Green, Green, and More Green

Green, Green, and More Green |

The view from our deck.

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.

Green, Green, and More Green |

Little book of green

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.

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