Spring Colours

 

When we think of spring, we typically think about renewal, birth and life. That's what makes spring my favourite season.

 
When we think of spring, we typically think about renewal, birth and life. That's what makes spring my favourite season. Everything that appears in the spring after the snow melts is fresh, soft and delicate. And, yes, spring has its own way of bringing things back to life.

We in the fashion and decoration world often hear the term "spring colour." But what do spring colours actually look like? Like the word "spring," these colours evoke a sense of youth and renewal. If you have ever taken the time to do some nature watching, you've probably noticed that spring colours are not "pure" (but rather "saturated") and new plant growth is paler than a plant's true colour at maturity. That's what spring colours look like: a blend of beautiful, cool, refreshing, bright, pastel colours.

Although spring colours are pastel, you really have to get the image of Easter egg colours and decorations out of your head. This colour scheme is easy to coordinate with your own style, both in fashion and decoration wise, without even a whiff of an Easter egg. Using the spring colour palette as accent colours will certainly perk up your look. The trick is to have a neutral base, like white, beige, gray or black that can serve as a backdrop to draw attention to the pastel accent you choose. And when I say "the pastel accent you choose," I mean pay attention to its saturation.

To truly understand how to use pastel colours, it's important to keep in mind that it's a colour palette that is 50% saturated. The most common pastel colours are saturated with white, which gives them a more modern look. That's what you will find in stores. You can also saturate pastel colours with gray, giving them a much less childlike look.

Now that you know what spring colours look like, use them to jazz up any look. Dare to be different with this colour scheme in your home or on yourself — and you'll see that your mood could only get better, even on gray, cloudy days.
 
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Caroline Larocque began her career as a kitchen designer right after she completed her studies.

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