Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Color Schemes, Some Old, Some New for 2017

Features Writer for Niche Publications of the Billings Gazette
Eat better. Work out. Go to bed sooner. Spend more time with friends and family. What New Year’s resolutions have you chosen that have anything to do with your home? Most likely all of them.
You can’t sit down and relax to enjoy a meal if your kitchen and dining areas aren’t providing the right ambiance. Neither can you sleep soundly in a drab bedroom. And forget about hosting if your house is in disarray.
Local interior decorators and business owners Stephanie Booth of Gallery Interiors and Connie Rice of Decorating Den Interiors are resolved to transition your home into 2017 with these helpful tricks:

Accentuate with accents

From accent walls to an asymmetrical pillow arrangement, there’s one odd-colored piece that can stand out beautifully in a room. Perhaps old favorites like velvet furniture or wallpaper could serve as your “one.” Booth says wallpaper is back – but just for one wall of a room. And homeowners aren’t buying bedroom sets anymore. Instead, they’re opting for mismatched furniture, said Booth. In that case, a dresser could be your accent piece.
According to Rice, accents add personality.
“A few places to add personality are in your lighting, unique seating, window treatments to enhance your view or warm up the room, accessories and area rugs to add color and texture,” she said. “Special details like nail-heads on your upholstered pieces, special fringe or embellishments on pillows, a colorful accent chair and color and texture in area rugs will make your castle comfortable.”

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Hair Color Craze 2017

Remember how exciting it was if you dyed your hair pink or lavender or rose-gold for the first time? ​Everyone oohed and aahed at your perfectly tinted ombre, and  admired your quirky taste and sense of daring.

Then, everyone else started to show up with their own version of pastel hair. And before you knew it, you felt less like Kelly Osbourne and more like My Little Pony. But fear not. If you're not quite ready to go back to your roots, Mirza Batanovic, Style Director at EuforaInternational, a salon brand of color, predicts this year's hair will be brighter and bolder than ever.

“Bright-colored hair is something fresh,” Mirza says. It’s also widely accepted—even in a corporate environment. “Seeing someone walking down the street with purple hair is becoming more mainstream. Women who work in many different industries aren't as afraid to try something so different and vibrant,” she points out. So, what color should you attempt this year?
Jay Kownacki, Evo Hair’s Education Manager, says: "With green being named Pantone's color of the year for 2017, we foresee a lot of fun green hues being adopted—everything from dip-dye pastel green ends, to a beautiful all-over emerald. Experimenting with hair color allows people to be creative and expressive in a very overt and fun way."

Wait, green? Isn’t that really hard to keep up? Mirza says: “once the excitement of these colors fades and the reality of maintaining these shades sets in, we will see more peek-a-boo versions rather than all-over color. Right now the trend is in its peak, so all-over colors are big. But, clever placement can last longer without touch-ups. So I do think this will end up being the longer-lasting version of the trend.”
If you’re worried that funky color's just for kids, consider this: last year, Dame Helen Mirren sported pink-tinted hair. Batanovic says: “Older ladies are doing more subtle, peek-a-boo versions of bright colors, while the younger generations are doing more intense placements and all-over melts of vibrant shades. Guys will usually stick to one solid color like silver, navy blue or pale green."
But green's not the only game in town. If you’re still pining for the denim-on-denim trend, for example, you’re in luck. The trend toward everything blue has begun to creep back into salons and onto the street.

Frosty white is another hue to consider. Kevin Murphy, International Design Director of Color, Kate Reid says: "Ice hair is an incoming trend for 2017. Especially in the winter months, where we’re sure to see a big increase in this frosty shade. We're also seeing a lot more platinum blonde requests. Even in the winter. It's not silver or gray anymore." She also sees clients punching up a natural brown shade by turning it copper. "Like rose gold, it raises the bar and gives intense shine."

I think Rose Gold or Ice are not as unusual as the other colors mentioned, I like both of them. Good luck if you tint your tresses! BBL

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Color and Size Matter

The Color of A Plate Makes A Difference

According to a study, participants who had low contrast between their food and the plates they served themselves on, for example pasta with Alfredo sauce on a white plate or pasta with tomato sauce on a red plate, served themselves 30 percent, or 42 grams, more pasta than participants with high contrast between their food and the plate they served themselves on. Serve pasta with tomato sauce on a white plate or pasta with Alfredo sauce on a red plate if you want to trim calories. 

Size matters too. Plate sizes have increased by 22 percent since 1960 and so have waist sizes. Most weight loss experts recommend shrinking your plate in order to lose weight.
“There are plenty of studies that have shown that people who eat or are given smaller plates or smaller bowls simply eat less. However, the opposite is true when it comes to fork size,” said Integrative Medicine doctor Sheryl Spitzer- Resnick.

A Journal of Consumer Research study analyzed how fork size affected how much people eat. Plates of Italian food were weighed before and after participants ate. Participants were seated at tables with large forks or small forks. The large forks held 20 percent more food than an average-sized restaurant fork and the smaller forks held 20 percent less.

