Get Lost in the Colors of Nebraska
Coral, Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2019, may get you dreaming of tropical destinations. But honestly, coral isn’t for everyone. Just like Nebraska. If exploring uncharted territories ranks higher on your bucket list than repainting your entire house, consider visiting an unexpected destination that brings next year’s earthiest colors to life. Few places can provide the harmony of five very different colors appearing naturally across 500 miles of state lines. And you may be surprised that Nebraska has enough cool factor to spunk up the simmering prairieland. Below, discover other colors of the year from top brands that not only fly under the radar but are also a bit more down to earth.
The Color: This aesthetic gives the warm friendly confidence necessary for cultivating strength and stability.
The Nebraska Experience: Bring your ancient, elemental roots to fruition with the desert vibe of Nebraska’s Sandhills. The Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway is Nebraska’s last unexplored frontier through one of America’s most unique geographies, untouched by the hands of men. While in the region, take a visit to Chimney Rock, the most recognized landmark along the Oregon Trail and described as “towering to the heavens.” The scenery will initiate a strong sensation of confidence.
The Color: Strength, trust, dependability. These are all intrinsic responses to this cooling color. It’s similar to what you feel when surrounded by water. Studies show that, much like the power of a waterfall, blue can increase productivity and creativity. It may even actually lower body temperature and pulse rate!
The Nebraska Experience: Blueprint’s grayish blue is reminiscent of Nebraska’s scenic Smith Falls State Park, a popular destination for campers, canoers, kayakers, tubers and others who want to experience the Niobrara River. The 63-foot roaring waterfall will invoke a balancing sensation of transcendence and adrenaline.
The Color: Garden Patch simultaneously produces an emotional lift while soothing the soul. The pale green is a symbol of peace, growth and health.
The Nebraska Experience: An internationally recognized fossil site, the Agate Fossil Beds National Monument in Sioux County is a natural signifier of growth on this planet. Here, the relationship between land, weather, ecology and mammals has been one of continual change throughout time.
Pineapple Cream Granita
The Color: Soothing and bright; sweet, but a little tart. A light yellow, Pineapple Cream Granita is the first color to ever be mixed, created and named solely by an Ace Hardware consumer during the Color of the Year contest.
The Nebraska Experience: Known for their abundant corn crops, Nebraskans get creative with how to use this versatile ingredient. They brew a mean cream ale, in which corn produces a lighter body and color. Cream ales are one of the only beer styles born in America. And there’s no better place to invoke a warm happy sensation with a refreshing beer than in Nebraska. You’ll get a feeling of authenticity and sense of place that you can actually taste.
The Color: What’s more balanced, timeless, and easy on the eyes than a practical color that will never go out of style? Perhaps watching 600,000+ birds soaring through the sky on a coordinated journey.
The Nebraska Experience: The sandhill crane is one of the most practical species. Considered to be one of the greatest animal migrations, every March, more than 80 percent of the world’s population of sandhill cranes congregate on the Platte River Valley. Witnessing these creatures take flight is as visually stimulating as it is calming. It creates the perfect balance. This soothing gray signifies the balancing act of warm and cool, invoking calming and rational emotions.