This colour is a colour creatively (I think!) called Raisin. A colour that is a little bit red and a little bit brown – but not maroon. Reminiscent of American barns as seen in the naïve paintings of Grandma Moses, or patches of autumn leaves, this colour makes a rich strong statement that is neither dull not flat.
Here are some suggestions for incorporating it into your colour scheme:
– Use it in touches with cream and a dusty brown-pink
– Team with light olive, deep olive, or a deeper sludgy black-green
– A tiny ‘pop’ of a reddish orange, in say napkin embellishment for liveliness
– Ornate metal dishes with filigree and other detailing to lighten the scheme
– Emphasis on textured, lustred fabrics to add movement and light, velvet
– A sitting room with deep sofas, lots of cushions, birdcages, candles, pewter dishes of ‘sweetmeats’, sherry and port served before and after
– Dark stained wood
– Voluptuous greenery, deep red to ‘black’ roses, ‘black’ Asiatic lilies, succulents especially those with a purplish/black tinge (e.g. Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’), the occasional mustard or orange coloured flower, dark red berries, strong sculptural leaves such as dracaena, autumn leaves, branches of persimmons
– Australian natives such as leucodendron, brown boronia, smoke bush, bronze coloured teatree
– Bowls of pomegranates, persimmons, plums, nuts in their shells, russet seed pods
– Crockery or linen in your chosen secondary colour e.g. raisin linen, with deep mustard and/or deep olive crockery, pewter or brushed stainless steel flatware.
– Dark wine lips
– A simple bridal dress in lustrous cream fabric – see Kat Stewart’s J’Aton dress at the Logies – caught at the side with a beautiful jewel in raisin, olive and mustard
Issue 8, Spring 2008 features the work of Oh How Charming!’s Lisa Vorce, the wedding of Ryan Fitzgerald (aka “Fitzy”) held at the Adelaide Cricket Ground, a colour palette feature of aqua blue, white and lime green and a tennis inspired party.
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