Monday, July 12, 2010
Hi everyone, it’s Lu here, and today I’m bringing you a little color inspiration from the design world. When considering this post, I turned to Pantone, a “global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries”. In December 2009, they announced the 2010 “Color of the Year” as Turquoise.
I was pleased to discover this, as I love this color! And I was really happy to bring this post to you during the summer, because for me, that’s when I most dream of turquoise. Of course, I’ll wear turquoise jewelry year round like pearls, but something about that cool color is such a welcome relief (visually) from the heat. It stands on its own, but I especially love it paired up with a few other “summery’ colors such as yellow & green. I think of sunshine and lemonade with yellow; with green, I can smell fresh cut grass & see grasshoppers jumping! And like most people, when I see striking color palettes, it gets my creativity stirring! Like SP and her magazine ads, I have a hard time seeing anything & wondering “how can I translate that in a digi-layout?” Here are a few “beauty & home fashion” items that have caught my attention…
As my background is in interior design, one of the things I’ve spent a lot of time around is paint chips. Pouring through them to find just the right color… and oh yes, one shade makes a big difference! Personally, I’ve always been captivated by the names assigned to the colors… it can really transport me, you know? And the colors that are paired together… sometimes I’ll think “Wow, that is so unusual, I never would have thought to put that together.” Other times, I”ll think, “Wow, that’s is so unusual… I never would have put that together!” LOL! Anyway, I thought it would be fun to emulate those paint chips to support my turquoise color study and this is my combination!
On the color “palette”, I assigned each color the kit name that I had pulled from for inspiration. I thought this might be a fun starting point to inspire ya’ll to create a layout utilizing these stimulating and oh-so-compatible colors. They play nicely together, don’t you think? You don’t have to necessarily use these kits, there were quite a few that I could have worked from, in varying shades. These kits just worked best for my layout, as you’ll see below:
If you’d like to learn more about Pantone and the full article of the 2010 Color of the Year, you’ll find it here. I found it to be very informational & interesting. Well, that’s it for me today, but if you’ve been “inspired by turquoise”, please let us see what you come up with… reply back in the comments with a link to your layout in the gallery. Happy Scrappin’!