Flickr user Robertspeg sent me a lovely little note a few days ago that I’d like to share with you since it gave me a few thoughts on orange that I’ll mention below. She begins, “I loved your orange post today. Orange is a color I never thought I would use in decorating. Then a couple of years ago, I found I really loved it with pink. Now I use it all the time.”
Peggy is right, orange doesn’t always “click” with everyone at first, at least until they spot it mingled with colors they do love. Eureka! A feeling of surprise sets in, orange suddenly becomes your new best friend. Peggy adds that for her, there was a certain something that she had to do to make orange click in her apartment, “I painted the walls white and now I find I use orange, blue and pink constantly. I never thought I would use such a strange color combination.” And it works, as you can clearly see from Peggy’s photos above.
Orange looks great with pink, also with blue (remember this mood board from Starlee Matz?), and of course, green and cocoa brown, too. They all work nicely together in nature, which is where a lot of designers draw their inspiration, so of course they’ll work indoors, too.
Consider the colors of the desert, the coast, a sunset, or those in your flower garden. When I see color combinations in nature that interest me, I photograph it and save for future reference, as these often inspire my own work. Even if you don’t consider yourself a shutterbug, purchase a digital camera and carry it with you at all times. Just the other day, I saw the most beautiful whitetail and I asked my husband to photograph it (I wasn’t patient enough to chase it as he was!) because it was so pretty – the gorgeous blue body combined with silvery gray wings with cocoa accents. It made me think of a room where the key color is blue, accented with gray and of course, some cocoa and silver.
Artists have looked to nature for inspiration over the centuries, so when decorating your home, look to color combinations outdoors as your guide and let them ignite your creative spark. With every photo I take, I’m stopping to “smell the roses” and it feels so good. Not only am I looking for terrific color combinations, but in the process I discover beautiful little creatures, flowers, plants, all that I may have missed otherwise.
Maybe this weekend, you can carry your camera with you and snap some photos of terrific color combinations in nature? It’s a fun study and will most definitely fire up your imagination. You’ll be surprised to see what you find. :)
(images from robertspeg)
Jenn wrote to me this morning and I was completely thrilled to learn that she’s brand new to the Boston art scene. Fantastic! Fresh blood! Her bright, modern paintings incorporate lots of organic shapes that I find completely captivating, and her color palette is gorgeous. I also like that her website shows the art living in a an actual space, and the extra deep canvas she works on. I love chunky paintings like this, and these organic shapes against bright backgrounds… Swoon!
Isn’t her work so completely vibrant and alive? I predict that this lady has a bright future ahead of her, her designs really appeal to lots of different people. You can purchase her original paintings over on her website (priced between $50-200), along with her giclee prints ($39), or you can visit her etsy store, it just launched last week and is fully stocked with prints that you’ll definitely enjoy browsing. P-2007-4, P-2007-17, P-2007-14, and P-2007-2 are a few of my faves.
Psst: This girl is a blogger, too.
(images from jenn ski)
Print & Pattern consistently blogs the best finds! I haven’t mentioned her lately, but if you’re new to decor8 and haven’t explored the Print & Pattern blog, then please do. The lady behind the blog lives in London and works in the design industry – textiles, I think. She recently featured Isa Form, a Swedish illustrator (real name: Isabelle Norman) that allows you to select the text, colors, and frame for any of the designs shown on her website. She’ll then transform it into a print just for you. I enjoy her illustrative style and think you will, too.
(images from isa form)