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The importance of color in our lives

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For most of us, color plays a big part in our lives.

We see the sky change color with sunrises and sunsets. Flowers bloom around us in riotous colors. We follow the guide of stoplights, and interact with multiple screens and signs. We must record the color of our eyes and hair on forms. We display certain colors in support of schools, organizations, and teams, and our political affiliations are sorted out by color.

Anyone who has ever taken an art course learns about primary and tertiary and complementary and monochromatic colors and, even if we don’t know all the terms, our eyes tell us that some colors go together better than others, and we all have favorite colors, although we can’t necessarily explain why.

Several years ago, it was all the rage to find our color types, by season, and dress accordingly to look our best. For some of us, it was a disappointment to discover that the colors we prefer aren’t necessarily the ones we should be wearing.

We also know that the colors we surround ourselves with in our homes can influence how we feel. Some of us like to live amidst muted colors, or maybe even no color at all, just textures. Some of us like bright, bold walls and furnishings, and some prefer to retreat to dark, cave-like settings.

Colors, like most everything else, go in and out of style. For a while, we went through a rather dismal period of muddy purples and wines and greens, but recently, bright hues have made a comeback.

Pantone, the self-proclaimed global authority on color, has declared “Living Coral” the 2019 trend leader for both clothing and interior design. It’s a nice enough color, but I don’t think it is going to send me scurrying out to restock my wardrobe or repaint my walls.

But, if Pantone is to be believed, spring fashion will follow a fruity trend. In addition to oranges and apricots and peaches and tangerines, we can dress like lemons, limes, raspberries and cherries. What’s not to like about that?

Jean McCamy is a Wake Forest artist.