It's the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness and Rebecca Bryan is enjoying having an excuse to play around with colour palettes using the lovely warm reds and oranges of autumn...
The weather is getting colder and Rebecca Bryan is cosying up with warming autumn colour palettes in this month’s column
It's getting cool outside, which means putting on another layer, shelving the twirly summer dresses and saying goodbye to summer blooms. But it’s not all bad – now you’ve got the perfect excuse to sit on the couch with a warm drink under your new favourite quilt. Let’s pick out some colour combos to use in it!
Let's jump right into cuddle season and warm up with a punchy orange and blue palette. We remember how blue and orange are complements on the colour wheel, with blue being the cool colour and orange being the warm colour. By adding in the orange we bring warmth to the cool, stark blue. Using complementary colours together can sometimes be tricky, at least for me. When first putting complements together, the results can be jarring and don’t seem at all soft.
To soften this harsh contrast between the blue and orange, I've found it helpful to use versions of the colours that aren't pure colour. Instead, I introduce colours that have a bit of black, grey or white mixed in.
You can see that by using some orange and blue tones the palette becomes considerably easier on the eyes. I also used a couple versions of each colour and added in a yellow and white. Take 2 is definitely reading soft and warm to me. I would love to see these colours in a flannel shirt type quilt. Especially with a cosy flannel backing!
(Full disclosure: I had to pause writing to go buy some Mammoth flannel fabric.)
BY USING SOME ORANGE AND BLUE TONES THE PALETTE BECOMES EASIER ON THE EYE
Autumn is hands down my very most favourite season. I'd like to think that the reason is not because of my birthday, but for less vain reasons like the aforementioned cuddle season, warmth, family time and back to school. And another big reason why I love Fall so much is the rich, jewel colours that come back into our lives after summer.
Asters, mums, and sunflowers are some of the seasonal flowers that inspire me the most. There is such drama to be found in a colour palette like this. I've added in some warm reds and yellows to the cool purples and greens, so it's a nice mix of cool breezes and warm sunshine. A quilt with these colours would be beautiful, just like a crisp autumn morning.
A colour palette with this much drama is more suited to using more colours, don't you think? I tried to narrow down the colour a bit in Take 2, but I think I prefer my original cacophony of colour. I can practically feel these colours!
There’s nothing better than sitting down with a warming cup of spiced tea in the winter. So I just had to do one last colour combo before I go! I love how these spicy colours play off the soft pink, grey and black. Their warmth really lifts the coolness of the darker colours.
If you create a fabric bundle using these palettes, we'd love to see it! Tag your pic with @lovequiltingmag and # LPQColourPalettes
Cuddle Season: Tak e 1 Autumn Garden: Ta k e 1 Cuddle Season: Tak e 2
Spiced Tea Autumn Garden: Tak e 2