Your interior color for the autumn


You are looking for new inspiration to change your interior this September, you want to freshen up your bedroom and living room, break the patterns of how you redecorate and try something bold? Then Black Flame or Black Indigo is just the right choice for you this season!

 

This color is particularly popular this year, although it takes a little courage and a stylish eye to adapt it to your living space. Black Flame is bringing a new atmosphere with it, a new sense of elegance and it is perfect for minimalist and modern lifestyle.

Darker shades are always interesting to play with when decorating your home. Black Flame could be the color for one wall in your room, or maybe only a pillar. It is especially elegant for your bathrooms, you can try it out on your tiles or even create a mosaic and break the monotony of the white surfaces.

 

 

Black Indigo is a color similar to dark blue and purple, but the shade is very dark and close to black. Kitchens are also looking very glamorous with this color, especially smooth glowing surfaces. Although, if you're not sure whether this is the color for you, you can always try it in few details, such as cushions or decorations on your table.

Black Flame is popular to combine with less saturated, neutral version of black - Black Magic, which was announced as PPG's Olympic color of the year 2018. These two, in contrast with white, cream and beige sofas or bed sheets, are a breathtaking combo for decisive and brave decor.

 

 

Various colors coming from interior spectrum of black are often coming across as cold or neutral, but what makes Black Flame stand out is the input of violet, which makes a statement for you, saying you are young, adventurist and that you care about every segment of your life as much as you care about your living space.

Purple, violet, blue and black are all very easy to combine with bright and warm colors of your apartment, which is what makes this particular shade perfect for this season. It is simple, perfect for wide surfaces as it does not drive the attention, and it gives you a big playground for the diversity of decorative details in every room of your home.

What is your color palette for this season's home revolution?
Post your fresh ideas in the comment section below.

 

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Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

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Colors and flags


When talking about colors and their meanings in different cultures, we should acknowledge the colorful representation of countries, which can tell us a lot about the history and the people. While having in mind everything we know about color psychology, let's take a look at a few interesting examples of what colors represent in flags.

 

 

Everyone is familiar with the look of the US flag - the thirteen stripes represent the thirteen founding states, and fifty stars current fifty states. The colors for this flag were taken from the British flag, and later on, the meaning was assigned to them such as courage, purity, and justice. It is interesting how in the Philippines flag blue is for peace, truth, and justice, while red is for patriotism; but originally these colors are meant to acknowledge the help of the US during the revolution.

For some countries, colors stand for a political system or revolution. At the flag of China, the color red represents the communist revolution, while the stars stand for communist party and the people. Just the same as China, the flag of Vietnam is red for communism, and the star represents the power of the people in Vietnam.

Something similar is happening in the flag of Bangladesh - the circle is for the sun, while it's color is red for the blood of the people who fought for independence. The green, on the other hand, stands out the beauty of nature in Bangladesh. Color green also appears in the Nigerian flag, to represent natural resources, while the white color stands for peace.

 

 

Some flags are storytelling. Egyptian flag begins their story with British occupation (red), followed up with bloodless revolution (white), and ending with Egypt being independent (black). The color blue in the flag of Congo is telling us about peace while there is this red strap over the flag to respect the rebellion which led them to peace.

In some multicultural countries, colors symbolize a variety of religions which citizens respect. In Pakistan for example, green is for the Islamic population and white represents the minorities. Also in India, green is for the Muslims, and Safran color represents Hindu population.

There are also some examples of philosophy expressed through colors in the flag, like in Indonesia. The color red in the Indonesian flag stands for courage, but also the human body, and the white for purity and the human soul, which then means that combined they make a whole person.

 

 

It is amazing how we use colors to express respect for great events in national history, as well as to express ideology. This colorful marks for national identity are a part of human behavior since the tribes, and it is another great visual implication for everything we have in common, as well as how beautifully diverse we all are.

 

What do you think about the colors of the flag? Do you know any other flag color meanings?  Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

 

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Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

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Color theory 101


We, the Colorlovers, know best that color plays a vital role in everyday life. It communicates between us all the time, with no need for words or sounds. Color makes us notice some things more than others, and helps us differentiate important from irrelevant. Colors have also the ability to evoke emotions and make us feel good while wearing our fashion choice.

