October Colour of the Month… PURPLE!

Hello Autumn 🍁 And welcome October… we’ve missed you! 💜

This month we will be celebrating all things PURPLE!! (and Halloween… don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten!) This bright, happy colour, made from red and blue, represents magic, mystery and spirituality. 

Purple is most commonly associated with Royalty, emperors or the privileged. The earliest purple dyes date back to 1900 B.C, where it took 12,000 Shellfish to extract just 1.5 grams of pure dye. This means the dye was rare and very limited, making it extremely expensive. 

In nature, Purple used to be very rare… in fact, your ancestors probably never saw the colour in nature! Whereas now it is much more common to see a purple flower, fruit & veg, or even birds & fish! 

Every shade of Purple has a different feel. Lighter shades tend to be associated with floral, romantic and light-hearted, whereas darker shades are more intellectual, dignified and often the colour of mourning. Younger people tend to view purple as a happy colour, with memories from childhood.

Purple is the hardest colour for the human eye to discriminate. It is also the most powerful wavelength of the rainbow! This could be why it is often associated with supernatural energy.

We hope you enjoy our #ColourOfTheMonth and check out our Social for all kinds of ideas, tips and tricks for this gorgeous colour!

October Top Tips for Purple:

Squeeze the juice from a Grape to make Wine – Dance with Barney the Dinosaur – Drizzle some honey onto a delicious Fig – Dress like a Queen in a purple gown – Plant some Violet’s in your garden – Let’s cook some Parmigiana with fresh Aubergines – Add a purple theme to your Christmas Decorations

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Green Factory Award!

We are thrilled to announce that on 6th July 2020 our wonderful factory in Kolkata was awarded with a Gold Award Green Factory status, making it the first Green Factory Building in eastern India in the Indian Green Factory rating system in the  MSME category.

Home to our cotton canvas & washed jute bag production – this factory champions environmental sustainability. Water conservation, energy consumption & reducing environmental impact are just a few of the initiatives that have earned our factory this award of National Excellence.

Its dedicated solar power plant helps to reduce carbon emissions.. and the water harvesting & treatment system protects the local environment.

We proudly share this mark of achievement with you, so that you can be assured of our continued efforts to bring you wonderful products that do not Cost the Earth!

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September Colour of the Month… GOLD & GUNMETAL!

September Colour of the Month… GOLD & GUNMETAL!

We are very excited to be celebrating the colour that is featured in most of our designs… Gold!! 

This shiny metallic colour was originally named after the precious metal, Gold. It was first recorded as a colour in England in 1300, then in 1423 blonde hair was referred to as Gold! It is the colour of luxury and success, and is closely associated with Royalty, wealth and money.

The best thing about gold is it can be paired with almost any colour to create its own style! It can be childlike when paired with coral, peach or baby blue, or pair it with dark greens and dark reds for a more Christmassy feel! Like most orange/yellow hues, Gold works well with colours found in nature like greens and blues. Or pair it with black for a luxurious 1920’s look or add some pink for a rose gold look.

Gunmetal is a colour we love to use here at Vivid! It looks fabulous with gold and has the feel of Christmas! This dark grey/blueish/purplish colour is metallic and often associated with chains, buckles, guns and other metal objects.

The colour may sound aggressive, but this dark grey is rich and conveys a sense of authority or seriousness. 

Pair Gunmetal with bright colours such as yellow or orange to create a bright feature wall in your home! Or pair it with golds and coppers to create a classy, luxurious look!

September Top Tips for Gold & Gunmetal:

Be the sparkle at a party in your Gold glitter dress – Tile your bathroom in a dark Gunmetal for a luxurious look – Decorate your Christmas tree with traditional Gold & Red – Throw a Roaring 20’s party with a Gold & Black theme – Put on your favourite Gold necklace, it’s always the right occasion – Dye your hair Gunmetal Grey

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August Colour of the Month… TURQUOISE!

For August’s Colour of the Month, we are celebrating all things Turquoise! This gorgeous blue/green colour is named after the dazzling gemstone! 

The word Turquoise comes from the French for “Turkish” as the gem was originally imported from Turkey! 

The first recorded use of the colour Turquoise was in England in 1573.

In many cultures, Turquoise is seen as a holy stone, a bringer of good fortune or a talisman. In ancient Egypt, they furnished graves with turquoise, whereas in the ancient Persian Empire they were worn around the neck or wrist as protection against unnatural death. They believed that if the gem changed colour, there was danger approaching. It has since been discovered that the Turquoise gem can change colour, caused by light or a chemical reaction. In Iran, Central Asian and Russia, the domes of Mosques are often coloured Turquoise.

There are a number of animals that are known for their striking turquoise colours! From the blues and greens of Peacock feathers, to the bright chest of a Kingfisher. The flash of colour you see from a Dragonfly darting past and the slow hypnotic rhythm of a luminous Jellyfish. 

