Choosing the Color Purple
Research shows that color can play a major role in our overall state of well-being and creativity. The colors we surround ourselves with on a daily basis influence the way we feel and relax.
Purple often makes me think of Spring as one of the first flowers to bloom is the purple Crocus, and its arrival signals the end of winter. It also makes me think of Prince with "Purple Rain".
The color purple is often called the ideal color, because it combines the warmest and coolest colors of red and blue. Colors with attributes from both the warm and cool colors can both calm and excite. Purple is said to be both uplifting and calming to our nerves and it also encourages creativity. It is thought that people who prefer purple often consider themselves unconventional or different from the common herd. It is by far, the favorite color of young to adolescent girls and places as 3rd favorite color overall, after blue and green.
"Lay it out in lavender"-- In landscape design, purple is considered a cool color. Its appearance and scent have a relaxed, calming effect. Purple plants visually recede in a garden, helping to make a small space feel larger. Purple has a special place in nature: lavender, orchid, lilac, and violet flowers are often delicate and considered precious. Lavender as a scent is said to be stress reducing and provides many aromatherapy benefits.
Purple has been traditionally associated with royalty in many cultures, especially by wearing purple robes. In ancient times, the color came from a dye extracted from a marine mollusk and was quite rare to obtain. "It took some 12,000 shellfish to extract 1.5 grams of the pure dye", according to Dr. Richard M. Podhajny, making purple a symbol of royalty because only the very wealthy could afford it. Other associations that come to mind: The Purple Heart. Purple Haze. Purple Rain. Harold and the Purple Crayon. What are you reminded of by the color purple?
At MightyNest, we have a good number of purple products. Some of my favorite purple gems are the following: