Being in the "design" business (yes, that sounds really weird for me to say! For now still feel way more comfortable saying I "make pillows") - anyway, being in the business of designing things that encompass color has made me think about color on a deeper level than I ever have before. I have always been drawn to certain colors or at least have an immediate reaction to them. But as I try to grow in my own skills I have realized that understanding color/s is so important. I now think about colors constantly; where i used to say I love that fabric, now I think why does that fabric strike me so much? And usually a large part of it is the color scheme (along with pattern of course, but we are talking about colors today!) I now no longer see blue as blue, but tones of blue that maybe mixed with just the right contrasting orange can look modern or whimsical, or a dark blue with a deep orange can look masculine. But beginning to notice these things and putting them into practice is definitely a process. I started wondering how I could hone in on this skill. Alas, as spring finally began to make her presence for us in the northwest, I started seeing that all the best color pallets are all around us. There is no book that can rival the color combinations that mother nature has already given us.
On a walk with my twin boys in the golf course near our house, there are the most beautiful trees. I noticed these clusters of "helicopters" and their amazing shades of pinks and greens. See mother nature knows her stuff! The tree pictured is a sycamore maple, I took a photo of one of these lovely clusters and then matched the color tones in photoshop, (technology is pretty great too!) to see what this lovely color palette would look like in pantones. And voila! Here you are - I have given the matching pantone numbers for your reference : )