Color wheels, hue, value, tint …. if choosing colors for your next project fills you with fear, don’t despair, we have some thoughts on playing with color and making it fun!
First, remember the colors you are drawn to reflect your personality and what you love, and you really only have to please yourself! But what happens when you see a project in Crochet World such as the Cascading Quilt Blocks Throw and you want to make it in different colors to match your bedroom, living room, or the kid’s playroom?
Here are a few simple ideas to help you plan a great color scheme. Take a look around your room for color clues. Anything is worth considering; do you love the color of the curtains, your sofa, or even a favorite picture? All are color clues which can help you create a color palette for your next project. You might choose one item that has several colors such as a picture or a print fabric, or your color clues might come from several solid colored objects in the room.
Once you have identified your color clues, take your inspirational item(s) with you when you go yarn shopping. If they are too big or bulky, take a good-quality photo or try to capture the colors with portable items such as crayons, markers, or paint chips that match your colors. Audition several colors against your inspirational item(s). Remember, you’ll want some colors that are lighter, some that are darker; this creates a more interesting and visually pleasing finished product. Trust your color sense and use your visual intuition when choosing colors. You can do this!
Using the Cascading Quilt Blocks Throw as an example, here are a few different color palettes that were selected based on favorite fabric swatches.
Wouldn’t this be a wonderful color palette for a sun porch, a little girl’s room, or even your craft room? The colors are bright and fresh and just make you want to smile.
This color palette would be gorgeous in a living room or family room.
And this soft color palette would be beautiful for the bedroom.
Color inspiration surrounds us every day. Keep a notebook and add pictures from magazines, favorite fabric swatches, or paint chips. Then next time you are ready to start a new crochet project, you’ll have a rainbow of inspiration at your fingertips!