Living in colors

Color is a power which directly influences the soul.

Wassily Kandinsky

For years now, I’ve been looking forward to PANTONE’s Color of the year. I recently posted in my Instagram, the color(s) they have voted for 2021, they’re actually two: Ultimate gray and Illuminating yellow.

Keywords:

  • warm
  • positive
  • friendly
  • subtle
  • thoughtful
  • sunny
  • happy
  • relaxed

You can utilize each of them independently, and you can combine the two as well, as they compliment one another.

I must assume that these colors proximate with what 2020 has been and with a hope and positivity to look forward for a better tomorrow.

The first time that they did this (2 colors in 1 year) was 5 years ago. Rose quartz and Serenity. They’re softer versions of masculinity and femininity. Blushes of pink and blue like those you see in a nursery.

The reason behind to come up with two is the response of producers to consumers of all genders. Bottom-line, equality. They wanted people to be comfortable with everyone’s preference.

Pantone Color of the year from 2000 to 2020

I have been passionate about colors because I firmly believe that emotions and colors are literally intertwined.

Studies show, they can give us feelings of joy and sadness, it can make us calm, it can make us excited, it can make our hearts beat faster which roots from environment, cultural perceptions, social media influence and of course, personal preferences.

Herewith is an Infographic of how Colors generally affects us and the varying emotions affixed to each. You will also see Big names of brands utilizing each color.

Personally, I feel such happiness when I’m surrounded with the colors I love. I also noticed that gifts coming from friends and loved-ones, even colleagues, are of those in my favorite colors, which gives them the comfort of knowing, I’d really appreciate the gift and the thought that they made someone happy.

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At any rate, if you ever dislike a specific color, it hurts your eyes, or affects your mood, veer away from it, so what I’m trying to say is just surround yourself with the colors that you love regardless of the trend. Besides, if you dislike a trending color, it can be combined with those that you like by referring to Color formulas and guides.

It is what I’d be discussing here, what can we combine with yellow and gray.

The Color of the Year set by Pantone is the leverage of most industries. As it is what stimulate consumers, be it in Fashion, Interiors, Food & Beverage, Cosmetics, Automobile, Electronics, etc. For some reasons, whatever color is dictated by Pantone, is being similar with Feng Shui’s lucky colors too.

Paint authorities usually follows the trend, they might come up with their own, however, Pantone is the benchmark of most brands. In Color Theory, they are divided by just 2 types: Warm and cool colors. Said types affects us differently, however, in general, this is how it goes:

Those belonging to Warm colors (Energizing) evokes feelings of positivity, energy and happiness.

The Cool colors (Calming) gives us feelings of calm, relaxed, at ease, although it sometimes exudes feelings of melancholy.

Applying color to our daily lives is a personal thing. It’s like surrounding yourself with people who loves you and supports you and whom you love in return. =) So what can go well with the Pantones’ color(s) of the year for 2021?

I will not be using words here, I think it’d be more exciting if we use our visuals instead so as to give us an idea what goes well with these color combinations.

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So, I think, we already have an idea what can we do to tweak these two and inject them in our own favorites. Have fun! I will really appreciate if you can send me photos of upcoming projects wherein you were able to blithely use these colors. =)

As for myself, a true lover of the color purple, It would really be easy for me, as it goes really well with yellow. So I’d still be happy, I hope you guys will be too! =)

Luna Cafe…

Luna Cafe…

“Coffee and friends, make the perfect blend.”

On my way to work, I spotted this newly-opened coffee shop in our hometown. Luna Cafe. It looks cozy from the outside, and I saw some splashes of the color pink inside. I instantly wanted to pay visit and check their menu so I scheduled it immediately over the next weekend.

Facade… They’re on the second floor.

I have been on the look-out for a coffee shop ala “Starbucks” that’s just near my place, like a rendezvous. I think this one’s the nearest so far. I have a leaning with “Picked” but it is 2 rides away from where I lived. And Starbucks is an hour drive from home.

Luna Cafe happens to be sitting beside another coffee shop. I just wondered why the owner of the place allowed tenants in similar businesses, it should be offer a variety as they will both benefit from it, looking at it, the other coffee shop looked gloomy, there was no guests at that time. While there are 2 tables occupied at Luna cafe.

Their interiors is the typical shabby looking, modern take of whats’ eclectic since they combined industrial chairs with girly and chic pieces, there are even flowers mounted on their walls that are made of papers. It actually added charm to the place or could be, because I just love the color pink.

My instant favorite is this wall. It inspired me to mount photos of those personalities that somehow inspired me and impacted my mindset, the likes of Mother Theresa, Frida Kahlo, or maybe even a photo of Madonna along my own portrait. Ahaha

Jen got quesadillas, as always, it has become her favorite. I tried the chipotle, because It reminds me of someone very special looking for chipotle when he visited the Philippines a few months ago.

Quesadillas..

We also wanted to try the mozarella logs, which also reminded us of the mozarella logs from Spatzle. I think I want to go back.

 

One of Cafe Luna’s best sellers are their artisanal coffees, intricately prepared in an artistic way, good to look at but you will always wonder if you’re going to eat all those decors since they are edible. Or should I leak the dripping chocolates on the sides of the mug.

I had avocado and Jen had their best seller specialty coffee: Cadbury Nutella.

The serving time was a bit longer than usual, so I again questioned what if it’s peak time. Jen asked me to not complaint and told her I will complaint, I am just sharing my views just with her. Or maybe they should have this standard spiel of informing their guests prep time of each item that we ordered.

Anyway, I just took photos of each corner to kill time, I even went out and took this pretty windchime, a hot air balloon, which is made of glass. It’s sound is so pacifying as soft wind came in that late Saturday night.

Their line-up isn’t pricey and I think is worthy for another visit when boredom at home hits me or should I need a little change in my environment. Anyway, it’s just 15 minutes away from home.

Cafe Luna is located at: Pacita Avenue, corner 16th avenue, Pacita Complex, San Pedro, Laguna.

Some photos courtesy of: http://www.decobake.com.ph/luna-cafe