Today I have not one but three yummy autumn/fall inspired colour palettes to share with you as part of the 'Celebrate Color' festivities. As you know I've been gathering lots of inspiring seasonal pins over on my Pinterest boards and have noticed three disctinct trends forming - 'Earthy neutrals', 'Seasonal brights' and 'Dark & cosy nights'...
I'm having a real love affair with all shades of grey at the moment and am drawn to it's variety, whether it is tinged with mauve, slate, sage or taupe. I'm loving the earthy-ness of it. Although it can often be a colour associated with austere concrete environments for example, here it doesn't feel cold to me. By picking out the warm putty pinks from the Cath Kidston photo shoot, the ochre petals of Jane B*'s delicate photography and adding the pop of citrine and teal from Cox & Cox's pumpkin baubles it makes they grey feel warmer and more inviting just like those traditional tweedy fabrics.
Of course I will always love these traditional autumn shades too, they are some of my all time favourites after all! Have I ever mentioned that I love teal and mustard together? Okay, that will be the zillionth time then? I guess the trick with this palette is to find a new angle, whether it is the combination or proportion of colours you work with or challenging yourself to introduce a shade that you wouldn't normally consider. The top row in this palette really appeals to me, as does the second and last coloumns, but they are kind of predictable and feel 'safe' to me. However the last row looks a wee bit more challenging. At first glance I wouldn't think of using such a buttey yellow with navy, it's just not me. But when mixed with that lovely warm pink, the dark taupe and ochre it brings them together. Hmmm, now I'm wondering if I have these colours in my yarn stash for a wee bit of experimenting?
Oh yes, more deep dark shades of delicious greys! This time with sunset reds, russet, pinks and peach with a gorgeous pop of bright turquoise to lift this whole palette out of the duldrums. There's something quite indulgent about this palette and these beautiful images. I can't help but think of those dark autumn nights when all you want to do is wrap yourself up in a cosy blanket. Maybe with a spot of knitting or crochet or other wee crafting project, maybe with a (large) glass of red wine and a bar of your favourite chocolate or whatever your preferred tasty treat might be? All the while sat by by an open fire (Amy Merrick's floral arrangement reminds me of just that!). Haha, yes! Entirely self indulgent and probably something most of us don't have the time for but seriously need to make time for!
Oh, and remember there are a whole new bunch of fabulous prizes up for grabs at the end of October as part of Celebrate Color. Head on over to the main Celebrate Color page to find out more and to submit your crafty projects to be in with a chance of winning. There's also lots of inspiration and new tutorials being added regularly, such as this cute wee Felt Leaf Garland by Maureen Cracknell, definitely well worth a visit if you are in need of a wee bit of crafty inspiration!