At this time of year I crave change. Another snowstorm is one too many. The thick, white blanket enveloping the landscape gets old quickly. In the dreary days of February I need something to brighten my outlook. And I am not alone.
Change is in the air—from the White House to our house. Lately I have noticed that color seems to be the newest catalyst of change. Michelle Obama's Inauguration dress, a lemongrass-colored confection by Isabel Toledo, was stunning, but the green J.Crew gloves made the outfit—and the news. Oscar de la Renta leans toward yellow with his ochre high-waisted pants, which he pairs with a delightful surprise: a teal blouse. And from the runway comes inspiration for delicious colors in every category of home products. Here's what the well-dressed house could be wearing this spring: plum-colored kitchen cabinets from St. Charles, a living room decked in Highland Court's newest fabric collection in tangerine and an apple-green vacuum cleaner to keep it looking tidy. Now that's a jolt!
This winter, the parade of bold colors started with purple. I followed suit, but added red accessories. And while I eschew the 1970s yellow reminiscent of those smiley faces, I've been opting, instead, for a sumptuous butter, perfect in belts and bags. It took me a while to feel comfortable toting that hue, but soon I noticed that others, far more daring than I, were choosing a pale pink. Colors that were once thought of as informal, such as turquoise, now look at home in the most elegant of settings. And let's hope those armies of beige rooms get an infusion with bold-toned accessories.
I, for one, am happy with this new rainbow craze. While the economy has us all scrambling to make sense of things, we need something fresh and exciting that doesn't require a huge commitment. For me, color is the new stimulus package.
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