Color Inspiration from the Scottish Highlands

Color Inspiration from the Scottish Highlands


The Scottish Highlands are one of the most sparsely populated regions in Europe and are popularly described as the most scenic. The winding roads guide travelers and residents alike through purple-speckled mountain ranges, tall forests, rolling hills and along lake sides.

heather shrub

Like Ireland, the Highlands are lush with green grasses, but also see a number of colorful shrubs. Most commonly purple, heather -- a type of perennial shrub -- sweeps the area, from mountain tops to roadsides, also appearing in a range from white to pink, and sometimes even red, contrasting with the surrounding green meadows and forests. Although they may brown, the heathers' flowers don't necessarily fall. Other shrubs that sweep the Scottish Highlands range from grey to brown and green to yellow, but when the rain comes, the hills are alive with a vivid green.

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Beautiful Color in Nature:  Frogs and Toads

Beautiful Color in Nature: Frogs and Toads


They probably aren't something you immediately think of when thinking of beautiful colors in nature... but from poison arrows to woodland dwellers, the world of frogs and toads is loaded with color. Used as camouflage or a warning of toxicity, the ranges seem unlimited. A COLOURlover, fazai38 used them for inspiration and created some great color palettes...

18 Colorful Frogs, Toads & Amphibian Fun Facts

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green and black poison dart frog   BlackSpot Green Frog

Despite being called 'poisonous,' only a few frogs carry enough poison to kill a human, and they wouldn't actively seek out a human. The poisons would only affect the human in contact with them if handled or eaten.

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Color Inspiration from Mediterranean Style

Color Inspiration from Mediterranean Style


From coastal villas to Renaissance palaces, the countries that span the northern coast of the Mediterranean Sea have one thing in common: Style. Looking closely at these beautiful buildings, what makes them especially beautiful are their colors. Cool white walls, warm red tiles, strong blue accents...

Costa del Sol

coastal villa   

Borrowing color from the surrounding sea and sky as inspiration, the Mediterranean has an abundance of deep blues, teals, and tans, but lavenders and greens sneak their way in through the flora of the area. Perhaps in contrast, or for a gentle blend, the homes along the coast at least seem to blend in with the greens and yellows of the surrounding forests, grasslands, shrublands, and scrublands. Perhaps it's the grape fields of Tuscany that bring a love for all things soft and warm to the eye. Even the inner cities of Turkey are characterised by light stone buildings. While many Grecian coastal homes are purely white, some of them have roofs like Spanish homes, can have a yellowed color, and have a stucco finish. The curved tiles on the rooftops tend to be brown or orange traditionally, but can be seen in green commonly.

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Color in Science: The Moon

Color in Science: The Moon


The Moon and the Earth have had a strange relationship for longer than we can understand. It has even been debated that, rather than a planet-moon relationship, it's really more of a double planet situation. Aside from that, given the Moon's dull grey, it somehow manages to appear in a range of colors while reflecting a very small amount of light.

full moon

The Moon reflects only 7% of the light it receives from the sun, and despite being flat, dull grey, the moon can appear pure white and extremely bright. The colour comes into play with the atmosphere. Because of the same light scattering principles involved in making the sky blue (the scattering and separation of the visible light spectrum leaving only blue), the moon can appear as red, orange, or yellow when rising because of how the atmosphere scatters the light.

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Landmark Colors:  The Painted Desert, Arizona

Landmark Colors: The Painted Desert, Arizona


The Painted Desert stretches itself across Arizona from the Grand Canyon to the Petrified Forest, and runs along and to the north of the Little Colorado and the Puerco Rivers. Although the Navajo and the Hopi people have lived in this area for one thousand years at least, the name 'Painted Desert' was given by the Spaniards because of its beautifully colored strata.

Colorful Bands

painted desert clay layers

The colors of the desert are layers upon layers of strata comprised of minerals and organic decaying material, both plants and animals. These hardened dunes, mesas, and buttes can be found through out the badlands, and are distinct because of their bold bands of red, orange, yellow, and grey. Even more dramatic, sunrise and sunrise paint the desert even bolder with glowing reds and oranges, and twilight seizes the strata with its deep blues.

