This post started as a simple way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by regaling you, my dear reader, with an explosion of the color combination green and copper. I happen to be obsessed with this fusion of complimentary colors and I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to it.
The strange thing is, a few years ago I would have said I highly disliked both green and gold. I remember in 2013 when emerald was the color of the year that I was unimpressed with this choice. Maybe it was that specific shade of green I was reacting to. It seemed a bit chalky to me- not vibrant like the color emerald green was in my imagination. Or maybe it has just taken me this long to appreciate this verdant shade. Or maybe it wasn’t until I noticed it being paired with copper and/or gold that it ended up striking my fancy. Whatever the case may be, this color combination is something I am finding very inspirational right now.
After looking at my collection of photographs, I realized that green and copper and/or gold really reminds me of the Art Deco period. So I thought I would write about these colors and how they were incorporated into the Art Deco motif. As I was doing my research I came across this article (which I am guessing might be a thesis paper?) and it explained that the style makers during the 1920s and 1930s were highly influenced by the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1922.
I had never heard of this connection before so I quickly looked at pictures of King Tut’s sarcophagus and sure enough, you can easily see how the Art Deco designers were inspired by the treasures of King Tut!
I then fell further down the internet rabbit hole and found myself researching the mythology of color in ancient Egypt. It turns out that both green and gold were very important colors (duh!) because the former symbolizes life as well as joy and the later was a symbol for, “imperishable, eternal and indestructible“.
So what started out as a way to bring homage to Ireland and the color combination of gold and green ended up being an article about the influence of ancient Egypt on the designers of the Art Deco style! Isn’t it funny the way things turn out sometimes?
I wonder if there is something inherent in our psyche as humans for us to consider certain color combinations as beautiful. It seems as if green and gold have always been “in style” and look beautiful to our eyes, even though it took me a while to learn to appreciate it.
So tell me, do you like the color combination of green and gold? What about green and copper? If this isn’t to your liking, what other color combinations do you find pleasing?
For more articles about color and interior design, please check out these posts:
- From House To Home: Creating Color Palettes
- From House To Home: Color, Mood, & Connotation
- At Home With: Bold Color