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color inspiration :: april {green}


Green is the color of nature, fertility, life. it symbolizes self-respect, freshness, fertility and well being, and is the color of balance. Green also means learning, growth and harmony. In heraldry, green indicates growth and hope. It is the master healer and the life force.

Green is the color of nature and has a strong emotional correspondence with safety. Dark green is also commonly associated with money. It is often favored by well balanced people. It’s the most restful color for the human eye. Green suggests stability and endurance. Sometimes green denotes lack of experience; for example, a ‘greenhorn’ is a novice.

Green Energy:

Green contains the powerful energies of nature, growth, desire to expand or increase. Balance and a sense of order are found in the color green. Change and transformation is necessary for growth, and so this ability to sustain changes is also a part of the energy of green.

green’s element is, Wood which is associated with renewal and new beginnings.

Inspired ideas for green:

* plant something, indoors or out
* lay down in the grass and daydream, meditate
* wear a piece of wooden jewelery
* grow fresh herbs in your kitchen
* eat lots of leafy greens (salads, juice,fresh veggies on the grill)
* add a pretty plant to your living area
* paint on a wood panel for a change
* gaze at the blossoming spring leaves
* wear jade, aquamarine, peridot, turquoise, emerald
* create on bark… draw, write, make little scrolls
* go for long photo-walks in the woods
* think sustainability, hope, and growth as prompts for creative living




color inspiration {february} :: red


Red is hot, the color of fire and blood. It’s a strong color that conjures up a range of seemingly conflicting emotions from desire to violence and warfare, Cupid and the Devil.  It associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love.

Red is a very emotionally intense color and invokes strong feelings.   It has very high visibility, which is why stop signs, stoplights, and fire equipment are usually painted red. In historic representation, red is used to indicate courage.

A stimulant, red is the hottest of the warm colors. It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure. Studies show an actual physical effect, increasing the rate of respiration and raising blood pressure. The expression seeing red indicates anger and may stem not only from the stimulus of the color but from the natural flush (redness) of the cheeks, a physical reaction to anger or physical exertion. Red is power, hence the red power tie for business people and the red carpet for celebrities and VIPs (very important people).

Flashing red lights denote danger or emergency. Stop signs and stop lights are red to get the drivers’ attention and alert them to the dangers of the intersection.

In some cultures, red denotes purity, joy, and celebration. Red is the color of happiness and prosperity in China and may be used to attract good luck.

Red’s element is, Fire.

Ideas for Using Red:

  • Use the color red to grab attention and to get people to take action.
  • A red inspiration journal to ignite your passionate ideas.
  • Wear red when your feeling bold and don’t want to sink into the background.
  • Use red to suggest speed combined with confidence and perhaps even a dash of danger.
  • A little bit of red goes a long way… a red accessory, bright red toenails, red glittery earrings, etc.
  • Multiple shades of red and even pink or orange can combine for a cheerful palette.
  • Add red flowers to a room to suggest passion and sensuality
  • Add a splash of red in your visual marketing.
  • Sprinkle on some red for good luck.


color inspiration :: january {white}


White is purity, a fresh start, an open expanse, endless possibilities, and a blank page or a clean canvas – everything we associate with a new year and a new beginning.  white is often also thought of as cleanliness, so if you are thinking about clearing and cleansing out your physical space, your body or your mental clutter, channeling white is wonderful.

White is also the first chakra right above your head and it represents purity and balance. It contains all the colors and is sometimes referred to as ‘the many colored lotus’. white is aligned with the moon and is connected to sleep (or insomnia), and dreams.  too much white and you could be left feeling cold, drained, and empty.

White’s element is Air

here are a few ideas inspired by this month’s color, White:

* buy a new journal, fresh pages for a fresh start
* light white candles that invite in the ambiance of space
* create an inspiring “white” pin board (on pinterest) choosing images you love
* dress in white in something that makes you feel pretty
* try a gentle food cleanse
* take long bubble baths
* sit in lotus for a few cleansing breaths of quiet meditation
* bring more light into your days during these darker months
* dress your bed in white linens
* try white tea for a less caffeinated and more delicate sip
* wear moonstone or pearl
* de-clutter your office or workspace
* write freestyle for a few pages each day to keep your mind clear

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