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May 11, 2011

Color Inspiration

Truthfully, I’m starting to freak out a little bit. I’ve been concentrating on defining this challenge and forming this blog that it only just hit me what I’ve signed up for. Folks, I have a little over 20 weeks to come up with a concept for my wardrobe and actually make it! This means no more procrastinating… let’s get started. I think the first step is to explore my color palette.

One of my favorite daily reads is Color Collective. Blogger Lauren Willhite puts together color palettes based on inspiration she finds in pictures and I think it’s a must read for anyone interested in color. Here are a few of my favorites that Lauren has put together. Clicking on the link below each palette will take you to Lauren’s blog and the picture that inspired the scheme.

Palette #1

Palette #1 is probably the most “me” of the three that I chose. I can certainly envision outfits based on these colors and the green silk/cotton skirt that I’m working on would go perfectly as my first piece. However, I’m concerned that I wouldn’t be challenging myself enough by selecting this palette. Should that even be a concern?

Palette #2

I love this palette and the inspiration photo just screams fall. I have a feeling though, that I’d feel washed out with a wardrobe made primarily from these colors and I’m not sure how it would translate through the winter. Tough one because I do love those nudes.

Palette #3

Words cannot express how I feel about this palette! For my own use, I may take deeper tones for the green and possibly for the pink as well. But otherwise it looks incredibly versatile and I can see myself wearing and feeling beautiful in each of the colors. My one concern is the lack of options for pants. I’m short (5’1) and have always felt uncomfortable in colored pants. I just don’t think it’s a very flattering look on my figure. Would the cream and brown give me enough options? Something to consider.

Another source for color inspiration is, of course, Pantone. Lee Eiseman, executive director of Pantone, wrote an article for WSAToday on Fall 2011 color trends. I’m particularly drawn towards what Eiseman referred to as “human coloring”. Palette #2 and #3 from Color Collective certainly reflect this trend.

I also have my eye on the ColorSchemer Studio 2. From what I understand it’s software for creating color palettes but I’d love to get my hands on it to actually understand what it does. Have you used the Color Schemer Studio? What do you think of it?


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