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The colors you surround yourself with have both a mental and physical impact on you; it can raise or lower your temperature, make time appear to go quicker, stimulate or suppress appetite or thirst, raise your heart rate or calm and soothe you. Through color and placement of furnishings you create balanced living and working spaces.
Colours for Natural Living now offers Interior and Exterior Color Consulting as well as Home Staging for Real Estate Sales and Fashion Visual Merchandising. Brenda is a color expert who has studied, worked and lived all over the world and is a Feng Shui Practitioner. She creates custom color palettes for her client’s homes and businesses. The quickest, most cost effective “makeover” for your home or office is a coat of paint. Let Brenda help you choose the color that will enhance your home or project the image you desire for your business.
Check out the gallery on our interiors page for more details!
Fall 2O13: A Palette of Many Moods
This season, designers express the many moods of fall with skillfully arranged collections that will enhance and enliven customers’ outlooks as the colder months set in. Similarly, colors come together to create moods that range from sophisticated and structured to lively and vivid, encapsulating our inherent need for wardrobe variety to reflect emotions that run from thoughtfully introspective to irrepressibly elated.
With the changing season, the greens from spring evolve and develop. Multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate, bringing luxury and elegance to the palette, while yellow-toned Linden Green brings a lightness and brightness to the deeper shades of fall. Try pairing both with Mykonos Blue, a bold, meditative blue, for a classic and relaxed fall look. Exotic Acai adds mystery and richness to the palette, and can be incorporated with the other colors to create a number of powerful fall combinations. Pair the elegant shade of purple with Emerald for a regal disposition, or spirited Samba red for an expressive and dramatic look. Koi, a decorative orange with dazzling and shimmering qualities, is a statement color that serves as a pick-me-up for your wardrobe. Vivacious, an unruly and wildly deep fuchsia, adds an ebullient sensuality to the palette. Pair Vivacious with anchoring Deep Lichen Green, a naturally lush shade of green, for a dynamic juxtaposition that captures both ends of the seasonal spectrum. Rounding out this season’s cornerstone colors, Turbulence, a dark mercurial gray, and Carafe, a rich, glamorous brown, provide more interesting and sophisticated alternatives to the black basics usually worn in colder months. Both staple neutrals pair gracefully with more expressive colors within the palette, such as Samba, Koi and Vivacious.
For more than 20 years, Pantone, the global authority on color, has surveyed the designers of New York Fashion Week and beyond to bring you the season’s most important color trends. This report previews the most prominent hues for fall 2013.
Autumn’s color palette is warm, deep and muted like fall foliage.
Knowing which season you fall into will help you make wise shopping choices for clothing, jewelry, accessories and makeup. A personal color consultation will quickly tell you if you are cool or warm and which of the seasons you fall into.
Autumn’s image is one of richness, spice and earthiness. Gold undertones are the best colors for Autumn women to wear. Shopping with a swatch wallet can save you time and money as you focus only on the colors that will best compliment your skin tone. Autumn’s best makeup choices are warm colors in shades of honey to copper to dark brown.
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Summer’s color palette is harmonious, elegant and soft. Summer women fall into these categories; Light, Muted or Cool. Knowing which of these you fall into will help you make wise shopping choices for clothing, jewelry, accessories and makeup. A personal color consultation will quickly tell you if you are cool or warm and which of the seasons you fall into.
Summer’s image is one of refinement and gentleness. Blue undertones are the best colors for Summer women to wear. Shopping with a swatch wallet can save you time and money as you focus only on the colors that will best compliment your skin tone. Summer’s best makeup choices are light and cool colors, avoid warm brown or black mascara as it is too severe. For an in-depth personal color analysis call, 619-254-6807
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When choosing an eyeglass frame you should choose a frame by size, shape and color.
Also, while most faces are a combination of shapes and angles, there are six basic face shapes.
Square face shape, be sure to avoid glasses with hard lines that might make your face look boxy.
Heart-shaped faces, those with a chin much thinner than their forehead, need to find shapes that balance the width of their face.
Oval faces are the luckiest, as they can pull off almost any style. You may want to balance the curve of your face, so choose square, rectangle glasses to balance your face.
Oblong, or long face shapes, will see much more length than width. Choose frames that are larger, to break up the length of your face.
Round faces will want to choose frames that add angles, are structured and slim. Lenses that are wider than they are deep, as well as those with dark frames help define a round face.
Once you have determined if you are “warm” or “cool,” then you can find the eyeglass frame colors that will suit you the best. Eye wear color should complement personal coloring. Some examples of frame colors best for warm coloring are: camel, khaki, gold, copper, peach, orange, coral, off-white, fire-engine red, warm blue and blond tortoise.
For cool coloring, the best eyeglass frame hues are black, silver, rose-brown, blue-gray, plum, magenta, pink, jade, blue and amber (darker) tortoise.
You may be tempted to choose a frame color that “goes with everything.” But consider instead a color that truly flatters you.
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As I sat in the back row of a seminar recently I noticed how many of the women attending dyed their hair. This was apparent by the visible dark roots and streaky highlights and made me think of the current trend of having dark roots showing.
We are all born with our own color palette of skin tone, eye and hair color and as we age our hair coloring changes. Some women go gray early in life and have striking silver hair, others opt to dye their hair to hide the gray. The color you choose to dye your hair is just as important as the color of the clothing you wear. Winter and Summer women should never add warm highlights and Spring and Autumn women should never add cool colors. To achieve the most natural look it’s best to stick to your seasonal palette and go only two shades darker or lighter than your own natural hair color. If you want to add some contrast color for fun, keep it within your seasonal palette ie: cool burgundy highlights with jet black hair. When you wear the right color makeup and clothing with your natural hair color you will look healthy, vibrant and enhance your natural beauty!
It’s quick, easy and costs nothing- just de-clutter!
Spring and fall cleanings are great motivators, but any time is a good time to de-clutter your closets. Eighty percent of people wear only twenty percent of the clothes they own because they no longer fit, don’t look “just right” or are in need of repair. Why hang onto items that you no longer wear just in case for some day? It can be hard to let go of items that have sentimental value or that you paid a lot of money for but when space is limited, every inch counts.
Ask yourself the following about every item in your closet: Do I love it? Do I wear it? Is it comfortable? And most importantly, does it project the image I want and is it the right color for me to wear? Make space for new items that you will enjoy wearing.
I advise clients to take out everything, clean the shelves and assess the space. If it is possible install double hang rods. There is a wide range of closet systems and options available for every price point. Next we would “weed out” colors not in the client’s seasonal color palette and organize the rest by color and/or type. When your clothes are organized neatly it saves you time getting dressed in the morning
Donating items you no longer wear can greatly benefit those in need. Colours for Natural Living is proud to sponsor an upcoming donation drive for interview appropriate business suits for the San Diego Chapter of Dress For Success. Details to follow!
For causal clothes there are several places you may donate them to, if you need assistance with this please call me for more information, 619-254-6807.
When you open your closet every morning and it contains clothes you love and love to wear you will experience joy and confidence that you look your best!