Choosing A Color Palette

Choosing A Color Palette

I have been having some fun! No, I haven’t been doing my Christmas decorating like many of you (but I did gather up some inspiration photos for those of you who are decorating already, you can find it here). I really wanted to get my holiday stuff out, but instead of getting my boxes down from the attic my husband decided to clean out the garage. What? He hasn’t cleaned the garage in about four years! Sigh. Oh well. You must take advantage of their motivation to organize, so I guess we will postpone decorating day. I didn’t want to go in the attic alone, you never know what critters might be in there.

Meanwhile, I found a nifty gadget via my new friend Pam from Housemartin blog and soon to be shop Ink & Peat. It is a color palette generator. And I thought some of you might enjoy it too. I’ll do a little demonstration in a minute.

I have also been wanting to share some really beautiful nature photos with you all from another new friend Paula at Neutral Dwelling. Do pay her a visit sometime and tell her how beautiful her photos are, she is a very sweet person and has a great blog, too! I had mentioned at one point that I really needed to get some fungi on my blog, because if you are really hip (which I am not so much) you like fungi in decorating. I didn’t want to be left out of the fungi group. I have learned about fungi decorating from my other friend Vanessa. She always has the best fungi. Anyways, Paula came to the fungi rescue and sent me these beautiful photos to share! So, now, I too have fungi. Thanks Paula! I’m so hip!

 

Choosing A Color Palette

Choosing A Color Palette

I think these photos are beautiful, nature is always so inspiring. Selecting colors from nature can be a great way to choose a color palette. God did such a nice job with His colors, no? We can learn a lot by studying how color works in nature.

For those of you ready to choose a color scheme for a room, website, or are wanting to try something new with your holiday colors, you can use a color generator tool to help in the sometimes daunting process. You just plug in the url of any photo you love and it will give you a complementary color palette. From there you could choose room colors, fabrics, or even holiday decorations that would be inspired by your favorite photo.

To tie in the fungi, just for fun, let’s use it as a basis for a color palette. To demonstrate, check this out! You’ll have to go to the color generator website to try it for yourself, but here is my attempt. If I loved fungi, I could plug in the following photo and voila, a color palette emerges (actually two, one is dull and one is more vibrant). That way you can have rooms that are inspired by things you love!

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dull
Choosing A Color Palette #443333
Choosing A Color Palette #996666
Choosing A Color Palette #bbaa66
Choosing A Color Palette #ccccaa
Choosing A Color Palette #887788
vibrant
Choosing A Color Palette #553322
Choosing A Color Palette #cc4433
Choosing A Color Palette #eeaa11
Choosing A Color Palette #ffeeaa
Choosing A Color Palette #aa88aa

Isn’t that cool? It is just plain fun. Here are some other internet sites that are helpful to use in choosing color schemes, understanding the psychology of color, emotion associated with color, and other interesting paint and color tidbits.

www.colorschemer.com

www.behr.com

www.paintquality.com

www.colormatters.com

www.colourlovers.com

Colourlovers.com was really fun. They had some beautiful bird photos people had submitted and made color schemes for. Check this one out:

 

Choosing A Color Palette

Choosing A Color Palette

I believe this bird photo is also part of a flickr set from Dailyville

Isn’t that bird gorgeous? There were tons of color schemes made from birds. They were just stunning to look at. I love birds. And fungi. All the cool stuff God made.Fungi photos used by permission. Copyright Neutral Dwelling.

Sweet Escape: Christmas

Sweet Escape: Christmas

Greetings! Now that our bellies are full of turkey and mashed potatoes, and the memory of dead giraffes and mouse remains are behind us (well, the smell lingers on, but nothing a few gas masks and candles can’t handle) we in the U.S. can join everyone else and fully turn our attention to Christmas! Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray! While doing a little research, I found some holiday inspiration for those of you pulling out all your decorations this weekend!

Last week we looked at some unique holiday lights, and if you missed it, the week before we looked at some easy garland to make. Now let’s look at some ideas for themes and trees in general.

So sit back and drink in the inspiration as we fully escape today into Christmas! All of these photos came from Better Homes & Gardens online except where noted.

The top photo (above) shows a cute idea for a white tree, tie on colorful Christmas candies! This would be so cute in an entry or kitchen.

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A red & white theme always works for Christmas.

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A simply decorated tree works for country & contemporary themes.

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Warm greens & whites are a holiday look that is easy to accomplish.

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Play up contrasts for more interesting holiday compositions

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Coordinate your holiday colors with your every day colors for a pleasing and festive look

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Repeat color and shapes for bolder statements

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Combine a mostly white scheme with hints of color, and use over scale decorations

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Organic elements make beautiful decorations combined with ribbon

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Fill in with florals and sparkling shiny leaves

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Make your own decorations using cookie cutters (photo from Martha Stewart online.)

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Play with horizontal and vertical lines and vary sizes of ornaments

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Be unique! Here they added frames, lampshades, mirrors and topped the tree with a chandelier!

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Think beyond a star, try feathers or a pheasant tree topper!

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Or try making a topper from things you have in your craft supplies!

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Use vintage ornaments in new ways. Try putting dowels in tree toppers to create centerpieces.

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Put trees on table tops to give some visual drama or elevate a smaller tree to more important status.

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White trees with colored ornaments can be a fun change.

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Don’t forget to decorate outside! These laminated paper stars make an outdoor tree festive.

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