or not to keep our old set or to buy a new set. Then we stumbled upon this eye-catching, energy saving, duet. The choice was clear; we had to get new ones.

Our new house has the laundry closet in the kitchen that was being used as pantry / laundry facility. Um, gross! I’m a fan of utilizing space but who wants dust in their food?! So, we had big plans to make this space more sanitary and useable. Well, in typical home renovating fashion our master plan didn’t work out quite as we thought. *commercial break*

Plan A:  We wanted to divide the closet into two sections with a stackable washer/dryer set on one side and a pantry on the other. Sounds pretty simple right? Well, the guys came to deliver our set and guess what….the washer and dryer didn’t fit! They were too deep for the space and the folding doors wouldn’t shut. So, we removed the folding doors which gave us a few extra inches and let the washer dryer not stick way out into the room.  Good thing we bought an attractive washer and dryer set because they didn’t look too bad without a door. We were all ready to wash clothes and discovered that the power cord was literally 3 inches too short. So, I went in search of a 1 foot extension cable. Did you know that washer/dryer extension cords are illegal…yet you can still buy them? Apparently, if you an extension cable you are guilty of a fire code violation; you void the washer/dryer warrantee; and you void your home warranty insurance. WOW! Those extension cables are like smacking a bull on the nose while wearing a Santa suit…bad news.

Plan B: I saw this pin on Pinterest and my hopes and dreams for a useful laundry closet were restored. The best part of this image is that it is practical AND beautiful. So, using this image as inspiration we’re going to do something similar in our laundry closet. You can see the full plan for this room here.

Even though Plan A didn’t work out the way we originally thought we’re even more excited about Plan B. I think the new laundry space will make our chores a little more glamorous. And who doesn’t like that?!