I hope that you've found some useful information over the past few weeks
with our color theory posts. The most important part of using and
understanding color is having fun with it! Remember that color theory
isn't a strict set of rules, but more of a guide to help you better your
method of choosing and placing fabric in your quilts.
I wanted to leave you with a few resources of inspiration, fun, and reference. Two websites I actually just found myself that are great for color scheme inspiration are: www.ColourLovers.com and www.ColorSchemeDesigner.com. Don't forget about our Design Table! It's a great resource for comparing our fabrics right online.
Color is not just something that is aesthetically pleasing—it can influence us in ways we never dreamed. Our moods and perceptions can be altered significantly with the use of color. Color and placement can make or break your connection to the project and it can also help create harmony and a sense of continuity. Knowing what emotions are typically evoked by certain color families might even assist you with your color choices.
Whether you're working with an already existing pattern or creating your
own, one of the most important elements is the overall composition (the
arrangement or organization of the visual elements). Color is not the
only thing that will affect the balance, but it is a very important part
and can be very impactful. An important part of creating a successful
composition is relying on contrast. Contrast is the opposition of
different colors, lines, shapes, textures, etc. to provide movement and
intensity. You can make color work for you by intuitively incorporating
prints and texture while taking into account their effect on the balance
Contrast determines visual heirarchy—in other
words, the order in which we perceive what we're looking at. Areas with
higher contrast are seen and recognized first. This can be very useful
when trying to highlight a particular block or area of a pattern. Have
you ever had the experience of falling in love with a pattern, but when
you selected your fabrics it just didn't seem to have the same oomph? Chances are you were lacking the same level of contrast as the original fabrics shown.
Last week we started introducing you to the basics of color theory with
some definitions to help you understand more in-depth principles.
These definitions will help you as we introduce new lessons in the
coming weeks. Today, I wanted to introduce you to some basic color
schemes that might inspire a new combination within your stash. Color
schemes combine colors to create an aesthetic that will more often than
not look appealing together. Some color schemes are simply two colors,
while some involve several colors. No matter the color scheme you
choose, they're a great starting point for trying new combinations.
When it comes to choosing fabric we all know where our own individual
tastes and preferences lie. Whether you tend towards a modern or
traditional aesthetic, or like a little bit of everything, the one thing
that can challenge a lot of people is finding a way to combine colors
in a pleasing and functional way. Throughout the month of July, we are
going to be providing some insight into the world of color and how it
can help take your quilts to the next level.