When the study concluded, researchers saw that participants who ate with larger forks left almost 8-ounces of food compared to 4.5 ounces of food for those with smaller forks. Those with larger forks were satisfied quicker and ate less than those who ate with smaller forks.
According to the study, “If people have a well-defined hunger goal to satisfy and put forth effort to reach the goal, they consume more from a small fork rather than from a large fork. The bite size becomes the medium that helps them satisfy their goal and also influences quantity consumed. The small fork gives a feeling that they are not making much progress in satiating their hunger, which results in more consumption compared to when they have a larger fork.”

Sharon Harbison's miniature food creation smaller than a nickel

Cookbook author Barbara Stafford uses pint-size portions, such as small 4- or 5-inch skillets, to help people eat delicious food in smaller portions or for small-plate entertaining. Perhaps she should also add larger forks to eat with.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Are Purple and Violet the Same Color?

Violet is just another word for purple, right? Not quite. The colors may look the same, but in terms of physics, they're totally different. Our eyes have three types of color-sensitive cells, or cones, each specialized to one color: red, green, and blue. These colors lie in order on the visible light spectrum. Despite their specialization, the cones generally combine their forces and activate in the presence of more than one color. Green and orange, for example, both activate the red and green cones, but in different ratios. Violet activates the blue cones in abundance and the red cones a little less. Of course, not all colors are in the light spectrum as we know it: brown, for instance, is not a spectral color, but a combination of many different colors on the spectrum. When you see brown, you're seeing a mixture of light wavelengths that activate different cones in varying ratios to produce a color your brain finally interprets as brown. This is how we see purple: it's a combination of the spectral colors blue and red. Rather than activating blue and red cones in a given ratio, purple combines the cone ratio for blue with the cone ratio for red to come up with an entirely new color.


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Organize Pantry with Color-Coded System

 Heloise, the queen of hints, recommends using a color-coded system to organize our pantries in this New Year. This is a new concept for me.

 First, get rid of items which have expired, check all the way in the back of shelves where we are prone to push seldom or never used items. She writes:

"Put GREEN veggies such as beans, peas, spinach and pickles together.
 Then gather RED canned items, like tomatoes, sauces, salsas, ketchup and kidney beans.
Shades of YELLOW could include pineapple, pears, applesauce and corn products.
WHITE items would include mayonnaise jars, sauerkraut and potatoes."

I like beets, so I could combine them with other PURPLE items like plums, raspberry pie filling, kalama olives, etc.

This color grouping might encourage children to find ingredients for dishes the parents or grandparents prepare. For spicy beans, for example, it would be fun to combine all the RED items plus ground meat and a chopped onion of one's choice for a zippy chili for the cold days and evenings.

Youngsters might enjoy organizing canned goods by color also if they help clean and sort out the pantry if you make it a game. Good luck on color-coding your pantry!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Using Color Changes for Safety

The amazing use of color change, inherent in chameleons, is now warning of dangerous chemical leaks in industries. Brilliant scientists developed a life-saving system for workers.

The amazing chameleon  has the marvelous ability to see the color patterns of their environment and can closely match these designs by changing the color patterns in their skins.
Recent advances in pigment technology have produced “smart pigments” that change color in response to specific changes in local environmental conditions. These emerging products are finding valuable applications at aerospace, power, and manufacturing, and oil/gas facilities.

A specialty tape containing proprietary color-changing pigments can be wrapped around pipe fittings, flanges, valves, and storage/transportation vessels and will immediately change to black at locations where hydrogen gas is detected. Under a grant from NASA, researchers at the University of Central Florida developed a color-changing (chemochromatic) tape starting with a powder patented by Japanese researchers that changed color in the presence of hydrogen. The critical improvements by the Florida researchers involved adjusting the chemistry so that the color change was immediate and visible to the naked eye (NASA Technology, Spin-Off, 2016). This research project received numerous awards including “NASA Commercial Invention of the Year” in 2016. The technology is licensed to HySense Technology which sells a product, Intellipigment tape, for detecting hydrogen gas leaks.
The advantage of this chemochromatic tape is obvious and can save time and lives. Previously, workers would use electrochemical and combustible gas sensors to identify the presence of possible leaks in areas where many hydrogen transfer lines were present, but locating the specific leak of the colorless, odorless gas was time-consuming. However, with the lines wrapped, the location of the leak would be immediately located by the worker since the tape at the site of the leak would change from a tan color to a black color.
A paint for use in coatings and packaging changes color when exposed to high temperatures – thus, delivering a visual warning to workers handling material or equipment with the potential to malfunction, explode, or cause burns when overheated. The coatings turn different shades of color from red to blue in response to a range of temperatures, beginning at 95 degree F. (New Jersey Institute of Technology, Press Release, 2014). Further, this material can indicate how long a substance has been exposure to high temperature high enough to comprise its functionality.
Article written by: Eric IsselĂ©e