 

 

While talking about how certain colors work awesome together, in some of our previous articles, we were mentioning the color theory. What color theory explains is why some colors work well together, and some never will. This is very handy to know, whether you are a designer, redecorating your home or simply making everyday clothing combination. How does it work?

 

We learn about primary and secondary colors very early in school. Mixing primary colors (red, yellow and blue), we get secondary shades (orange, green and purple). Furthermore, mixing every shade next to one another we get the color wheel of gradient between basic colors. While exploring mixing colors, it's important to consider hue (the color), saturation (intensity of the color, from subtle to vibrant), and value (how bright/dark the color is, moving from white to black).

 

 

So how do we achieve color harmony, using ranges of hue, saturation and value?

 

The easiest style for harmonic palette is monochromatic, using only one color from the color wheel, and creating variations by using saturation and value. Monochromatic color palettes are 100% secure to work well, they always match.

 

An analogous color palette uses the colors which are next to each other in the color wheel, such as from blue to green. Playing with these you can get a variety of well mixed colors for your design.

 

Another style for mixing colors is complementary, using colors opposite from one another in the color wheel, such as blue and orange. To create interesting and refreshing palette, we again use lighter or darker shades of colors, and a different intensity.

 

 

Split complementary scheme uses the colors on either side of the complementary color, which uses the same contrast, except we have more colors to play with.

 

Triadic way of choosing color is to choose ones which are equally spaced on the color wheel. These color combinations are visually very effective and are to be used with caution ?

 

Tetradic color mixing is using four colors from the wheel, although the palette looks best if one color dominates, and others are used for details and as refreshment.

 

Other important thing to bare in mind when mixing colors is that there aren't two vibrant shades next to each other, colors used need to be easy for the eyes of the viewer. Keep browsing Colorlovers to find inspiration and palettes from our members and contributors!

 

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Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

 

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Colors meanings in anime


Anime is a Japanese film and series animation style, characterized by colorful graphic characters and fantasy or sci-fi themes, intended for children as well as adults. As a product of Japanese culture, anime has an intentional visual language, where every element has its meaning; it symbolizes something mystical or psychological.

 

 

When we are talking about anime, we are picturing characters with various hair colors and styles, so we were wondering if there is more into it as with other cartoons, if these characters represent something specific in Japanese culture.

It turns out that character's hair color is supposed to indicate a personality of the person and the role that it has in the series. For example, pink hair has been used for a very few childish characters, until the audience started to empathize with these characters, which made pink very popular anime hair color. It is still used for playful, innocent and silly female characters.

 

 

Blue hair color fits anime characters which are wise, intelligent and introverted, while green is used for active, exciting and wiggling feminine characters. Although, darker shades of green are still more typical of characters like blue-haired. Red-haired characters are typically the leaders, the loud ones and even rude to some extent. It reminds us of every silly stupid "speaking-without-being-asked" character we've seen.

Yellow hair is reserved for the most important female character in anime - most lead anime girls are blonde. Brown stands for the friendly, understanding, kind and everyday type of character. These are characters we often meet in the anime world. They are important to the series, but not the main guy. Often the guy's best friend or a love-interest of the main female character.

Black hair is used for most of the characters, as it is typical Japanese hair color. The brighter color is used to describe the character, the more down-to-earth he is, enlightened if you will. Darker colors are more "in the moment" kind of guys. Extremely bright colors, as well as white, can navigate towards more magical and exotic beings.

 

 

Seeing how these patterns of using color in art and media are reoccurring in Japanese culture of anime films, and comparing the color meanings to previously explored color psychology, we can see many overlaps. Green will always be goofy, blue trustworthy and red flammable, but Japanese wouldn't be Japanese if they didn't add a special spice of magic and surrealism in their color palette :)

 

About the author

Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

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Blue is the warmest color, yet the most difficult to find


Blue is, besides green, the most frequent color we see in daily life. It is the color we see when we look at the sky and sea, yet it is still very difficult to find in nature. There are very few things in nature that are actually blue.

