2/17/09

Color Study





It seems our house is split down the middle when it comes to color schemes. The living room, dining room/studio are mostly pinks, whites, yellows, greens, wood tones, and a little black for good measure. Our bedrooms, however, are mostly filled with yellows, greens, blues, whites, and blacks. The kitchen has the bedroom colors with a little orange thrown in for variation and the bathroom is mostly white, acid green and black. The common element seems to be the green. It is the color that both calms and excites me. It feels safe and fresh at the same time.

I'm trying to make myself more aware of my color combinations as I experiment with handmade items this year. I love bright colors but I want to learn how to mix in those subtle shades that make the mix look more sophisticated, mature and unexpected. Downloading images from the web for reference has been helpful when I need some direction as well as sites like ColorCombos that do the work for you. I also resort back to my flickr favorites to see what caught my eye on any given day. A few examples:

Found via Daintytime.


Found via Lovedaylemon.



Found via Dottieangel.



Found via Supercapacity.

Hoping you're finding inspiration from your surroundings as we wait for the flowers to show up.

~Rachel

19 comments:

katie said...

ooooh! thanks for posting this! i've been thinking about different colors to decorate my house in, and i looooove your home. so this is perfect. :)

<3katie

Jessica G. said...

this is wonderful! i'm a big fan of green as well♥

Jessica said...

i think this is great! and i couldnt help but notice that your blog header is the same color scheme. i love the green, blue, yellow, black color scheme. so great.

alittlebitofscrap said...

The last pic you posted, I just purchased silk yarn to make myself a scarf with those exact colors :)

Amber said...

love the one by dottieangel!! So pretty! Well, I think I love them all, actually....

Kate said...

I love the colors you have in your house, and I love that they are sort of united with green. Thanks for sharing!

anne esquibel said...

I can't wait for those flowers! I definitely got some inspiration going on with painting. :)

Six Gun x

mrs boo radley said...

What a comfy beautiful bed! I love how mustard yellow makes everything so springy.

Mandi said...

Oh man, I love those chairs!

Liz V. said...

Green IS such a calming comforting color! That is so neat how it connects your house, and how each room has some green in it, but other colors too that go together nicely. :]

Alicia said...

Love that green blanket with the ball fringe! And thanks for the link to the color combinations website!!

Erin Conrad said...

I feel the exact same way about green. I love so many colors and my house proves it, but green is exactly what you said...it unites, calms and excites. You are brilliant! :)

julio n carla said...

love the combos! and i'm def going to check out your flickr faves! need lots of inspo for my spring redecorating of our home! yay! thanks!

kt_kthx said...

I don't know if you ever went to art school, and I'm not making any judgements whatsoever because I find your color schemes to be fabulous. But you would definitely enjoy and even benefit from taking a 2D color course! Or even check out some books on the subject. I used to use a lot of out-of-the-tube colors in my illustrations, but since I've taken 2D and opened my mind to more color choices I can never get bored anymore!!

twinklescrapbooks said...

I love your blog. That is all. :)

RachelDenbow said...

Thanks kt_ktthx for the 2D color course suggestion. I think I'll see what the library has on the subject.

I always wanted to take art classes in college but there was never any room in my schedule. Once I got into a beginning painting class but then had to change it due to another class change for my major.

Steve Rodli said...

Hi Rachel, thanks for posting your FAVES...if you ever get over to mine you'll recognize some of the ones you have, anna maria honer for one. Between her, amy butler and heather bailey and some oldies I would be beyond happy. Working on a little 6 1/2 plus x 6 1/2 plus houndstooth pillow, just HAD to do something! Happy happies. Joyce

carrie said...

The first quilt is so nice. I know I've seen those fabrics before. DO you mind letting me know where they are from? Thanks.

julochka said...

rachel--you really have a great eye for color. :-)