Well it’s the end of week 3 of my colourful contribution to #the100dayproject over on Instagram. As most of you regular readers will know by now, my project is #100daysofcuratedcolour – I am taking a palette from Design Seeds every day, and curating a collection of fabrics and haberdashery, gathered up from home/studio, using the colours from the palette I’ve chosen. Here are the 7 I’ve created this week:
Over on Instagram on my #100daysofcuratedcolour feed, 15/100 is the favourite this week. Personally I have a sneaking fondness for 16/100 because I thought I would hate it – green is not a colour that does much for me! But I think my favourite 19/100 – I absolutely cannot resist that combination of teal and brown. Often when I run swaps, loads of people will put ‘I hate brown’ in their ‘likes and dislikes’ information, which I think is such a shame, I think brown can be so beautiful, especially when combined with blue and grey shades – and what about with that lovely pop of rusty brown/orange in the last pic! I am imagining a grey dress with an orange belt and brown jacket. Speaking of dresses, that brown polka dot fabric always reminds me of Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.
As I’m putting the palettes together I am so struck by how hard it is to find the ‘right’ shade or tone of each colour, and how important it is sometimes to get it just right. Sometimes it doesn’t matter, but other times, it looks pretty dreadful. I’m also realising what a difference it can make where I put different elements in the palette and am trying to spend more time arranging them in alternate ways, just to see what works best. And, as I mentioned last week, I continue to gain more insight into the fact that a balanced colour palette doesn’t have to have similar amounts of each colour, shade or tone. So, for example, in the last picture, the browns and greys predominate, with just a couple of blasts of the lovely orange/rust colour. I’m hoping to find time, in the week ahead, to do some reading about colour theory.. something I’ve rather put off in the past.
Enough waffle – do you have a favourite this week?