Ahh, the seduction of colour! Colour schemes can be described as wild, luscious, soothing, shocking, brave, rich – so many wonderful adjectives! So how do we decide on a colour palette for quilts? Do you start with a piece of focus fabric? Or do you start with a colour and choose fabric from that?
One fun way to work with colour and chose a colour palette is to make use of one of the many tools available to us on the web. You don’t have to have a deep knowledge of colour theory, you can just play and find a scheme that works for you. Here are three colour palette tools that I had a lot of fun with.
Do you have a digital photograph that you adore? Load it up to Pictaculous and this tool will generate a matching colour palette. You can then email the colour swatches to yourself! Pictaculous will also provide a list of suggested colour palettes from a couple of other colour websites. In the photos above you can see the image that I uploaded and in the photo below are the swatch suggestions that Pictaculous gave me.
TinEye Labs Multicolr Search Lab is fun to use. Pick up to five colours from the box on the right and the search lab searches 20 million creative commons images on Flikr to give you a whole set of photographs with those colours in them, in the ratios you choose. Fun, fun, fun! And it gives you a good impression of what a quilt might look like made up, rather than just a line of swatches. Below are two vibrant schemes that I picked.
You’ll see that I kept the blues, but changed the warm colours for red based colours and changed the ratios a bit. It changes the look significantly.
If you would like inspiration from other people, check out Colourlovers.com. You can browse over 4 million colour palettes put together by colour lovers from all over the world. You could even sign up, then create your own colour palette to share! I like that they have tabs to choose to look at the newest schemes, the most commented on and the most favourited collections. Be warned, this site is addictive!
So however you like to use colour, you will find a tool on the web to help you develop a colour palette for quilts. And I can bet you that you’ll have a lot of fun doing it!