Color Palette of the Week: Argus

A beautiful Australian butterfly inspires this week’s blue color palette.


Finding inspiration in nature isn’t difficult. All you need to do is pay attention and look closely. A good photographer is someone who pays attention and captures the perfect object, at the perfect moment.

Many of my palettes are inspired by nature. This isn’t by chance: I find that animals, plants and natural landscapes provide everything I need to give you the best color palettes. And I’m surprised I haven’t used a butterfly before! After all, butterflies are like flying flowers. They are often colorful and beautiful.

This week, the color palette is based on the Blue Argus butterfly, also known as silver-studded blue. I found the blues on its wings exquisite.

Color palette of the week Argus

The blues on this butterfly go from neon to grey, from light to dark. It gave me a nice range to work from–I included some brights and some muted, light and dark. And, of course, I added a fitting neutral to help balance the whole.

How to use “Argus”

This cool palette is practical and flexible. You can use it in any room of the house.

In the living room, this palette is relaxing and inviting. You can make it a nautical-themed living room, or use flower or geometrical patterns. Whatever you choose, it’s hard to go wrong with these monochromatic palettes.

In the kitchen, this becomes a traditional farmhouse palette that’s great with flowered wallpaper patterns and monochromatic backsplash tile. The second shade from the top would make an excellent choice for painting cupboards, while keeping countertops in the neutral taupe gives the whole a nice sense of balance.

Masculine and cool

A bedroom in these shades is definitely masculine. It’s a great choice to keep the bedroom relaxing and cool. Choose bed linen in the darkest blues and keep the paint and accessories in the lightest shades. Add some taupe accents, and voilà!

This is the ideal palette for a nicely designed bathroom as well. The blues keep with the water theme, and the taupe provides some needed contrast. Even if it’s just a funky shower curtain with a blue pattern, you’ll find this palette easy to use in a small space.

What’s your take?

I like this palette because it’s really practical. It suits any room and almost every style. The difference lies in adding a neutral shade to provide a bit of contrast.

What do you think? Where would you use this palette? Let us know in the comments!

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