All posts by deborah_hernandez

Adjunct Assistant Professor Textile Surface Design, Art Director Patterson Flynn Martin a Division of F. Schumacher & Co., Specialize in Carpet Design and Surface Fiber Application, Color Specialist, FIT ALUMNI

On Greenery

The subject of green is all around us and summers overgrown foliage is a reminder.  I think the news should offer a daily update on green each day.  A bit of verbiage on how green evolves beautifully and lovingly along with our weather, coast to coast, sea to shining sea  would evoke a smile from me every morning.  I would surely turn the news on anxious for the update.

As summer days wind down and I get a bit melancholy I close my eyes and take in the smell of the hue known as green.  The lush fresh smell of plant life fills my senses on the days where humidity is dominant just after a cooling rain.   Oh the smell of lawn just cut, that to me is summer and in my mind’s eye its green. I find this so comforting in a time of uncertainty. This familiar color with all its attributes truly grounds me.  I stop to wonder why a bit more deeply as August roots itself and September whispers “I’m coming”.

With a focus on Pantone’s Greenery to start conversation I invite you to think of all the good things that exist and revive us year after year no matter what the headlines say.   I remind you look around, open your eyes to the diversity of green and it’s acceptance in our  urban environment,  rural landscapes and beach style land fronts.   Revel  in the open-mindedness of where it lands in our deep forest floors glowing and bright or our hot roof top garden planters puffed up in bluer shades of succulents laced with traces of red and orange and reflect on its resilience.  It always comes back, its brave and its timeless. It keeps showing up, even though like Kermit the Frog would say, “it’s not easy being green”.  I admire green.   Fact is that this color represents hope and change.

When the weather is magnificent with roaring skies and bursts of lighting and wicked winds blow our precious gardens and fences  all around accompanied by bashing high tides…..just a bit of time and the green glows again.   Spring sings it open with the first buds of future leaves on trees and new grasses peaking through the lawns dull landscape. Summer embraces it and it thrives in a steroid infused like fashion simply because of moisture and heat. I invite you to gaze over the green apples at your market with a new perspective, stare deeply into the shapes and colors of  squashes and brush your hand upon the herbs in your garden noticing all the amazing shades this wondrous hue holds.  Remember green is morphing as time rolls to survive.  It keeps its promises and reminds us that a new season is upon us and it will emerge again and again.

The color Greenery by Pantone  is a cheery one though considering green’s vast possibilities.  This happy and cheerful color is sure to lighten your mood and so I think everyone should own something in this hue or one of the varieties taking it into winter, spring to follow and pairing once again into summer too.  Green teaches us about perseverance and working things out. Just look how it works with all the colors on your farmers market stand.  It glows proudly with the purples of radishes and beets, it stands sportively with the yellow hues and it freely waves its leafy hands on all our delicious root veggies.  Don’t hide from it, let it shine and keep believing in its power to come back each year a little tweaked perhaps but always strong and grounded.   Green is honest. Green is good.  Green is loyal.

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On Blue

Blue is becoming my favorite color lately. It has amazing ranges and is clearly represented in home fashions to apparel and accessories this season fall 2016. It’s not new and it’s not a surprise. It hung around last season too and through the summer it shined. I think its appeal lies in its versatility. Maybe it’s the reputation for loyalty, something that resonates ”hope” in many of us during this political fiery climate. Maybe it’s the peaceful tranquility we can draw upon as it takes us from the oceans view to the skies limits. Forecasters everywhere cite blue is here to stay.

COLOR HOUSE WOOL 06 is a tweak on the classic navy as they say and it pairs beautifully with smoky neutrals or clean whites whether warm or cool.

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Benjamin Moore holds true to blue in many shades and nuances. I love Lucerne Blue through their Affinity line for its touch of green yet calm anchoring capability. While bold it’s oddly calming. Even if a
large wall holds it, rest assure in the background it will stay. It pairs well with any white as tribute to the color of the year and partners nicely with gray in any tint or shade but. I love its ability to play neutral and support vibrant pops like in this room.

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With hints of green to cast a teal or hidden red to read a bit more towards purple or periwinkle, blue is fascinating this season and on through winter.

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Colors like Adriatic Sea CSP-660 create a rich saturated hue with a
hint of freshness. Pantone sees it clearly in the hue they call Riverside with its denim appeal that reads right in every instance. Lush velvets evoke a sense of casual comfort in this powered yet rich blue, watch for it through summer 2017 in home décor, apparel and more.

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Gale Force by Sherwin Williams and Marea Baja part of their cornflower hues are lovely blue colors that are grounded with earthy appeal. A hint of green peaking through both; they share a moody somewhat emotional vibe that anchors color to neutral.

Sherwin-Williams Marea Bajapicture4 picture5Zuhair Murad’s gorgeous blue Baroque inspired dress in this rich regal blue is a mix of Bohemian Rhapsody coupled with a funky fedora creating this drama along with a satin damask.

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Nike shouts blue in the air max moiré style sneakers for a bold retreat for quick feet.

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From Paul Smiths chic one button ladies blazer to his leather wing tips which exist even for ladies a variety of blue hues come to life. Bring your inner mermaid to life with curious blends that feel esoterically playful. Wigs or real locks, hair color hues are a trend that blue is taking over.

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I like blue for all it stands for and notice it safely and reassuringly showing up in our apparel and home furnishings for some time now. A color that stays fresh but not too overwhelming plays an accent or tosses in some drama, l I say take a chance and go blue. Could it be a better option than basic black? Perhaps it’s true. I know I am enjoying what this color brings to the table.

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