In Others’ Words: Color

“I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.” ~Sir Winston Churchill, British statesman

Green is my all-time favorite color. Not any-old green — a vivid, forest green. My living room and dining room are both painted a lush green … and I have no plans to change those walls anytime soon.

Why do I like the color green? It represents life to me … growth … the color green contains so many shades of promise.

From Churchill’s quote, it’s apparent he wasn’t a fan of brown. I wonder what brilliant color he “rejoiced” with most: blue? red? yellow?

In Your Words: What color do you “rejoice” with — and why? Do you feel sorry for any particular color?


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  1. March 2, 2012, 5:38 am   /  Reply

    My favorite color is blue, and shades of blue are used throughout my house. I love the soothing, serene feeling it represents because most of my day is the exact opposite of serene. My day is filled with all colors–bold reds, shy lavenders, brilliant blues, growing greens, creative yellows, and yes, even those browns that may feel neutral. Color paints my world, and right now, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    • Beth Vogt
      March 2, 2012, 6:54 am   /  Reply

      And you look beautiful in blue too, LJ!

  2. March 2, 2012, 5:58 am   /  Reply

    I feel sorry for brown. But I rejoice with plum, cream, blues in any shade…oh heck, I rejoice with just about all of ’em.
    ~ Wendy

    • Beth Vogt
      March 2, 2012, 6:53 am   /  Reply

      I wonder if anyone out there claims brown as a favorite color?

  3. Jeanne T
    March 2, 2012, 7:16 am   /  Reply

    Okay, I confess, I like brown, mostly to wear. ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t claim it as a favorite color, but I do like it. I think I feel sorry for black. My favorites are greens and shades of reds. ๐Ÿ™‚ Fun conversation today!

    • Beth Vogt
      March 2, 2012, 7:24 am   /  Reply

      I like to wear brown too — after a friend encouraged me to try it on. I used to wear black a lot and now I avoid it. Too harsh.

  4. March 2, 2012, 7:27 am   /  Reply

    I love that quote! So funny. I rejoice with pink. It makes me feel alive. Especially a bright pink. There’s something so vivid and unique about it.

    Glad you made it home safe and sound! I enjoyed looking at your pictures. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Beth Vogt
      March 2, 2012, 7:35 am   /  Reply

      Pink is a fun, fun color — and one of my fave colors to wear too. ๐Ÿ™‚
      More photos to come.

  5. March 2, 2012, 7:33 am   /  Reply

    Technically they say black isn’t a color but the absence of color–interesting to think about. My usual favorite is the warm mid-blue contrasted with rose tones which decorates my living room. Wasn’t sure where that came from until looking out the window one day I noticed that they are the colors of sunrise and sunset. My favorite comfy bath robe is bright red. My sheets by choice are burgundy–not sure why, but it greatly appeals to me, maybe energizes. All colors seem to have their particular gift.

    • Beth Vogt
      March 2, 2012, 7:36 am   /  Reply

      I love how your favorite colors comprise the colors of sunrise and sunset — since you pack so much life into every day!

  6. March 2, 2012, 7:42 am   /  Reply

    I feel sorry for white or maybe I’m just scared I’ll get it dirty. I often find myself in blacks or grays just because those are easier (perhaps goes back to my fear of getting white dirty). I like to rejoice with an unexpected pop of red!

    • Beth Vogt
      March 2, 2012, 7:44 am   /  Reply

      Interesting perspective on white, Stacy. Hadn’t thought of that — but I do know I avoid white pants for the very same reason! And I love red too! (Although for years it was considered my twin sister’s color and not mine.)

  7. March 2, 2012, 8:14 am   /  Reply

    I love green and blue. And sometimes yellow, too.

    I was about to say I feel sorry for brown…then I remembered where I live. Soil means life here in Iowa. So I can’t feel so sorry for its color anymore. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Beth Vogt
      March 2, 2012, 10:50 am   /  Reply

      Wonderful, wonderful take on brown, Melissa …

  8. March 2, 2012, 8:55 am   /  Reply

    Your love of green and growth reflect here on your site, but you know this! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I rejoice with reds, gold, brown, orange, sage…they’re cozy colors that encourage me to snuggle up and enjoy what’s around me. I love earth tones and my house reflects that! I don’t feel bad for any colors. I think they’re all glorious!

    • Beth Vogt
      March 2, 2012, 10:50 am   /  Reply

      Jessica, I would say you are an embracer — some one who opens her arms and embraces life!

  9. March 2, 2012, 9:31 am   /  Reply

    I wear a lot of brown, but wouldn’t pick it as a favorite color. Perhaps a deep shade of purple is my favorite color…or red. I love red…and blue, especially the blue of an October sky…Ack! They’re all my favorite.

    • Beth Vogt
      March 2, 2012, 10:49 am   /  Reply

      So you’re embracing the whole box of crayons, eh, Pat?

  10. Loree Huebner
    March 2, 2012, 9:35 am   /  Reply

    Green is also my favorite color – give me any shade – it’s the color of life.

    • Beth Vogt
      March 2, 2012, 10:49 am   /  Reply

      Agreed, Loree, agreed!

  11. Amy Leigh Simpson
    March 2, 2012, 10:02 am   /  Reply

    I am a sucker for black. For clothes I almost always gravitate toward it. For the color itself I’m big into kelly green. it just seems so vibrant and alive.

    • Beth Vogt
      March 2, 2012, 10:49 am   /  Reply

      You’ve got a way with words, Amy! “I’m a sucker for black.”

  12. March 2, 2012, 10:14 am   /  Reply

    My favorite color is cardinal red. I love cardinals, and their shade of red just screams to me that there is a Creator.

    • Beth Vogt
      March 2, 2012, 10:48 am   /  Reply

      I love what cardinals symbolize for you. My grandfather always loved cardinals, so when I see one, I think of him.

  13. March 2, 2012, 12:37 pm   /  Reply

    I love purple! It’s rich, it’s regal, but shades of it can be bold or soft. I just love it. And it identifies me.
    I like colorful things, but I’m not a huge fan of mauve. It kinda makes me nauseated.

    • Beth Vogt
      March 2, 2012, 9:45 pm   /  Reply

      I love purple too — and there is a particular shade of mauve nail polish I like — but it’s a deep mauve, not an icky mauve.

  14. March 2, 2012, 4:50 pm   /  Reply

    Blue is my favorite color, but I’ve taking a liking for purple lately.

    • Beth Vogt
      March 2, 2012, 9:46 pm   /  Reply

      I have this photo of a beautiful woman in a period costume — and it’s purple.
      Oh, wait! The beautiful woman is you, Keli!

  15. March 2, 2012, 10:54 pm   /  Reply

    Ah! Great minds…I’m in the process of preparing a post to celebrate green as my ‘color of the month’ for March. I love green also–green-blues especially, but it’s almost impossible to pick a favorite. Often, it’s the one I’m looking at.

    • Beth Vogt
      March 2, 2012, 11:03 pm   /  Reply

      Can’t wait to read your blog post, Julia!

  16. March 2, 2012, 11:14 pm   /  Reply

    Buttery yellow has grown to mean light and life and freedom for me. It’s the color of the place where much healing has come for me. So I find myself coloring my rooms yellow because it beckons me to come dance!!!!

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