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Colour Inspiration – Gold Christmas Decorations

Still time for another Christmas post!  This time colour inspiration.  As in the other posts this article is meant to inspire and help you work out colours that work well together by either looking at the real world or your photo albums.  As makers of bespoke stationery we can work with a wide variety of colours to make invitations and stationery for our clients. This time the inspiration is taken from a Christmassy scene, a close up of a Christmas tree and it’s decorations.   I’m going to focus on everything but the tree as dark green has never been a popular choice of colours from my clients.  Though gold and green can work really well together.  The colours from this post work really great for a brown – cream colour theme.  A different way of at looking at brown colours (chocolate, coffee and autumn leaves being some of the most popular).

Firstly the disclaimer, yes this is not a real tree and yes the lights are part of the tree.  That does pose the question what happens when the lights go wrong, but on the plus side they’re so well distributed and you have no wires to worry about it saves oodles of time.  I can just whack a couple of strings of light up on a Christmas tree and not agonise over their spacing:( 
As said the colours from this image makes a really great golden brown colour guide.  Something I think that works well for winter weddings when the daylight is getting limited by 4 and you’ll be under artificial light for most of the wedding.  This shows how warm those lights can be and I think if you’re getting married next winter and decorating yourself it’s well considering lot’s of lights (soon to be in post-Christmas sales).   Though best check with the venue first and maybe go for LED as they have the least chance of causing frustration.  Or it’s a reason to get married near Christmas in a venue that has it’s own really great decorations.
This is where the colours were taken from and is shown on the second image below.  The six digit values are the RGB colour codes
  1. Is from the darkest part of the bauble in the foreground 230D02
  2. Background colour 562600
  3. A mid-range colour taken from the gold coloured detail on the  bauble A0590B
  4. From a non-gold detail part of the small bauble DA8100
  5. From the candle in foreground B47629
  6. From the ribbon on the bauble FDCB50
  7. Colour of the light FEFEFF
Interested in using these colours with some of our bespoke stationery?  Contact us and let us know what colours you want to work with.

Colour Inspiration – Above the Clouds

Gemini telescope at Muana Kae, colour inspiration

Finding inspiration for colours that work together can be difficult. Although there is no need to match colours when planning a wedding, you can soon find yourself presented with many choices, colours for dresses for bridesmaids, shoes, flowers, save the dates, the list is almost endless. Artemis Stationery is no help either, we can print pretty much any colour (read about it the choices here) and are really flexible in accommodating colours with a wide choice of crystals to compliment printed elements. Though I will do my best to advise and make suggestions, try and make my clients life easier not harder! So if you didn’t start with a clear idea, what do?

If you stick with one shade of one colour it’s pretty hard to go wrong. If you fancy using a range of colours then it can get more difficult and it can be hard to know sometimes what will match. The posts in this series are as much to inspire you about how to work out your own colours as to say why not consider these colours.

What I have done is take a holiday photo and used that to work out a colour scheme. Holiday albums will probably have a fair number of good images in you could look to for inspiration whether it be of landscapes, flowers, animals or buildings. Most paint programs can have a colour picker tool. Normally looks a bit like a pipette. Microsoft paint does, GIMP is a good and free art program which does to and you can download it here. You can use the colour picker to make up some rectangles of colours from colours in the photo.

In this photo I’ve gone above the clouds. Astronomical observatories are located here on the top of former volcanoes so that they’re above the clouds for uninterrupted views of the heavens. Shown is the Gemini Telescope at the Mauna Kea Observatories. During the day time though you get great blue skies and the Gemini and United Kingdom Infrared Observatory (not shown) have great reflective metal surfaces housing the telescopes. These are great for a colour match as they take on so much of the blue skies and earth around them making for a very cohesive colour scheme. I went a little overboard and took seven colours from this image. If you wanted to use these colours you need not use them all in their entirety. The three blues on the left hand side for instance would work by themselves.