Posts Tagged ‘nature’

One of the most popular motifs in design are flowers and picking the right colors involving them is limitless. Whether you choose a pattern that is graphic or use actual flowers, remember there is more than one way to express yourself. For example, this graphic floral has many colors and possible combinations that can be based on simple neutrals or bright combinations. Take your pick from these bouquets.














The real thing has millions of color options; try just a few for a colorful space.













All flowers have leaves and leaves are a strong trend as nature continues to be a strong influence on design. This graphic has so many color choices that it is hard to pick just two. I managed to stop myself at three before I got carried away.




Red is back in fashion, but saying red is back is crazy since red is classic and never goes out of style. The little red dress is hot right now and the color red is still popular for an accent in all areas of the home. Add one red wall to a boring dining or living room and spark up the whole color scheme.

Red is being used on kitchen cabinets in a high gloss finish. It also is seen on the front door to welcome guests.  Red has some interesting companions these days. Look for it paired up with orange and yellow, which are also popular colors this year.

The addition of a bright red pillow to a boring beige sofa can make the difference in a neutral scheme. Red is perfect for dark browns and taupes as splash of color.

But brown is not the only neutral that red works with.  The popular new gray neutrals also make good companions when paired with bright red.

Red is a sensual color; it speaks of romance and drama. It is the color of warning and has a very powerful aura. Red is a color used for weddings in Asia, for all things Spanish in Spain and Mexico, and a key part of South American culture. Red is a very common element in national flags as well as sports’ teams so to say it has come back is ludicrous. Enjoy the red movement. t will cheer you up and give new life to a color scheme.

What color is your ocean? Most of us think of water as being blue, but in actuality, it reflects the color of the sky.

Clear, clean water is just that; it is clear and clean like drinking water. But even water that comes from your tap when placed in a deep tub or container, appears to have a green or blue green cast. The color of water is a subject of both scientific study and popular misconception. While relatively small quantities of water are observed by humans to be colorless, pure water has a slight blue tint that becomes a deeper blue as the thickness of the observed sample increases. The blue hue of water is an intrinsic property and is caused by selective absorption and scattering of white light. Impurities dissolved or suspended in water may give water different colored appearances.

The aqua green color of the tropical oceans is a favorite for most people. This is why swimming pool paint is this hue. It takes us away to favorite places.

This ocean palette is from Color Guild’s Colour Canvas 2012 color card, available at many Color Guild members’ stores. You can locate a store by logging onto

Another factor that influences the color of the water is the color that lies on the bottom of a body of water. Sandy bottomed oceans make water appear to be lighter in the shallows. Other factors that affect the color of water are plant life, both microscopic and large. Chlorophyll pigments in the ocean and other bodies of water absorb light and the plants themselves scatter light. Together these can make some parts of the ocean to appear green to blue green.

Swamp water is slow to move and therefore it cannot transport plant life and soils to clean the water. Mangrove swamps produce tannin that make the water look like coffee.

I live on a lake that was once a stream. It was dammed downstream and flooded farmland making the lake bottom muck. Muck is mostly black and brown soil combined with clay to make a soft base. The lake appears to be brown in some areas and green in others.

You can see why color is like a chameleon. It changes and evolves and is still one of the most common attractions for humans. When asked where you would like to live or go to as a vacation destination, it usually involves water; a lake, ocean or swimming pool.











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.