|Fork and Spoon from Quilt Retro. Aqua/green/yellow/gray color palette.|
Work with the colors you love
First, you have to know your own color preferences. Look around your house and your wardrobe. Your favorite colors will all be there. Personally, I don't like purples. There are no purples anywhere in my house or on my clothes. If I were to make a purple quilt, it probably wouldn't get done because there would be no inspiration to finish it! The colors I do love are reds, blues, yellows (primary colors) and greens. I'm not so fond of browns and tans, but I love black and grays. Knowing those are the colors I love to have around me (and on me!), I always have a starting point for picking colors that I know I will like.
Look around everywhere for fresh color combinations
Inspiration is everywhere if you know how to spot it. I did a little experiment the other day to gather as many color combination ideas as I could. I picked up two quilt magazines at the store and flipped through each one page-by-page. I wrote down the major colors that were in each quilt that caught my eye. Here's the list I came up with:
- Black and tan
- Neon - 80s inspired
- Aqua and yellow
- Yellow and cream
- Pastels on cream
- Dark blue/light blue/tan
- Scrappy blues/cream/tan
- Black/white/accent color (such as hot pink)
Are there any on that list that catch your attention? I can envision several quilts made with these combinations!
Working with Color Palettes
A color palette is a group of color combinations already grouped for you. (Think paint chips from the hardware store.) A place to find beautiful color palettes is Design Seeds. If you've never heard of Design Seeds, you're in for a treat! There you will find hundreds and hundreds of color palettes in hundreds and hundreds of combinations. This site is an eye-candy feast! Pick just a few of you're favorites and think about how you can use them in a quilt. That's exactly what I've done below to show you how to put a color palette to practical use.
|Chalked Hues palette by Design Seeds.|
|Chalked Hues-inspired Star quilt. I opted to not use the green and the dark purple.|
|Booked Hues by Design Seeds|
|Booked Hues the imaginary quilt. I really like the browns with these colors!|
|Red Blossom by Design Seeds|
|Red Blossom the quilt. I just love this combination of colors! It seems so elegant to me.|
|Summer Tones by Design Seeds|
|Summer Tones without borders. Beautiful, soft colors. Would look great in my imaginary beach house!|
|Hungarian Hues by Design Seeds|
|Fork and Spoon detail. |
You can see how the palette was translated to prints. I toned down the bright green and left off the purply-brown and that's okay. The palette is just for inspiration, it doesn't have to be followed to the T.