When I was a girl, nothing thrilled me more than opening a new box of 64 count Crayola’s; their perfect points, the smell of wax wafting out of the box heavy in my little hands; then taking out each crayon and struggling to read its given name- like Sienna, a desert mountain brown or Maize, the color of tall grass in late October and my favorite of all, Periwinkle, a light purple you might catch a wisp of in the sky after a summer storm.
While neutral colors are always a safe bet, vivid and interesting colors are positive stimulants for us in our home and work environments. But even shades of grey become more romantic when we refer to them as Cool December or Fieldstone.
Throughout history, a single color can be given many different names. And the name gives a hint of the time in history this particular color was all the rage.
Anyone who grew up in the 1970’s is more likely then not to have cooked on a Harvest Gold range or had the latest side-by-side fridge in Avocado Green.
No consumer today, however, wants an Avocado appliance, but might be quite likely to order placemats in just that exact color called Lemongrass.
Sometime when I see a Periwinkle colored office chair, throw pillow or sky at dusk, I swear I can smell wax on my fingers, and I get the urge to peel back the wrapper from a crayon and draw a picture for my Mom.
I checked, there’s no Periwinkle in a 64 count of Crayola’s today, but there is a color that looks very much the same called Wisteria and if I were six-years-old right now that crayon would be the one in my box worn down to its nub.