Do you remember how, back in the 90s there was a craze for ‘getting your colours done’? You’d take yourself off to a makeup counter and they’d tell you if you were a spring, summer, autumn or winter person and pick you out the right make up colours to match your ‘season’. I don’t know how they worked it out, or quite how accurate it was, but there’s no doubt that seasons affect us all in different ways and we naturally veer towards our favourites. Some people are drawn to the soft colours and pastel prettiness of spring, others prefer the rich warmth of the late summer or the golden shades of autumn.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently (I have a long commute on which to ponder these things!). I’ve always been instinctively drawn to spring colours; soft pastels and light tones and I can’t help decorating my home in those colours. Whereas my mum instinctively prefers warmer, sunnier tones of cream and gold in her own home and will always veer towards those shades almost without realising. We can both appreciate the other’s taste but couldn’t live with it! So I do think that colours, and people, naturally fall into seasonal camps. You have the cool silvers, whites and greys of the winter months, the soft, pretty pastel tones of spring, the bold, bright, happy colours of summer and the rich mellow tones of autumn. And although we can appreciate the appeal of them all, most people are naturally drawn to one of these groups.
As I thought this through I started to sketch out the colour groups and how they could be applied to home design. Before I knew it I had pages and pages of ideas, (*ahem* in fact I had an entire book proposal sketched out, just in case there are any book publishers listening out there – get in touch) so I thought why not start it as a mini series. And that’s what I’m about to do. Kicking off tomorrow, the mini series will look at each season in turn and focus on three different colour schemes that encapsulate the essence of each season. I’ll then show you how to apply this to your own home.
I thought it might be a simple and easy way to zone in on the sort of colours that you love and see how to apply them to your home. I find colour a real challenge and this struck me as a nice, easy solution to choosing a colour palette.
I’m kicking off with spring and the first in the series, publishing tomorrow, will look at how to decorate with Cherry Blossom Pink. Stay tuned!
*I’d love to know what you think of this idea – if there’s anything else you’d like me to include please do let me know in the comments below*