I once read that there are more shades of green than any other color. Is it true? I don’t know, but it sure looks that way in North Carolina right now.
It’s just so green here! So when Margaret gave me a little green book, I was doubly inspired to dig out an old file of all things green. (Yes, I have color files with images, words and factoids I collected a few years ago. Does that make me a color nerd–or OCD?)
Now I have a good home for these things, including green eyes, green lipstick, yellow green crayon, Granny Smith apple, Piggly wiggly ad, and…well, you get the idea.
A few facts about green, for those who care about these things:
- The color of nature, associated with growth, youth, fertility, spring.
- In the middle of the color spectrum, linked to balance and harmony.
- Strikes the eye in a way that requires no adjustment.
- Affects the nervous system, causing us to breathe slowly and deeply, and slow production of stress hormones.
- Power to soothe and heal: patients with a view of a green garden recover faster than those who don’t. When London chsnged the color of Blackfriars Bridge from black to green, suicides off the bridge dropped by a third.
The good news is that green comes into style after troubled times (WWII, oil crisis of 70s). And Pantone’s color of the year for 2013? Emerald Green.