My friend Filigree on the Writer’s Water Cooler posted a blog the other day on her favorite colors. It got me to thinking about some of my own favorites and what they make me think about.
The color schemes reminds me that nothing is as simple as it seems. Even the simplest of designs takes practice to execute.
Golds and Browns
Golds and browns remind me of Autumn, one of my favorite times of the year. The grasses turn golden, the leaves change and there’s this feeling of waiting for winter. But it’s a happy time, at least for me.
Golds and browns are rich colors in my head. They signify wealth and prosperity. They are the bags of wheat stored in the mill or ready for market.
I commonly use golds as accents, not wanting to overwhelm a piece with the color. However, there are exceptions (see right).
Greens are spring colors. Life colors. Colors that prove that the sun comes up every day. Colors that prove that everything keeps going, even if you don’t want to.
This is another color I don’t use enough. There’s action and life in a piece that utilizes greens. As such, I tend to use greens in a more organic and flowing styles.
Of all the colors, blues are my favorites. They can be calming. They can be cold. They can signify the sky in both the day and night.
Like greens, they are life colors, but I don’t use them sparingly. Many of my works contain blues and I have boxes of various hues at home.
Reds – oranges – yellows
Of all the colors, these are the ones I use the least, although I think about them the most. I love watching fire, how the colors run into each other and disappear.
These are demanding colors. They get attention. For me, designing with these colors in mind means I have to step forward; be more. And that’s what I’m starting to do.
So what colors do you use most often and why?