As many of you know, I recently journeyed to Edinburgh, in Scotland, where my youngest son played in an international U.S. kids golf tournament. As with any trip, I became very inspired! Somewhere rattling around in my head – and on my sketchbook! – I took special note of color. Since color recently has been one of my main blog topics, I thought it would be interesting to share a few of my Scottish inspirations on the topic.
First, most of the buildings I saw in Scotland were made of stone. The stone looked timeworn and was a rich shade of gray. I imagined that if I was designing a line of fabrics (which I really want to do – soon!), I would create a beautiful geometric pattern that slightly mimicked the stone. The color would be a cool taupe-y gray. This gray would also exist a bit in the “dirty” range of colors (For more about Clean v. Dirty colors, read my post from last week on “Two little words that can change your life”).
Next, I could not help but take note of the beautiful, countryside greens. The shades ranged from grassy greens to those with distinct yellow undertones. And I could not help but notice one particularly unique blooming plant that was a vibrant acidic green. It may sound strange, but in fact, it was quite a stunning find.
If I was designing a room – or a fabric – inspired by my trip to Scotland, I would include a “magic fabric” (See my previous post on “magic fabrics”) that would be a print that would be a blend of the above mentioned grays, interspersed with various shades of yellow green. I would also include a bold, nubby (there were a great deal of textural surfaces in Scotland!) acid green solid. This fabric would, perhaps, be used as upholstery on an accent chair, and/or toss cushions throughout the space. Again, the tones would be a bit on the “dirty” side to compliment the muddy undertones of the grays.
Of course, Scottish inspiration would not be complete without a plaid. However, my vision of the perfect plaid is not tartan. Instead, I would use a creamy background consisting of a large geometric plaid, showcasing shades of gray and green, as well as a touch of yellowish-gold for accent. My plaid would harmonize handsomely with masculine leathers and rough, warm, rich woods. A yellow houndstooth would also blend beautifully with my other fabric selections!
Can you envision it? I think I would love to create a room of grays and greens with a “pop” of yellow. Have you been to Scotland? What were your impressions and inspirations?
NOW, GO HAVE AN “It’s So Fabulous!” DAY!
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