 

Science is telling us that what we see as the sky is light coming through layers of the atmosphere, and even though we perceive it as blue, it has no actual color pigment. Sea, on the other hand, is often seen as blue, and this happens because of the reflecting nature of the water - and what water reflects the most is the sky.

 

 

The tendency for blue to appear in animal pigment is super rare. Plants can produce blue pigment because of anthocyanins, while animals usually do not have chemical compounds to color them blue. The phenomena of some animals being blue comes from some structural effects such as selective reflection - which doesn't make them have blue pigment, only that we are able to see them as blue.

 

For example, blue jay, a bird which produces so much melanin that it should be black, yet because the air sacks among it's feathers captures light, the bird looks blue to the human eye. Even though these species are super rare, there are a few examples of blue in animals such as moon jellyfish, blue butterfly, peacock and blue eyed cats.

 

 

Among human beings, blue eyes are much more rare than brown, which makes them popular. Although, here it is also the case that there is no blue pigment, only melanin which determines the color of the iris depending on the amount of it's presence. Also, it is interesting that humans can be born with blue eyes and then while they're growing up and producing more melanin, this color changes throughout lifetime.

 

Melanin is produced in the iris to protect the eye from UV radiation and high-energy light. This is why, however beautiful, blue eyes are much more sensitive to daily light than any other eyes.

 

 

Blue is one of the primary colors, so we cannot create it by mixing other colors. Blue pigments are made from minerals, which are crushed and ground into powder and then turned to paint. Even though it doesn't naturally appear as a pigment in living creatures, it still is one of the most popular colors in visual art, fashion, interior design and it awakes inspiration among us every day.

 

About the author

Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

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A contrast worth billions


In our previous blog post, we were talking about the importance of using certain colors, color theory and color psychology, as well as why some color combinations are more pleasant to the eye. Today, we will explore one of recent history's most famous example of how colors are used to communicate within an art piece.

 

A painting we are referring to is, of course, Mark Rothko's "Untitled (Yellow and Blue)", a piece of art which value reached $46.5 million at Sotheby's auction in New York. Painted in 1954, this art piece is called "unequivocal masterpiece" by Sotheby auction house.

 


“Untitled, (Yellow and Blue)”, by Mark Rothko as found on http://news.bitofnews.com/rothko-painting-yellow-and-blue-sold-for-46-5-million/

 

Significance of the work of Mark Rothko is his astonishing understanding of colors, beauty of the contrasts he used, as well as gradient of colors in his paintings. "Yellow and Blue" is particularly interesting for us, as it is a perfect example of the effect a good color complement achieves in the eye of the viewer, and remember the previous article - Marge Simpson and Joy (Inside Out) - their skin colors with the colors of their hair balances their characters and gives them visual personality.

 

Through oil paint on canvas, one could say Mark was speaking about his philosophy and psychology of his method. So, for "Yellow and Blue", we can now picture a character that he would describe, a personality. Given how yellow is the dominant, energetic color, blue is contributing to the painting by balancing it out, but not taking over anything that yellow was meant to tell us.

 

An example of gradient he used in his work - his "Orange, red, yellow" - has been sold for $86.9 million, which was the highest price ever for a piece for contemporary art. This piece, painted in 1961, shows the artists deep understanding of color meanings. Looking at the composition of the work, you can feel variety of emotions, just as you do when you look at the setting sun, which shades exactly he used for this piece of art.

 


Rothko's "Orange, red, yellow" as found on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Orange,_Red,_Yellow.jpg

 

This famous and very expensive contemporary artist ended his life in 1970. His work has been auctioned and sold for billions of dollars years after his death. He is now labeled as one of the most successful artist of the 20th century, and maybe one of the artists who explained best the color philosophy. His communication is purely explained through colors, shapes are there to support the expression of shades and they are not interfering with the whole composition. A true color lover, we could say.

 

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Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

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Why are the Simpsons yellow?


