I’m so glad you’re here. Really. Truly. My kids aside, there is little in life that makes me as happy as color.
From my earliest days, I’ve been surrounded by and drawn to color (thanks Mom!) but it wasn’t until 2004 when I attended a three day workshop with Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone color institute, that I gave myself permission to embrace and surround myself with the colors I LOVE most of all. I can honestly say that since this time I have been a happier, more authentic person. Color is that powerful.
Every Friday on this i Love Color page, I will (with the help of Dani and Allison) bring you a new combination of colors–colors that have been gathered from all over the web to delight and inspire you. Each combination will come with a challenge that you can tailor to your needs, interest and available time.
So … stop back by tomorrow so you can head into the weekend with colors to think about and use in your creative expressions.
As an extra BONUS for our first day together, here’s the line up of the TOP TEN Pantone colors for fall …
These colors acknowledge the major issue of our day — the recession. They are muted and therefore more thoughtful and comfortable. The more somber neutrals enjoy a touch of patriotism and a mix of lighter colors that infuse the palette with the optimism and hope for a return to full economic vitality. For more information on each of the colors in this fall forecast, click here.
It’s always been fascinating to me the role that colors, especially in combination play in setting a tone for an entire economy or time period in history. And even if you’re only fascinated in fashion trends — know that you can use these colors to add a sweater and scarf to your fall wardrobe and be RIGHT ON!
Here’s some advice from Tim Gunn:
“Don’t shy away from color. Color
is not only a great and budget-
conscious way to update your
wardrobe, it is a wonderful pick-me-
up. A couple of tips to keep in mind
when shopping for color:
• Color reads best in quality fabrics,
hues appear richer and more
vibrant in fine wools, cottons and
silks. I am a firm believer that if you
invest in a few good pieces now,
you will benefit for years to come.
• Be mindful when choosing color.
You can’t just admire the color of
a garment on a hanger or on your
friend, the color must be right for
you. Your skin-tone and hair color
both come into play. If you like a
color and you are unsure, my
advice —try it on!”
Note: Friends of Big Picture Scrapbooking might remember that we used to feature a weekly color combination on the website. I have long wanted a place to share ongoing color inspiration and stacyjulian.com is now this place. Remember that BPS classes and workshops are a WONDERFUL laboratory for experimenting with color, wherever you find it.