Cotton Candy, Electric Lime & Jazzberry Jam…

June 6th, 2012 | Comments »

What do all these names have in common?  These are 3 of 133 colours that are in the Crayola family.  Since we are a blog that focus’ on design, decor & colour we thought this week we’d look at the history behind the Crayola Crayon.

In 1903 the first box of crayons were sold for a nickel.  In the early 1900’s two gentlemen by the name of Edwin Binney & Harold Smith developed a nontoxic wax crayon. It was Binney’s wife Alice that came up with the name Crayola.  Alice use the French word for chalk ‘craie’ with ola from the word oily.

To date more than a 100 billion crayons have been produced…  The first Crayola crayons came in a box of eight colours: black, blue, brown, green, orange, purple, red and yellow.  Throughout the years we’ve seen the Crayola crayon family increase; in 1958 the number of colours increased to 64, while in 1972 eight fluorescent colours were introduced increasing the number of colours to 72. In 1990 we saw both the addition of 16 colours while the company also discontinued 8, this now brought the total to 80.  The number of colours then increased to 96 in 1993 and to 120 in 1998, though with thirteen crayons being retired along the way. (Blizzard Blue, Blue Grey, Blue Green, Lemon Yellow, Magic Mint, Maize, Mulberry, Orange Red, Orange Yellow, Raw Umber, Teal Blue, Thistle & Violet Blue)
Over the years the Crayola brand has brought to life additional speciality packs of crayons:

Triangled: Crayola also manufactors triangled crayons that are anti roll. The standard triangled crayons are in 8 and 16 packs.  The 30 pack of triangled crayons is only on washable mode and in a jar.

Washable: Washable crayons are in 8,16,and 24 standard packs and a 8,16,and 30 triangled crayon packs. The 8 and 16 packs of the standard and triangular washable packs lists the same colours as their original packs. The washable 24 standard crayon pack lists the same colours as the original pack.

Silver Swirls: In 1990, Crayola released the Silver Swirls, a pack of 24 silvery colors.

Magic Scent: In 1994, Crayola produced a 16-pack of crayons that released fragrances when used. In 1995, Crayola changed some of the scents because of complaints received by parents that some of the crayons smelled good enough to eat, like the Cherry, Chocolate, & Blueberry scented crayons.  Crayons with food scents were retired in favour of non-food scents.

Gem Tones: In 1994, Crayola released the Gem Tones, a pack of 16 crayons modeled after precious stones.

Changeables: The Crayola Changeables crayons were introduced in 1995. Ex Blue to Magenta, Green to Violet & Pink to Yellow.

Colour Mix Up: In 1997, Crayola released a 16-pack of crayons, each of which contains a solid colour with flecks of two other colours in it.

Pearl Brite: In 1997, Crayola released a 16-pack of Pearl Brite crayons. Colours include: Key Lime Pearl, Midnight Pearl & Mystic Pearl

Crayons with Glitter: In 1999, Crayola released Crayons with Glitter as part of a Special Effects crayons package.

Metallic FX: In 2001, Crayola produced the Metallic FX crayons, a set of 16 metallic crayons whose names were chosen through a contest open to residents of the U.S. and Canada. (Still available today)

Silly Scents: The Silly Scents are produced by Crayola in a 16-pack. ex… Pixie Powder, Smashes Pumpkin & Winter Wizard

Head ‘n Tails: The crayons are double-sided and encased in plastic tubes that function much like the ones on Crayola Twistables. Each crayon has two shades of colour.

True Life: In 2007, Crayola released the True to Life crayons. The tri-colour tips are intended to “bring scenes to life.” Each crayon is extra-long and contained within a plastic casing similar to that of Crayola Twistables crayons.

Extreme Twistable Colours: In 2009, Crayola released eight “ultra-cool” and “super-hot” crayons in long twistable barrels.

Colours of the Rainbow

June 1st, 2012 | Comments »

With all the crazy weather we’ve been having lately and the fact that rainbows are definitely a possibility I thought perhaps we’d take the time to look at some facts about rainbows. How’s they’re made and what the colours in the rainbow actually mean.  Just a little something different this week… hope you enjoy.

rainbow is an optical and meteorological phenomenon that causes a spectrum of light to appear in the sky when the sun shines onto droplets of moisture in the earth’s atmosphere. Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the sun.

The rainbow is not located at a specific distance, but comes from any water droplets viewed from a certain angle relative to the Sun’s rays. Thus, a rainbow is not a physical object, and cannot be physically approached. Indeed, it is impossible for an observer to manoeuvre to see any rainbow from water droplets at any angle other than the customary one of 42 degrees from the direction opposite the Sun. Even if an observer sees another observer who seems “under” or “at the end” of a rainbow, the second observer will see a different rainbow further off-yet, at the same angle as seen by the first observer.

Rainbows can be observed whenever there are water drops in the air and sunlight shining from behind at a low altitude angle. The most spectacular rainbow displays happen when half the sky is still dark with raining clouds and the observer is at a spot with clear sky in the direction of the sun. The result is a luminous rainbow that contrasts with the darkened background.

The rainbow effect is also commonly seen near waterfalls or fountains. In addition, the effect can be artificially created by dispersing water droplets into the air during a sunny day.

