Color Palette Of the Week: Lilyed

Flowers are the color palettes of nature. When you look at them closely, you can see so many interesting pairings and contrasts that are as beautiful as any human-made palette. So when I saw this beautiful close-up of a lily, I couldn’t resist. I’ve already mentioned that I’m a fan of red… so you’ll understand why this photo caught my eye.

The photo

This picture by Andreas has such an interesting array of colors and textures. We often walk by flowers just looking at the colors of their petals, but we never really stop to have a look at the ensemble… including inside the flower.


How interesting is that? The little red spikey things make the large petals look like vegetal leopards. The green looks fresh and inviting. The pistils combine a deep red with a soft yellow. Isn’t nature fascinating?

The palette

This palette is heavy on the red, so I would use the white and yellow as base colors and then accent with the reds and pink. This could work for a teenage girl’s bedroom–it’s feminine but not too girly–or a living room with a luxurious, romantic touch.

But you don’t have to use the yellow as a paint color. It could come from brass furniture or a natural wood shade. White walls would look striking with red fabric, as long as you don’t use too much of the pink (or otherwise have your room look like an ice cream cone).

Your impressions?

What do you think? Is this too much red or are you a red lover like me?

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