With the slow arrival of spring and some much appreciated warmer temperatures I have been noticing personal colour choices heating up as well. The dull grey-black-brown of a Canadian winter wardrobe is finally giving way to some refreshing jolts of brilliance. In one downtown block I saw an orange dress, a soft pink scarf and a turquoise overcoat. Tomorrow I am hoping for at least one yellow umbrella - it is April after all.
At Simply Colour Confident we spend a lot of time thinking about individual colours. But it is pattern season - so what does that mean? I recently saw a local retailer advertising the “Riot of Spring Colours Arriving”. I know instinctively that means a happy, multi-coloured burst of blooms.
Working with patterns of colour and shape immediately complicates the meaning of each, adding layers of interest and opportunity. There is typically a dominant colour within each pattern and thus it’s meaning will take center stage. Anything used alongside it will then provide support, toning down or balancing the power of the first. Multi-coloured patterns provide lots of visual movement - even when they are still - and tend to make things look larger because they attract attention. This is true both in fashion and home decor.
Sometimes it can be difficult to make the switch to brighter colours after a comfortable nesting period. A good way to ease the transition is in small doses of colour around you. A vase of flowers on the table or a bright scarf around your neck will do the trick.
Just like individual colours, the choice of a pattern is very personal. Often full of dynamic action, it quickly introduces a spark to an outfit or a room. Pattern is usually much too complicated for a home staging environment, where clear calm intention is needed. In high end exclusive design, pattern is instead replaced by subtle textures and monochromatic spaces.
Overall, does this mean pattern is fun? Cheerful? Exciting? Maybe even a bit cheeky?
A resounding YES!
It’s been a long winter. Soon enough the garden too will be filled with much more than just green. I’m ready. Are you?