ColOR ADvise – WARM Tones

From coral to peach, orange comes in soft fruity shades or in hot vibrating ones. When thinking of orange, you may think of carnelian, but do not forget the orange-like metals : brass, gold and copper.

Orange with a touch of green takes you to the tropics. Traditionally orange and black refer to Halloween. For a 1960's design combine orange with pink. Make your medium blue, yellow or red pop by adding some orange.

A little eccentric, you add some orange and yellow or white to deep purple. For a sophisticated look combine orange with neutral colors such as blues or grays. Back to nature, you will love a mixture of brown, green and muted orange.

tropical orange - red-brown aventurine, sodalite, carnelian, moss green to deep green striped agate

From lemon to cream, yellow perks up a subdued cool color palette of gray or blue. Pale yellow works as a neutral color for dark colors.

Yellow, orange and red in deep colors offer a hot exotic combination, but in softer shades they form a fruity fresh summer creation. For a high contrast mix yellow with blue. Celebrate autumn with deep yellow, olive green and brown, have a look at Picasso jasper.

coral, colorado topaz, chestnut rhinestone, ammonite

Beige is an elegant neutral color that contains still some of the earthiness of brown. It is warmer and richer than white and can be found in various shades from ivory to tan.

Beige has the particularity of picking up the hue of yellow or pink when combined with them. For a subdued feminine touch, combine beige with purple or pink. To warm up your cool blues or turquoise, beige is your friend. To go on the earthy tour add some green, brown and orange. And if you would like to give a warm glow to your medium or dark color palette add a touch of beige.

 mashan jade, onyx, aqua striped agate, sunstone

Brown on the other hand is a color balancing between sophistication and tribal ancestry. The solidity of the earth has numerous shades from sand to chocolate and from ocher to Sienna and Umber.

Looking for a smart look, you could mix brown with deep purple, green, gray or golden vermilion. Searching for an earthy feeling, combine brown with green. Wishing a warmer variation for black, you l could opt for dark brown. Loving your browns, you can mellow the shade by adding yellow or orange.

Red stone, African turquoise, Tibetan agate, indigo blue spotted jasper

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ColOR ADvise – COOL Tones

We should start to mention that color is a subjective perception and no one has the absolute knowledge on the subject. Therefore trust nature, trust your instinct. We may try to rationalize everything, but our eyes will make the best choice when attuned to nature. In doubt, take a picture of you what you like to have a closer look at the colors.

But of course, there is group perception of color and from that point of view, we would like to share some ideas.

Quote, Marc Chagall

All things green, from yellow green to blue green, work well together with nature's colors. To echo the forest, combine green with blue, green with beige or green with brown. Green stands for the outdoors and permits to create a sporty design in bi- or tri-color combinations.

Looking for a high contrast, combine green with purple.... And for summer mix some lime green with orange and yellow for a fruity one.

Soothing blue adds a touch of sky or water to your creations. Mixed with green or turquoise, blue offers a watery palette. Soft blue with light brown or beige gives an earth-sky combination.

Blue and gray say understated elegance. Yellow adds bounce and contrast. Go into a nautical theme with dark blue and crisp white or team your dark blue with silver accents to make an elegant fashion statement.

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Turquoise combines sky blue with sea green and as a consequence varies between those shades. Pale turquoise has a more feminine allure, while dark teal creates a more sophisticated look.

If you are in for a more feminine design add lavender and pale pink. For a more retro look combine bright turquoise with sparkling pink or go back to the Art Deco period and pair turquoise with black and white. Favoring a sporty look add some orange or yellow to turquoise. For the Indian American creation you would combine browns with turquoise and add silver or gray.

Purple or violet is a combination of blue and red and goes from eggplant to pomegranate. Deep purple with tans or beige create an earthy, conservative design.

Light purple, such as lavender, in combination with pink has a feminine and romantic appeal. For a more daring combination blend red and purple together. For an exotic design marry purple and green, and when using lighter shades of those colors you obtain a spring like feeling.

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