As a child, I thought that our favorite characters, the population of Springfield, were chosen to be yellow to imitate the skin color for some reason. But seeing how quite many cartoon characters such as Sponge Bob, Pikatchu, Vinnie the Pooh, Tweety and even the screen Minions are chosen to be yellow as well, it got me thinking what is this really all about.

 

Why are they all yellow?

 

Vinnie the Pooh, for example, was created after a real bear, in combination with an actual yellow teddy, so he as a character had a color chosen for himself. Minions are yellow because they reminded the creators of the kinder egg toy keeper.

 

But, what about the others? The color theory says that yellow is instantly recognizable color, the one which draws most attention. The creators of animated films have been using this color throughout cartoon history, either for the main characters, or for something in their direct surroundings.

Yellow is one of the primary colors, in company of blue and red. But the model important for our animations is RGB model - red, green, blue. Yellow is now complementary to blue, which means that when we combine blue to yellow on screen, we get pleasant visuals. Sponge Bob's background, having him be in the sea, matches his own color perfectly.

 

Getting back to the Simpsons, these yellow characters are put in a very colorful surroundings, the palette of the whole show is in fact very rich. Color pink is used a lot, even their house is pink, since in the original primary colors palette it matches yellow, but the color blue is also used for outdoor scenes and this goes great with yellow in the RGB model. The contrast of colors is an important tool in animation.

 

Originally, when The Simpsons were created, the designer chose to color them yellow, to make them instantly recognizable and different from other TV content on the screen. Why is yellow so instantly recognizable? Science says that yellow is the most visible color on the spectrum, it is used to drag attention efficiently, like the color of pollen or a taxi :)

 

Color psychology considers yellow a happy, goofy, warm, optimistic color. Taking a look at the Inside Out characters, Joy combines the most pleasant colors, but also in combination with blue hair.

 

Yellow is a good color, but keep in mind that it works best when you combine it right.

 

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Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

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6 Tips For Matching Wall Colors With Your Home Furniture


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Walls occupy the largest chunk of a house. At any given moment, walls are always visible and present to give a house its character. Wall decoration is thus pivotal for achieving the desired mood within the house. Matching the right walls colors with furniture is an art that is central to home decor. Depending on the colors and patterns you choose, wall decor can:

  • Give the room a desired ambiance
  • Remove monotony and blandness in the house
  • Exhibit a unique artistic character

 

Selecting the Right Fabric

Furniture upholstery is crucial when decorating the house. The right fabric can determine how elegant the house looks. Upholstery fabric should generally be selected with consideration of practicality and functionality. For instance, you do not want to go for silk or velvet choices if you have kids and pets in the house. Strong fabric that is durable would be appropriate instead.

It is important to know that matching colors with your furniture is essential in achieving the various home decor effects. Here are some key tips for matching wall colors with home furniture.

Gray

Gray is a solid choice for walls and home decor as it is very receptive to art and decoration. This color exudes indifference and neutrality. Decorating gray walls is quite easy as the bland effect it has acts like a canvas. You can thus use almost any fabric and furniture with gray without giving the room an odd look.

Blue

 

There are many shades of blue and they all give an effect of relaxation. Blue walls are best used in the living room where there are gatherings most of the time. When it comes to decorating blue walls, furniture that has green, mustard, pink, and other vibrant colors is the best.

Pink

Pink is known as a very vibrant and affectionate color. The color has a generally calming effect and it is delightful to look at. Pink walls are perfect in the bedroom but they can also be just fine in the living room. White, gold, or powder rose furniture blends perfectly with pink walls.

 

Green

Green is found all over nature. The color is relaxing, refreshing, and it is the perfect choice for expressing composure and serenity. The color is thus great for the living room, study and even bedroom. Green walls are perfect when they are accessorized with pink, red, blue, white, off-white, or gold furniture.

Orange

Even though orange is pretty uncommon in houses, this color is a very artistic alternative. Orange is the color of sunshine and thus gives a mood of heat and aggressiveness. Orange walls are excellent in the kitchen. Furniture that comes in teal, brown, turquoise, green or white is perfect for complementing orange walls.

