Color Palette of the Week: Bird Shell
A broken bird shell on the ground provides a zen-like color palette for a bathroom.
Most people’s idea of an eggshell is white or brown. That’s because our most frequent look at shells is basically eggs we buy at the grocery store. But even chicken eggs can be different colors; in fact, my partner has been bringing some eggs from a colleague at work who has his own chickens, and some of the shells are actually more blue than white.
But that’s a long introduction to tell you that eggs range in color and variety in nature a lot more than most people think. And when I saw this photo of a broken shell, I couldn’t resist building a color palette on it. I don’t know what kind of bird this is (if you know, let me know in the comments!), but I can tell you that the colors of the shell are quite interesting.
This spring-like, pastel color palette has a lot of green, mixed in with some blue and brown. I tried to balance the pale blue-green with some stronger browns, with a nice tender green right in the middle.
How to use “Bird Shell”
This palette will suit some rooms better than others. The easiest I can imagine is the bathroom.
These colors are perfect for a calming, zen-like bathroom. Green is the calmest color on the wheel, and its combination with green brings images of an untouched lagoon on a far-away beach. It’s easy to find bathroom tile in the aqua-green shades at the top. Adding some middle green elements with brown accents will be easy too. The result? A spa-like bathroom for a haven of relaxation and calm.
Although it would be possible to apply this palette to other rooms of the house, I don’t think it’s suited to any better than the bathroom. The colors are too quiet for a living room, and somehow don’t really fit a kitchen either. I could see them used in a meditation/yoga room, thought. As long as the purpose of the space is to relax and meditate, this palette will work nicely.
Do you see it?
I love this palette for its unassuming quietness and calm. How about you? Let me know in the comments!