In a “primary rainbow”, the arc shows red on the outer part, and violet on the inner side. This rainbow is caused by light being refracted while entering a droplet of water, then reflected inside on the back of the droplet and refracted again when leaving it.

In a double rainbow, a second arc is seen outside the primary arc, and has the order of its colours reversed, red facing toward the other one, in both rainbows. This second rainbow is caused by light reflecting twice inside water droplets.


Now with a better understanding of the rainbow let’s take a look at the colours of the rainbow:

Violet is a combination of the colours red and blue. This is the highest and the subtlest specialization of light. This is because it is at the opposite end of the red colour. This colour is viewed as the completion as well as the beginning of the energy vibration. Different shades of violet have varied meanings. A deep purple symbolizes high spiritual attainment and a pale shade symbolizes love for humanity. The shade violet brings about a stabilizing factor to the frenzied shades of red.

The colour indigo means infinity. It also symbolizes wisdom and self-mastery. The indigo colour is known to be the bridge between the finite and the infinite.

Blue is known as the colour of divinity. This is the colour of the open skies and the oceans. Using the colour blue in our daily lives is said to bring about a peace and understanding. This colour also helps to soothe and relax.

The colour green is formed with the merging of yellow and blue. Therefore, this is located in the center of the spectrum. The colour green, symbolizes harmony, balance, growth and good health.

The colour yellow is vibrant in itself being close to the colour of the sun. This is known to be full of energy. Yellow also means something bright and happy and the usage of this colour is known to bring about a proper clarity of thought in a persons mind and also improve the decision-making skills.

The colour, orange is a combination of red and yellow. This is not as fiery as red and but symbolizes a lot of energy and wisdom as well. Although dynamic, the colour orange is more thoughtful and controlled. This colour can increase the creativity of the person and bring about equilibrium in life.

This is the colour of energy and enthusiasm. This is also the colour with the longest wavelength. Red symbolizes passion, energy, vibrancy and success.

Hope you enjoyed this weeks blog… as we said, just a little something different.

Enjoy your weekend!

Colours of the Summer

May 24th, 2012 | Comments »

This week we thought we’d take some time to review our top colour pick of the summer and how to use them.  Summer always brings some fun & fresh combined with classic and neutral. A little something for everyone…

A splash of Lime

Where to Use It: As we all know using a hint of lime always makes things better? The colour can have the same effect in a room. Use it as a highlight accent, like the backdrop of a bookcase, then bring in smaller accessories in the same colour to complete the look.

Sky Blue

Where to Use It: Just like the sky itself, this shade of blue has a serene, calming presence. We like to see it used in healthy does with fabric, large accessories and on furniture.  It can bring a quieting effect to a bedroom, sitting room or any space where you like to relax and unwind.

Flirty Pink (soft mauve)

Where to Use It: We all know pink is the ultimate girl colour — nothing else can give a room a feminine touch like this blushing hue. This is what makes it the perfect choice for a girls room. Highlighting different shades in a floral fabric and pairing it with purple only intensifies its playful appeal.

Bright & Sunny Yellow!

Where to Use It: Let’s say wow to yellow! This bright, happy colour can’t help but bring a smile to our face. Artwork and accent pillows are two simple ways to let the ‘sunshine’ in to your room. To make this colour pop even more, pair it with a soft neutral, such as gray or white.


Where to Use It: As one of the stars of 2012 coral is a standout shade no matter where you use it. Accessories are a natural fit for this accent colour, whether it’s a pillow sham a lamp shade or a throw. For a bigger statement, why not add an unexpected twist by pairing this vivacious colour with white for a striped ceiling?

Ahoy… Did someone call for Nautical Navy

Where to Use It: If you follow fashion trends, you may have noticed navy is one of the hottest ‘new neutrals.’ Just like black, white and gray, navy can create a statement without overpowering a room. Pair it with bold colours, such as red or pink, to create style-setting combos. Want to follow the nautical trend? Consider using it in a striped pattern for something a little different.

Red (with hints of pink)

Where to Use It: Entry ways are one of the best places to make a statement so why not take a risk and throw a rich red on your walls?Not only does this room set the tone for the rest of the home, it entices guests to want to see every room of your home. A cheerful red is a great option, but there are so many reds out there that you can choose to go with a red that works for you and your space.

Crisp White

Where to Use It: Like laundry draped across a clothesline, a brilliant white can give any space a fresh, clean look. Use white as a neutral backdrop and then accessorize with accent pieces in your favourite colours. Another look is to create a monochromatic design by enveloping the room in an all-white palette, a hot trend in many modern spaces today… check out!

Freshly Squeezed Orange

Where to Use It: When we say summer orange is the colour that comes to mind, whether it’s juice from a roadside stand or cool sherbet on a hot day. For a quick spruce-up, add orange or tangerine throw pillows to a neutral couch. If you’re a true fan of the juicy & fun colour, add statement pieces such as painted side tables or a sideboard. Remember it’s just paint, you can change your mind if you want.

Water’s Edge Blue

Where to Use It: No matter where you live, nothing is as inviting as a cool body of water on a hot summer day. Get the same feeling in your living areas by immersing the room in this cool shade. For a dramatic effect, use the colour on upholstered pieces, drapery panels and accessories.