Red

Red is a color that expresses passion and energy. You can generally expect the color to elevate the state of any emotion. This color is thus quite tough to accessorize but furniture that is either white, pink, green, gold and a few other bright colors is perfect for complementing red walls.

In summary, the above tips will work for any house. It is however important to note that the different color shades have varying effects. When decorating the house with fabric, it is important to consider allocating enough time for research in order to pick the best colors that work for you.

 

 

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Colors and brand personality


The effect that each color has on us depends mostly on personal experience and association an individual has about the color. We already know that colors symbolize different abstracts from culture to culture, but on top of that, there is a personal psychological level which is a non reliable factor when we're choosing the brand color.

When we're thinking about branding, there is so much to consider depending on the product we're designing the brand for. True, a lot depends on the visual aspects of a brand, but we shouldn't forget everything else in order to make a harmonic holistic approach to the brand personality. Things such as the certain smell we use for the shop, texture, patterns, customer service, music. So besides what the color represents, we should think about whether it fits what we sell and does it match everything else in the brand?

 

The role color holds in the brand identity is to make it easily recognizable, which is of great importance to the consumerist brain. Another thing to consider is which colors our biggest competitors use and how can we help the customers make an easy differentiation between the companies. Although, this is not always the right way to go when creating a brand. For example, both Twitter and Facebook use the color blue, and they are both social networks. The reason behind the color they chose is in fact very practical - since using these platforms requires spending time looking at the screen, they chose the color which is most comfortable to the eye so their users can spend more time on the network.

To think like successful brands, we need to think about our consumers, and not about the colors themselves. First we need to know what kind of emotions we want our customers to feel when using our product or service. What do we provide for them? Comfort, pleasure, confidence, excitement?

 

There are five dimensions of brand personality: blue for honest, welcoming, sentimental and friendly feeling; red for exciting, bold, creative and independent; green for reliable, successful, confident and smart; purple for elite, feminine, pretty and sophisticated; yellow for tough, outgoing, strong.

 

What do you want your customers to feel when they buy what you sell? Find the dominant emotion and focus your brand around it - think about practical factors and how to match every aspect of the brand with the color you choose.

 

About the author

Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

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Red - the color of love and death


From the earliest cultures, colors have had their symbolic meaning. What they represented and the way they were used in cultural ceremonies varies from culture to culture, and was changed throughout history. Mystic meaning of colors often originates from religious, spiritual, social and historical events.

Red is the color human eye sees in the setting sun, fire, blood, sweet fruit, and it is also the color of human heart - which was treated differently in cultures which practiced human sacrifice.

 

The color red is known to be the color of love and passion in Europe and North and South America. Red is the color we use to celebrate Valentine’s Day, color of roses, candles, balloons we express our deepest feelings with.

 

Meanwhile in Asia and Africa, different cultures use the same color to express a variety of symbols. If we take a look at India - in Indian culture red represents various things: fear, wealth, purity, love, marriage, beauty. If a women is wearing red henna on their hands and indoor, they are telling us they are married.

Nearby, In China, red represents luck and fertility. During the celebration of Chinese New Year, they distribute small red envelopes to share good fortune. Women also wear red during their wedding day, as they connect it with fertility.

 

People of Thailand see red as the color of Surya, the sun god. In Thailand, every day is represented by color, and red is their color for Sunday.

 

Orthodox Church, for example, uses the color red to mark certain dates in the calendar, which are reserved for celebration of an important saint, and on that day, out of respect, people are not meant to perform chores in the house.

In some African cultures, red stands for death and grief. In Nigeria and South Africa, it symbolizes violence and sacrifice. Red on the flag of South Africa shows the violence during the fight for their freedom.

 

Now we see that some cultures particularly use red to mark the days for resting, praying, showing respect for the spiritual forces, while others, with more violent history, connect red with blood and rebellion.

Either way, red is the color that we'll always connect with something powerful and strong, the color which tells us to pay attention, be precocious and stop at the traffic sign.

 

About the author

Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

 

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