‘Tis the Season—for Nature-Based Spring Color Palettes!

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We can usually agree that “nature” is the best inspiration for inspired color palettes. But that’s a broad topic! So for purposes of this post about color inspirations, I’ll stick to what is right underfoot, literally.

It seems that every time I go out for a walk—whether to the beach, a local path, just ‘around town,’ or via a sweeping vista of fields—I love to look around with color palettes in mind. This usually involves being inspired to take some pictures and reflect on relative colors and how they might be used. Or, simply, just open my eyes to the color-view that they land on, and just see the objects and landscapes from an abstract, colorist perspective instead of something more literal.

Starting with something that has a more far-away focus, the sky and land in a sweeping panorama, these two are not the more pastel kinds of colors we typically think of as “Spring.” Yet, there it is…new growth.

Translated to simpler colors:

Large field view

Clouds and ocean beyond the bands of colorful plants.

 

Color grasses

A closer view in a similar color range.

 

new buds and flowers

New buds and flowers are a little brighter here.

 

Beautiful colors and textures.

What a beautiful, bountiful array of colors and textures in this in-ground bouquet.

 

Tonal Grasses

Grasses have their own “tonal excitement.” It’s even better when they move in the breeze. The lightest tips are almost iridescent.

 

Grasses are colorful.

A few steps down the path, a different color look entirely. Warm and nurturing, earthy colors offer a sense of security at any time of year. The light ochre and ivory in both these grassy colors can be either main color or accent.

 

beautiful leaves.

These delightful little leaves are waiting with open arms for the buds to arrive. The soft blue-green and yellow add a fresh, bright appearance that makes this color group a very liveable one.

 

Buds to become flowers

Close up, these little buds almost look like mini-succulents.  The soft pinky-coral of the buds makes the green tones stand out even more. The groups of buds will turn into…

 

White flowers from buds.

Creamy color of these almost-white flowers! Note the nearby buds. Deep earthy brown; tonal greens; ivory – together make a lovely palette. Pay attention to your proportions and intensity of colors when you actually apply this color group.

 

Shocking Pink.

Amid the lower intensity colors, a shock of beautiful pinks wakes up the morning!

More color palettes to come!

A note about color use and modification
 I’m not suggesting that you take these palettes literally or try to apply the colors as entire rooms or even walls. Think of them more as an interesting harmony, that you can use in various proportions and even in deeper, or lighter, or brighter versions of the same colors than are shown here. Take the colors from one group and inject one or two from another one. Granted, that takes a different kind of practice but just give it a shot and see what you can come up with to create the feeling that is portrayed.

Meanwhile, please feel free to submit your comments and pictures of how you might use or have used these types of colors in your own spaces or client projects. I look forward to hearing from you.


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2 Responses to “‘Tis the Season—for Nature-Based Spring Color Palettes!”

  1. Margit Zsedely

    Great nature pictures with suggested colors. You are in the right place.
    My Instagram is @myobservations – posted a lot of flowers lately but my main concern is color and textures.
    I posted your color color story for the season on twitter @MargitColors

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