At the time of writing this blog post, the Hamilton area is under a severe weather alert. More specifically it’s a freezing rain warning. Could it BE any more February out there?!
After a few days of pleasant-ish temperatures, a light dusting of snow, and finally some sunshine, it just figures that Mother Nature might just have something a bit more serious in mind for us. And ah well, we can’t really complain, can we? This winter has been pretty easy to deal with so far. Perhaps we’re due for a shaking up!
At any rate, it remains to be seen whether or not this storm will amount to anything of note. Sometimes our position on the lake works in our favour, other times, well we all know how that can go. But that’s winter in southern Ontario, and we should truly be ready for anything.
And while it might be a tiny bit early to start thinking about spring…wait, who are we kidding? It’s never too early to start thinking about spring!
Have you noticed seed packets popping up in grocery stores? Potted bulbs like daffodils, hyacinths, and tulips are making the rounds as well,. Humans, even the ones who love winter and all the fun things that go along with that season, are hardwired to start thinking a season ahead, particularly when that season promises and end to the cold and dark, and the beginning of the growing and planting season. Maybe it’s in our DNA – farmers or hunter/gatherers, whatever we are descended from, there is no denying our excitement for spring.
To go along with the theme of spring, planting, and growing, Pantone released their pick for the colour of the year back in December, and it is a lovely one – Greenery!
Now, what exactly is the colour of the year, and why is it a thing, you might be asking. Well, this article from Forbes explains it nicely for us:
Every year since 2000, the company has chosen a color that reflects the current cultural climate. In the following year, the color has historically influenced trends in all facets of design—architecture, interior décor, fashion, food, travel—the list goes on.
Greenery signifies beginnings: a fresh New Year; healthier food resolutions and growing vegetarian trends; grass and the outdoors during spring and summer.
But most prominently, the yellow-green hue (specifically, Pantone 15-0343) comments on the concept of “environment.”
And, from the Pantone website itself:
A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.
Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.
Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world.
A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.
A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.
We can totally get behind this!
And, not only will we see this colour in home decorating – think paint colours and accent walls, furniture, etc. – but, like all the past colours of the year, it will also translate into fashion, makeup and accessories. Which we can also get behind! Greenery really is a fresh, vibrant colour for a fresh, vibrant season, and we can’t wait to see where it will pop up!
Enjoy the week, friends! Stay safe if the freezing rain that we’re expecting does materialize, and think lovely, warm, greenery thoughts for the rest of the month if you can!