Friday, January 27, 2012

Crafty Colors & Trends

Color is everywhere! Duh, right?  But did you know that the colors that you surround yourself with actually say a lot of you?  Who you are, your thoughts, your mood, your personality are affected by the colors around you.  It isn't something we really consciously think about but it is an important factor whenever a company sets out to sell you something.  For example, red is often used in restaurant decorating because red is an appetite stimulant.  It is also the most emotionally intense color.  Blue on the other hand actually releases calming chemicals within our bodies that help us be more creative and has been shown to make brainstorming more productive in company settings.  But places that want to sell you food won't use blue as readily because it is an appetite suppressant!  (I am so gonna paint my dining room blue!) The color yellow?  It is mentally stimulating (babies will cry more in yellow rooms than in rooms of other colors), activates memory and encourages communication!
What's your favorite color?  
Annually, a company named Pantone declares a particular color "Color of the Year".  Pantone Inc. is best known for its Pantone Matching System (PMS) which is used in a variety of industries.  The color is selected with the general cultural, intellectual, ethical, spiritual or political climate and mood associated with an era.  This year that color is Tangerine Tango.

Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness, "notice me" warmth of yellow, forming a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and positive energy!

Veranda Cotton Fabric - Sorbet A Stitch in Color Speckled Dots Cotton Fabric - Clementine A Stitch in Color Geometric Round Cotton Fabric - Clementine Flitter Flannel - Summer
These are just a few of the orange-y fabrics available at Beverly's.  Remember, not only can you get the most awesome fabrics available at Beverly's in Santa Maria, you can also get them online at  Only problem with that is that then we'd miss seeing you at the store. L 

Though Tangerine Tango has taken center stage there are other colors that brighten our lives.  Blue remains the most overall popular color (probably because of all of the good feelings it emits).  We have a few items that are in shades of blue that some of us at Beverly's in Santa Maria see as must-haves!
These trunks are awesome!  The larger of the three on the left would make a perfect coffee table!  Fill it with board games or warm blankets and you have a beautiful chest that's both functional and eye-catching!
I just love these boxes!  Again, a mix of functionality and beauty!

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge has become a huge trendsetter.   She has had quite on impact especially on hat and hair accessories markets. Feathers, beads, bracelets, headbands...she has helped make them all intensely popular among girls and women alike.  Feathers, beads and all the fixings to make your own head-turning accessories can be found at Beverly's in Santa Maria!

So, there you have it!  More way cool stuff to factor in when you feel a crafty mood coming on!  Hope you enjoyed this very informative blog post. I know I have. I've learned some very interesting things about color, feathers and trend-setters!  But now I'm thinking that I really need to paint everything around me blue!  Watch out comes a craftier and skinnier me! 

Now Go! Be Crafty!

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