August Top Tips for Turquoise:

Take a dip in the warm Greek Ocean – Catch someones eye by wearing a dazzling gemstone – Visit a Mosque in Iran – Spot a fast moving dragonfly – Go for a synchronised swim – Watch a Peacock spread its feathers – Paint a bright, colourful Kingfisher – Spot Turquoise in nature

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July Colour of the Month… PEACH & ORANGE!

To celebrate all things summer, our colour of the month for July is Peach/Orange! 

The pale colour of a peach is now a very popular pastel colour! Used widely in interior design, this colour was used in 1920/30’s art deco. Often peach coloured mirrors were installed in luxury homes, nightclubs and hotels to show class and luxury. Now coming back into fashion, peach is used widely in modern art & illustration, fashion and interior!

In Chinese culture, the colour peach represents immortality! Peaches symbolize immortality, of the wish for a long and healthy life, are also a common symbol in Chinese art. 

Orange, named after the appearance of the ripe fruit, is a warm and joyful colour! Depending what colour it is paired with can determine the feel of Orange! Pair with greens and black to create a Halloween, winter feel. Pair with blue for a refreshing summer feel, or yellow for a hot, fiery feel.

The colour orange if often found in fresh fruit and is associated with Vitamin C. The healthy and enthusiastic colour is perfect for your summer parties!

July Top Tips for Peach & Orange:

Slice up a juicy peach – Add some colour to your garden with Orange Roses – Add a peach mirror to your room for some extra class – Squeeze some fresh orange juice – Light a bonfire and watch the flames grow – Blend up a Papaya for a fresh orange smoothie

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June Colour of the Month… RAINBOW!

Our colour of the month for June is celebrating all things Pride… so it’s only fitting to celebrate RAINBOW! June is recognised worldwide as the LGBTQ+ Pride Month, in honor of the Stonewall Riots in New York 1969.

In 1978, Gilbert Baker designed the first rainbow flag in honor of Pride. He was urged by Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gar elected officials in the US, to create a symbol of pride for the gay community. This is where he came up with the rainbow flag… he saw rainbows as a natural flag from the sky!

He designed a flag with eight colours, all having different meanings:

Hot Pink – Sex, Red – Life, Orange – Healing, Yellow – Sunlight, Green – Nature, Turquoise – Art, Indigo – Harmony & Violet – Spirit

However, because of production issues the Pink and Turquoise were removed, and the indigo was replaced with basic Blue (representing Serenity)… this resulted in the contemporary six colour flag that we know today. 

It wasn’t until 1994 that the flag was truly estabilised as the symbol for LGBTQ+ Pride when Baker made the first mile-long flag for the 25thanniversary of the Stonewall Riots, now a tradition when celebrating Pride at the annual Parades across the world!

During the current global pandemic, the rainbow has taken a new meaning! People are using it for spreading hope, positivity and appreciation for our NHS. Hundreds of people have been creating their own rainbows to put in their windows to spread the word! 

Fun Facts about Rainbows:

Did you know… rainbows actually contain more then 1 million colours!! But because of our Human eyes… we can’t see all the in-between hues.

Did you know… rainbows are actually round, not semi circle? Because we are seeing them from the ground, they appear to be the famous arch shape… but if you are high enough to view the whole rainbow (on a plane or on top of some mountains), you’d know that they actually make up a whole circle!

Did you know… rainbows don’t only appear in the day! They can appear at night and are called Moonbows (or lunar rainbows). Created when light reflected by the moon hits water droplets in the air (rather than light from the sun)! For a Moonbow to be created, it required a full (or almost full) moon.

Did you know… when you see a double rainbow, the colours on the top rainbow are reversed? The light is reflected twice inside one water droplet, creating another rainbow mirrored above the first! 

Did you know… there isn’t really a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow being guarded by leprechauns… unfortunately, it’s just a myth!

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May Colour of the Month… LEAFY GREEN!

To celebrate Spring, our Colour of the Month for May is… Leafy Green!

A colour of compassion, harmony, healing and nature, Leafy Green is pleasing to the eye and can increase a person’s sense of restfulness.

Leafy Green, which is also the term for Vegetables, is a healthy colour associated with nature. Being the most common colour in the world, we see green every day! Plants, fruit, vegetables, herbs, tea… green hues are tied to health, growth, freshness, money and safety!

House plants are very on trend at the moment… and not just for their look! People have them in their house to help bring the outdoors, in. They boost people’s mood, productivity, concentration and creativity. They also help to reduce stress, fatigue, sore throats and colds, as well as giving privacy and reducing noise levels… making them great for the office! They clean indoor air by absorbing toxins, increasing humidity and producing oxygen.

Different shades of greens have different meanings. For example, Dark Green is associated with ambition, greed and jealousy. Yellow Green can indicate sickness, cowardness, discord and jealousy. Aqua is associated with emotional healing and protection… and Olive Green is the traditional colour of peace. 

