Color Me Calm
August 16, 2021
Color Me Calm
We've talked about colors and the color wheel over the last few weeks. Today, we're going to talk about how to use the color wheel to choose colors for a project.
Choosing colors that promote a peaceful mood
When choosing colors, it helps to first think about how you want the end project to feel. Do you want an energetic project? One that feels peaceful? A playful one?
Today let's talk about calm, peaceful, and quiet colors.
If you draw a line across the color palette between red/magenta and continuing across between true green/yellow green, you will have divided the wheel into the cool and warm halves.
In general, cooler colors feel quieter and calmer. This is where the blues, aquas, and purples live - colors of sky and sea, nighttime and shadows.
The warmer colors, red, orange, yellow, and yellowy-greens are all associated with sunshine and fire.
Of course, the story doesn't end there! After all, the blue base of the flame is its hottest part, and nothing feels as peaceful as sunshine through a window.
You can calm a color further by muting it. Royal blue is still a very energetic color, but mix some grey into it and you get a soft, relaxing denim. Brown is quite a gentle and peaceful color - the color of cocoa, tree bark, and most of our pets! But did you know brown is actually orange? It's just orange with a lot of grey or blue mixed in, making it a super-muted orange. Caramel and other tan colors are usually yellow based. Just darken a warm yellow with a good bit of grey and you get a nice soft color.
Another way to de-energize a color is to lighten or darken it. Think of the colors of a quiet nursery filled with pastels, or a library with dark woods and leathers.
Want to use multiple colors, but retain the calm mood? Choose either a monochrome or analogous palette. Monochromatic schemes have only one actual color, but use dark and light versions of it. Picture a sky with clouds shading from white and light blue through the dark blues at the underside of the clouds.
Analogous color schemes use colors that sit next to one another on the color wheel. Think of a seashore with yellow-beige sand, green palm trees, and aqua-blue water.
What colors make you feel calm and relaxed? Share your favorites with us on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram!
Be safe, be well, be kind!
-Caryn & the Yarnivore crew
Featured Pattern & Yarn
Here are some beautiful monochrome and analogous-colored gradient balls! Hoooked Wavy Blends are made of 80% recycled cotton that you can feel great about using. What to make with it? How about a comfy rug to cushion your tile or wood floors? The crocheted Coastal Indoor Rug from Maria's Blue Crayon is FREE and cute as can be!
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Today's is a garter stitch tip for the knitters. Make sure to check if the pattern tells you to work 10 rows or 10 ridges. They are NOT the same. A ridge of garter stitch is equal to TWO ROWS. This can make a really big difference in your project, since 10 ridges is literally TWICE as THICC as 10 rows.
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