Posts Tagged ‘analogous’
I received a lot of responses on my blog on August 16th about what makes the sky blue, so I thought I would explain how the leaves turn those beautiful bright colors in the fall.
Plants use glucose as food for energy and as a building block for growing. The way plants turn water and carbon dioxide into oxygen and sugar is called photosynthesis – also called “putting together with light”. A chemical called chlorophyll helps make photosynthesis happen.
As summer comes to a close, the days get shorter. There is less light and this signals to the leaves to get ready for winter. During these days there is not enough light or water for photosynthesis and the trees need to rest and live off the food they stored during the summer. They shut down their food making process and the chlorophyll disappears. The green fades away and leaves oranges, yellows and reds. These colors were present in the leaves all along; we just couldn’t see it with the green covering it up.
The colors vary by the type of tree which is why we see colors ranging from yellow to deep purple.
Take a cue from nature’s palette and combine the colors found in fall leaves to make a warm and cozy color scheme.
Combinations of yellow, yellow orange, orange and red are perfect analogous or related color combinations that work to create a lively setting year round.
Patterns with autumn colors and autumn motifs such as leaves reinforce the fall theme but because they are nature’s decorations they are appropriate for any room and anytime of the year.