Green is seen as a lucky colour, especially in Ireland. But superstition has it that if you are sewing with green the night before a fashion show it will bring you bad luck! Spiritually, it effects our ability to express unconditional love, forgiveness and compassion. Green also represents abundance, renewal, growth and nature. 

The harmonising, balancing and calming colour give healing energy to the heart.

May Top Tips for Leafy Green:

Add some Green to your house with a Monstera – Smell the freshly cut grass – Slice a Kiwi – Make sure you eat your Leafy Greens – Cut up a Watermelon – Pick some fresh mint for your Mojito – Climb a Tree – Go on an Adventure in the Woods – Squeeze Lime for your Margarita – Do the Irish Jig – Go Green… Recycle!

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April Colour of the Month… SUNSHINE YELLOW!

Our Colour Of The Month this April is… Sunshine Yellow!

Bringing Spring to LoveVivid, Yellow is one of our favourite happy colours! The colour of warm Sunshine, Daffodils and Zesty Lemons, we think Yellow brings energy to any situation.

Yellow is a primary colour and is widely used in the art world. Dating back to the prehistoric times, yellow is featured in cave paintings, ancient Egypt and ancient Rome art! It may not always be the main colour, but it is featured by many artists! For example, Picasso used yellow as his contract colour in his ‘Blue Period’. Van Gogh used yellow in most of his paintings such as, ‘Sunflowers’, ‘The Yellow House’, ‘Irises’ and ‘The Starry Night’, just to name a few.

The human eye processes Yellow before any other colour. This is why it is often used for cautions signs, traffic lights, taxi’s and emergency vehicles as it literally catches people’s eye!

This stand out colour has different meanings in different countries… while being widely associated with Happiness, Warmth and Summer; Japan see this colour as courage! Whereas Mexico relate bright yellows to the colour of death.

Like most colours, singers love the colour Yellow! This is definitely proven in some of the most famous songs such as ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ by Joni Mitchell, ‘Yellow’ by Coldplay, ‘Yellow Submarine’ by The Beatles, ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ by Elton John, and many more!

April top tips for Sunshine Yellow:

Buzz with the Bees – Whizz up a Banana Smoothie – Serve your eggs Sunny-side up! – Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini – Click your heels on the Yellow Brick Road – Dance along to La La Land in your Yellow Dress – Hold a Buttercup under your chin – When life gives you Lemons… – Shine Bright like the Sun – Swim with the Yellow Submarines

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March Colour of the Month… PRETTY IN PINK!

Our colour of the month for March is Pretty in Pink! 

Pink, made up from red and white, is a colour that softens anything it touches. The light and delicate colour represents love, romance, softness, friendship and compassion. 

This blush of colour is used all over the world in fashion, interiors and building. It started as the colour for boys in the 1700’s showing masculinity, before changing to the colour for little girls in 1940… although, thankfully colours are no longer related to gender!

In the 1960’s pink was marked as a colour of luxury by people like Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy, before being made an ‘edgy’ colour in the 80’s by Punk bands such as The Clash.

Pink is widely used in Asian cultures, especially in Japan because of the Cherry Blossom. In India, Jaipur is known as the Pink City because of their forts and palaces. Much like Marrakesh in Morocco, known as the Rose City because of all the salmon-pink buildings and red clay.

Nowadays, a pink ribbon is widely known to raise awareness of breast cancer… the power of colour is quite something.

March top tips for Pretty in Pink:

Tickled Pink – Listen to Pink Floyd – Keep an eye out for the Pink Panther – Pick a bunch of Pink Flowers – Sip on some fresh and fizzy Pink Lemonade – Go to Japan in Cherry Blossom season – Paint your lips bright Pink – Help bring colour to the world – Befriend a Pig – Ice a wedding cake – Dive into a delicious Grapefruit 

February Colour of the Month… VALENTINE’S RED!

Our colour of the month this February is of course, Valentine’s Red!

The colour of love, passion, desire and emotion. The Greeks and Hebrews considered red to be a symbol of love, they helped bring the colour from danger to desire. It represents both Cupid and the Devil, being both power and courage.

But do you really know the history behind Valentine’s Day?

The history of St Valentine is unclear but as the myth states, St Valentine was a Roman Catholic Priest who was executed on February 14th after marrying couples in secret. The marriage of young people at this time was prohibited as they believed married men would not make effective soldiers due to the worries of their wives and families. However, the Christian Church believed marriage was sacred, so St Valentine used to marry the couples in secret, before getting caught, imprisoned and tortured. 

While in prison, St Valentine cured Asterius’ daughter of blindness by praying nightly with her. Asterius was so inspired he converted to the Christian faith. Legend states that when St Valentine was executed, the last words he ever wrote were to Asterius’ daughter and simply signed, “from your Valentine”.

February top tips for Valentine’s Red:

Look after your heart – Box and wrap a gift in red – Add some chilli for extra spice! – Gift your loved one on Valentine’s Day – Heart Chocolates taste the best – Pour yourself a large glass of red – Make their day – Your Galantine deserves the best present you can find – Pick a bunch of Red Roses

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