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Color Guide to Staying Healthy and Eating Right

Color Guide to Staying Healthy and Eating Right


According to nutritionists, naturally color-vibrant foods serve an important role in keeping you healthy and even reducing cancer risks. Antioxidants and phytochemicals, which are found in fruits in vegetables, have been noted to significantly reduce cancer risks. Beta carotine and lycopene can help protect cells from damage.

The American Cancer Society still warns that there is no single substance or food that will ward off illness, but the latest preventative answer seems to be in five servings of fruits and vegetables each day.

All the science talk can be intimidating... so we've created a visual guide to help show you which fruits and vegetables are part of a colorful, healthy diet.

The Colors of a Healthy Diet

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Color in Science: Is My Blood Really Blue?

Color in Science: Is My Blood Really Blue?


You probably learned your basic human anatomy sometime around grade school. Textbooks said your blood was red and a scraped knee on the playground confirmed it. We bleed red because of hemoglobin, an iron-containing protein that carries oxygen throughout the body. Hemoglobin is comprised of iron, which oxidizes as red like rust, causing our blood to be bright red when oxygen rich. So...

Why Are My Blood Veins Blue?

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32+ Common Color Names for Easy Reference

32+ Common Color Names for Easy Reference


Are you tired of the other kids at Summer Color Camp laughing at you because you thought chartreuse was a shade of pink? Still having nightmares about the time you called a Salmon colored dress Mauve? With our help you'll never call Azure, Aquamarine again and will be name dropping colors like they're hot potatoes.

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Our guide isn't an exact science, depending on our monitor color calibration, brightness and even how good our eyes are... we all see a slightly different color. So, we took the color names that are used most often and best guessed the appropriate colors based on web standards and common usage.

Ivory

 
HEX:#FFFFF0RGB:255, 255, 240CMYK: 1, 0, 6, 0

Find Color Palettes Using Ivory

Beige

 
HEX:#F5F5DCRGB:245, 245, 220CMYK: 1, 0, 24, 0

Find Color Palettes Using Beige

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Color Inspiration from Ales, Lagers & Stouts: Beer!

Color Inspiration from Ales, Lagers & Stouts: Beer!


Beer is the world's oldest and most popular alcoholic beverage. It is produced by the fermentation of sugars derived from starch-based material—the most common being malted barley; however wheat, corn, and rice are also widely used, usually in conjunction with the barley.

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We chose several beers of different types and found colors that were warm browns and golden yellows, even some amber reds and oranges... while even serving some deep, rich browns in the darker beers.

 

Ale

Ale is a type of beer brewed from barley malt with a top-fermenting brewers yeast that ferments quickly, giving a sweet, full body and a fruity, and sometimes butter-like, taste. Most ale contains some herb or spice, usually hops, which imparts a bitter, herbal flavor which balances the malt sweetness. As an appellative ale means any top-fermented beverage made from malt. Many types of ale inclue pale ale, brown ale, dark ale, Belgian ale, German ale, and cream ale.

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India Pale Ale 

India Pale Ale

India Pale Ale is a distinct style of beer and is characterized as a sparkling pale ale with a high level of alcohol and hops; the hops lending it a distinct bitterness.

IPA

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Color Inspiration: Where Did You Come From?

Color Inspiration: Where Did You Come From?


Because of the influx of immigrants to the United States since the very first ships carrying pilgrims arrived, it seems that people always think of their origin countries first, even three or four generations after their families have arrived. Although college loan applications, and even some job applications, have it narrowed down to African, Asian, Hispanic, and White, hearing labels like Irish-American or Japanese-American when describing oneself is not uncommon. What I always found difficult about this was that I would have to choose one country out of however many might be in my history.

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Like most Americans, my bloodstream is a mess with heritage. I always say Irish, though I know there are a few Germans and a French Canadian swimming around in there. In fact, while thinking of this, family members appeared in my head scolding me for not remembering certain parts. So, let's get away from names and labels in order to avoid disappointing someone out there.

What colours represent your cultural heritage?

What colours are involved in the national flag?

Are there colours that have been accepted as representative colours other than the country's flag?

What colours are involved in the food? The drinks?

Create a palette and share your cultural background.

Here's one that I made:

blending of cultures

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