December 23rd, 2008
Today I thought I’d share some thoughts on the colors of the sun. I think Henry Ward Beecher had it right… “The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world's joy.” And joyous it is; we love the look and feel of sunlight. How our spirits are lifted in the morning when dawn decorates the sky to celebrate the new day. It starts with the transition of the black night sky to beautiful dark cool blues, followed shortly thereafter by deep red and orange lines, and culminated with the majestic display of pink and purple hues. Finally, the morning sky is punctuated by the golden glow of sunrise. This wonderful natural palette is repeated at the end of the day when the beautiful orange-red and yellows of sunset turn into the dreamy purple-blue tones of twilight.Displaying the magical colors of the sun is gentle to the eye and yet so striking, especially in rooms without sunlight; pictures and drawings of the sun are wonderful reminders of its heat, glow, and brilliance. It’s not surprising that the color trends which are popular for interior design involve a lot of soft natural colors such as sage greens, pale mauves, and bluish mists. These peaceful colors of nature elicit feelings of relaxation in both living and work spaces.
The French artist Robert Delaunay captured this sentiment well when he said, “Direct observation of the luminous essence of nature is for me indispensable.”