THE YEAR IN COLOUR: MARCH

March is by far my favourite month of the year.  On a clear, sunny day everything seems so fresh and new after the cold and wet of winter, even when there is still a nip in the air.  It really does feel like everything is coming alive again.  

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Daffodils, or rather Narcissi, are my favourite flowers as the scent is heavenly and those sunny yellow trumpet blooms just look so flippin' happy!

Most Spring flowers are yellow and so it is no surprise that it is usually the colour associated to this time of year, however I'm going to be different and say that when I visualise this month it is a deeper, more amber-orange colour that I see (like the centre of these daffs, left).

Bear with me though, for seemingly there is actual method (albeit on a subconscious level)  to my March madness...

Although it is commonly associated with Autumn, I think I see March as orange because of its name.  It comes from the first month of the Roman calendar, Martius, and was called so after Mars, the God of War.   So from this my head (obviously) thinks of Mars the planet with its orangey iron-oxide surface.  Anyone with me? It gets more more tenuous...

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In traditional colour theory orange is a secondary colour, meaning it can be produced by mixing two primary colours, however the particular shade of orange that I visualise - amber - is classed as a tertiary colour, or third colour.  And what is March? Yep, the third month. (Told you it was tenuous!)

I can go on:  Remember the Mad March Hare from Alice in Wonderland? So called because of the crazy behaviour of hares at the beginning of the mating season, the colour commonly associated with energy (Lucozade), and amusement (clowns' hair?)is...orange! 

So, that's my colour for March.  It's interesting to explore how the mind interprets colour and the psychology behind it.  I'd love to know if you think the same or what your head conjures up instead! 

And just in case you fancy adding a bit of amber in your home I've put together a little moodboard for your inspiration :-)

Kx

 Clockwise from top left:  'Orange Glow' by Valspar paints |  La Marie chair, Kartell  |  candle, Urban Outfitters  |  Acid Drop cluster light, Curiousa & Curiousa  | Luana rug, Habitat  |  Clematis flower bottle vase, Dartington Crystal

Clockwise from top left:  'Orange Glow' by Valspar paints |  La Marie chair, Kartell  |  candle, Urban Outfitters  |  Acid Drop cluster light, Curiousa & Curiousa  | Luana rug, Habitat  |  Clematis flower bottle vase, Dartington Crystal