Saturday, February 19, 2011

Spring 2011 Colour Palettes

It's almost that time of year again; the best, cheeriest, brightest time of year: spring. Recently it's been warmer, the sun shining brighter & the days have been getting noticeably longer. It's almost still light out at 6PM!

With spring comes a new wardrobe: t-shirts, skirts, shoes & light jackets. Our colour palettes also adjust with the changing seasons. In the fall, we lean toward the darks: black, navy, burgundy, brown. But the spring is all about the lights: pastels & vibrant shades spanning the entire rainbow.

As with past seasons, I've put together a couple of colour palettes for Spring 2011. This time, I've done a bit of research first, checking out some online trends before choosing my colours. I focused on versatility, infusing my own style & tastes into my collections.

Here is the soft palette:

And the bold palette:
As I mentioned, I wanted a versatile collection of hues that would combine well with each other. As a demonstration, here are a few combinations that I found particularly appealing:
This first combination is striking & chic. Pair a buttery blouse with a navy skirt or suit for an outfit that radiates confidence & class.
Honeysuckle, this bright pink, was rated the colour of the year by Pantone. I think it pairs nicely with the fawn shades that are so popular this season. I also liked how the two pinks play off each other.
Yellow & orange make another winning combination paired with nude. As you can see in the original palettes, blue is also a perfect partner for these lovely shades of tan. Stocking your wardrobe with a few key items - trousers, a blazer, shoes, a purse - in versatile neutrals can go a long way, combining to create a variety of different looks with seasonal brights.
Lastly, these cool tones would be perfect for a bathroom or kid's room, don't you think?

What's your favourite spring shade or colour combo?


Nicole's Homemade Treats...The Blog said...

Nice collection! The last one are the colors of my boys bathroom!! Too funny!

Deana Mattos said...

very cool

Katherine said...

That buff & blue combo is exactly my alma mater's colors. Guess the football team will be extra stylish this spring. ;)

paintingpam said...

I like your dedication to researching new color trends!!

I guess I like the bold palette the best.

Danielle said...

I really like the soft palette. I always love some pastels in the spring because I spend most of the fall and winter wearing black and grey.