100 Days of Curated Colour – week 6

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It’s colour time again! Making photos with colour, fabrics, threads, buttons and a few Sharpies thrown in for good measure… that’s what I’ve been doing every day for over 40 days now! I want to tell you that it’s really helping me understand colour, and how to use colours together more effectively. I hope it is, but I think it’s real value to me is as a reference library, as a starting point when inspiration is lacking, and a guide when I am trying to find the exact shade of blue for the exact shade of pink! I’m gradually uploading all the photos onto my Colour-Curated Pinterest board, if you think you’d benefit from them too.

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - lilac pink cerise cream

36/100: Design Seeds – Summer: Melting Hues

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - green yellow purple orange

37/100: Design Seeds – Flora: Flora Hues

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - blue red pink charcoal

38/100: Design Seeds – Wanderlust: Color Wander

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - green teal blue pink

39/100: Design Seeds – Summer: Air Hues

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - grey taupe blue

40/100: Design Seeds – Summer: Color Shore

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - teal blue purple olive green pink

41/100: Design Seeds – Summer: Melting Hues

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - peach cream taupe black grey blush pink

42/100: Design Seeds – Flora: Flora Tones

Can you guess the favourite this week? It was 36/100 with all those lovely lilacs, pinks and creams.. Personally my favourite is the last one. I love those subtle ice cream shades and I was really pleased that I realised that the best way to put the palette together was with just a touch of black. I have a fondness for 37 too, it’s so unusual.

I really hope you are enjoying the project (part of the #the100dayproject on Instagram) as much as I am. You can follow my updates day by day over on Instagram too at #100daysofcuratedcolour, if you want the day by day effect!

100 Days of Curated Colour – Week 3

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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:

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - blues

15/100: Design Seeds – Wanderlust: Mental Vacation

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - green

16/100: Design Seeds – Succulents: Succulent Hues

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - pink

17/100: Design Seeds – Color Collage: Color Love

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - green peach pink

18/100: Design Seeds – Maker Hues: Paper Strawberries

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - blue teal brown

19/100: Design Seeds – Nature Made: Nested Hues

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - blue purple

20/100: Design Seeds – Color Collage: Color Create

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - brown grey

21/100: Design Seeds – Winter: Color Chirp

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?

100 Days of Curated Colour – Week 2

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Wow – it’s the end of another week of Colour Curation already…! It has been a super-busy few days for me, building up to a little family party at my house to celebrate what would have been my dad’s hundredth birthday. We had a lovely time sharing memories of our lovely dad and marvelling over the growth of various children (always a thing of endless fascination!).

But in spite of all the busy-ness I managed to put together another seven colour-curated fabric and haberdashery (and a few other bits and bobs that sneak in) mood-boards for my 100 Day Project (an Instagram art project – lots of people are doing it – check out #the100dayproject). My project is #100daysofcuratedcolour (and I’m trying not to feel annoyed that someone has piggybacked on my hashtag.. grump grump):

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - pink green

8/100: Design Seeds – Wanderlust: Courtyard Hues

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - blue green lilac

9/100: Design Seeds – Spring: Spring Tones

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - red brown grey

10/100: Design Seeds – Autumn: Color Harvest

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - teal green yellow mustard

11/100: Design Seeds – Heavenly Hues: Color Heaven

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - pink blue mustard teal

12/100: Design Seeds – Color Collage

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - green mustard blue grey

13/100: Design Seeds – Makers Hues: Color Studio

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - purple peach orange

14/100: Design Seeds – Flora: Color Paradise

11/100 was the favourite this week amongst my IG followers. It’s a little bit mid-century, a little bit North-Norfolk-weekend-getaway, a little bit John-Lewis-furniture-catalogue, so I am definitely up there with the fans! I think my favourite is 10/100 though – the collection I’m calling ‘Virgina Wolf’s Drawing Room’. I am a sucker for that dusty vintage feel, that’s why I love French General so much… The Umbel fabric from Liberty is also one of my favourites, so it’s pretty irresistible to me.

This week I’m learning that it’s not just about the colours, it’s about the balance of colours in the collections. Three or four times I’ve looked at the collection I’ve put together for the photo and despaired, but added just one more piece which has brought the whole lot together. I will try and take some Before and After photos of what I mean next week. But a couple of examples from this week – 9/100 was unimpressive until I added the little purple cotton reel, and in 13/100, the grey wool was a last minute addition that seemed to bring a much needed balance. I’m learning that when I am working with a palette, you don’t have to use equal quantities of each colour. Writing that down, I feel like this should have been obvious…! But as usual with me, it’s in the doing that I’m learning. 🙂

Which is your favourite this week?