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Versatile and soothing, in a home tan can be used in healthy doses. Add a rich color to it and you're set. What are your thoughts on tan? Do you find it soothing? Or do you find it too dull?
teapot | chandelier | stool | pillow | candle vase | shell napkin | vase | sheet set
We're fortunate to have guest authors Megan Fizell & Cassandra Edlefsen share their collaborative colour series here on COLOURlovers. Their monthly colour project considers select artworks featuring one predominant colour within the context of the pigment’s history and in relation to natural edible form. Read more about the project at the bottom of this post. You can find the original articles on Feasting on Art. The one below is located here.
In the mid-16th century, Spain began importing a vibrant red pigment from the New World that was so highly sought after that the source was held as a national secret. The dye was extracted from the blood of a female cochineal, a wingless insect that lives upon the leaves of the prickly pear. The dye was so valued that in the late 18th century, a French spy by the name of Nicolas Joseph Thierry de Menonville, snuck into the Spanish territory and successively procured a living specimen. The cochineal insect is closely related to the Indo-European kermes bug. Kermes insects live upon the scarlet oak and the red dye they produce was the most expensive pigment in the middle ages and very valuable to the Romans. According to Victoria Finlay, author of Colour: travels through the paintbox, “for many cultures red is both death and life – a beautiful and terrible paradox.” The connotations this colour, often made from the blood of insects, is embodied in Claude Monet’s Still Life: Quarter of Beef. This painting of a dead animal is created – is given life – through the death of the cochineal insect; yet represents a food source that sustains life. The small canvas represents the cyclical and paradoxical nature of the colour red.
[Claude Monet, Still Life: Quarter of Beef (Nature morte : le quartier de viande vers), c.1864
oil on canvas, 24 x 33 cm, Musée d’Orsay, Paris]
Cheerful and lively best describes lemon yellow. Being that it has been a dreary and gray over here, I wanted to focus on a bright and sunny color, which is what I am longing for right about now. This color is a creative way to freshen up things in you space.
Red and gold are quiet a unique combination to me. They seem like a color combination that fits well with Christmas. I know Halloween is just around the corner but you can not help but think about Christmas when commercials are already reminding us that it is soon approaching. So, here are some Red and Gold accessories to thwart any dawdling in putting your home in a festive mood for this holiday season.
lamp | vase | napkin ring | wire creature | tray | candle | glass | chair | bowl | pillow
Autumn has finally kicked in. The days are growing shorter and shorter, and the cool crisp air is creeping in. This is such a beautiful time of year. I love watching the leaves change during this time. The colors that stand out most to me are the golden yellows and browns. Well, that goes for red and orange too, but today's colors are brown and yellow. While these colors can add the perfect touch be careful not to over utilize them, as then it might appear you've gotten yourself stuck in a time warp back to the 70's, of course if that's what you're going for then to each his own. To avoid the time warp, stick more with the yellow, as it seems in the battle of color it has won in popularity leaving brown best used with a few wooden pieces or leather chairs in a dark library or den. I hope that you enjoy some of these accessories.
leaf plate | stool | dinnerware | vase | glasses | pillow
October is here, it snuck up on us very quickly. I can remember the beginning of this year as if it was yesterday, and feel as if I was shoveling snow just a couple of months ago. I am not complaining, as I really enjoy this time of year with its crisp air and of course amazing colors. In October I automatically think of Halloween and the colors that are associated with it. For me that means orange, well, orange and black to be exact. So, I chose orange and gray for today (being that gray is basically a toned down version of black to me). These colors look rather nice when used to decorate your home this time of year, don't you think?
vase | candleholder | button pillow | poufs | coral | stones | pillow
Tan and black tend to be considered safe colors as they go with just about any other color. It think the black brings out the elegant side of tan and creates a rich complementing look. I have to say, I am loving the area rug and dinnerware set.
bedding | art | chair | rug | pillow | dinnerware | lamp | pillar holder
Blue is calming and gray is balanced and neutral, so the two together work very well. Even more so if you choose a gray with a bluish tint. The effects of using the two colors in your home are positive and create a sense of calmness, while making a statement all at once. How do you feel about the blue and gray being used together?
A pale violet with a touch of gray, Lavender is such a pleasing color. The fullness of the color comes through when grouped with white. Just as with any other color, if too much is used it can be a bit much, but just sprinkled here and there throughout your home can certainly add a nice effect.
dinnerware | curtain | pillow | chair | glassware | chandelier | stool
I thought it would be appropriate to touch on colors that are reminiscent of summer since summer is on its way out over here in the states, turquoise and yellow. Turquoise, a beautiful rich blue like the cool summer ocean and a zesty, vibrant yellow like the summer sun. They are a fun way to add color and life in your home and add a joyful mood throughout. What do you think about these two colors together? Do they seem summer-like to you?