Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Blue: An Unexpected Fall Color


Typically we think of fall colors as orange, red, yellow, brown, and gold. Combining these colors in our decorating or wardrobe will create a really nice autumnal palette. But what about blue?


Most people don't mention blue as a favorite fall color. But when we take a closer look, we can see that blue is actually a very pleasant choice for fall.


When two colors are directly across from each other on the color wheel, we call them complimentary. Notice how Christmas colors red and green are complimentary colors. No wonder we like to see them together. Now, take a look at orange. Its complimentary color is blue. We like it. Our minds find complimentary colors to be pleasing.

The key to using blue is using a shade that matches the brightness and intensity of the orange you are using. For example, burnt orange with dusty blue, teal with tangerine, or navy blue with pumpkin orange. If you aren't sure which blue to use with which orange, you can find very detailed color wheels on the internet. You can even buy one at an art supply store.

It's okay to change things up a bit and use orange with blue. This is your official permission slip to do so. Just because big box stores haven't caught onto this fabulous color combo, doesn't mean that you can't go ahead and use it in your home or wardrobe this fall. Here are just a few examples of why I think blue is a wonderful addition to fall:

Source: Centsational Girl HERE
Source: Real Simple HERE
Source: Country Living HERE
Source: Celebrating Everyday Life HERE
Source: The Perfect Palette HERE.
Source: Porter House Designs HERE
Source: Pocketful of Dreams HERE.
Source: Shelterness HERE
Source: Basketbike HERE. 
Source: Creature Comforts Blog HERE
I'd love to hear what you think of blue as a fall color. Leave me a comment or even a picture of how you incorporated it into your decorating.

1 comment:

  1. Great ideas Abby. Certainly I never would have thought of blue complimenting the traditional fall colors so well.

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