Thanks for all your kind comments on my previous post about me missing-out on the Basic Grey Design Team. Thank You so much. You're lovely! Did you know that? Because you are.
Now, before you catch me blushing, let's get started with the first 'proper' post in my Autumn series 'Purple Phase'.
Between now and the end of November I'll be posting several colour schemes for you to take inspiration from, combinations which you could refer to:
- when putting an outfit together;
- when creating a card / layout etc;
- before adding paints + inks to a journal page;
- when creating a mood board for a room you're re-decorating;
- as part of a colour inspiration journal;
- Pin the image of the colour-palette to one of your own Pinterest boards for future reference.
Speaking of Pinterest, I've created a Purple Phase board on to which I've already started pinning inspiring purple images and projects, as there's far more purple-inspiration out there than I can manage to blog. Feel free to follow the board or, if you're not on Pinterest, you can simply save the web address: http://pinterest.com/notesonpaper/purple-phase/ and check-in on it every now and again or when you need inspiration.
OK, let's get on with the first colour combination, this one's all about:
- Partly because I feel it will extend the life of my cotton Summer dress right into Autumn and Winter;
- and partly because purple works so well with natural earthy shades and textures - something I'll be returning to again and again across this series.
I'd bet that when people say purple is hard to use, they're thinking of a vivid, deep almost synthetic feeling shade. But purple has a vast spectrum and can often be used with or instead of easy-to-use neutrals such as grey and brown:
But you don't have to mix gingham with brown leopard print to use this combination, you could try:
- A lilac vest poking poking out beneath a brown jumper / cardigan;
- A chalky purple bag or scarf over a camel winter coat;
- A soft purple cardigan over a grey t-shirt, jeans and tan leather belt and boots.
Here's the whole outfit [from last Saturday afternoon on a bracing pier overlooking the North Sea]which features additional brown + tan elements:
Dress: Matalan :: Boots: by Bertie :: Tapestry bag: Primark :: Liberty Print Jacket: Jack Wills :: Cardigan: TopShop.
- chalky blue shades of purple
- natural elements such as twine, cork, leather, rattan, canvas etc etc
I'd really like to hear your thoughts on this first post of Purple Phase.
- Do you think the colour palettes will come in useful?
- Do you think you'll try them out?
- Is today's particular combination , with brown and tan, easier to work with than you'd imagined when you've thought about using 'purple'?
- And if you do like it - don't forget to pin it to Pinterest or save the web adress of this page so you can refer back to it at some point.