During my recent visit to Guatemala I found myself swooning at the COLORS I saw. Drinking them in…..bathing my inner eye with their brilliance.
These colors were EV-erywhere. The buildings….
The fabrics…..the flowers…..
Our Creator is the greatest designer ever! Why?……. because the luscious brown skin tones found in Latin America are strong enough to balance the brilliant colors of the environment.
There is an exquisite CONTINUITY and balance in this culture that can be a great lesson to any designer. Their warm colors are everywhere…in the fabrics…in the homes…and they look beautiful everywhere.
What colors look best with your skin tones? When you know this, you have found the best color palette to LIVE WITH!
Carry it through to your clothing, your makeup and your interiors. Why?……because it shows you at your very best! It feels right. No fancy design degree or years of professional experience is needed to learn this easy design principle.
Jennifer Lopez, a great beauty, looks stunning in warm colors like this pure red. Her best metallic is gold because it’s warm.
On the other hand, when she wears cool colors, like this blue green, it grays down her complexion and she looks like she has the flu.
If I were her interior decorator (wouldn’t that be nice!) I would insist on warm colors and warm metallics such as brass and gold (rather than silver and pewter). Like this…
You don’t have to be hispanic to have warm skin tones. Jennifer Anniston looks fabulous in warm colors….
Here is Jennifer’s home. She surrounds herself with warm colors and wood tones. Clearly she can have any color she wants…but I’ll bet she is drawn to warm colors because they make her most comfortable.
Nicole Kidman is another warm toned gal. She can really pull off a warm yellow-based green. (I could never wear this color because I have cool skin tones and look better in blue greens).
This color palette would look great in Nicole’s home….
Color theorists call these skin tones Spring and Fall….as opposed to Winter and Summer which have cool undertones. (That will be Part 2 of this blog post). Incidentally I don’t claim to be a fashion color expert. These ideas are based on my many years of observing color in my work. You are welcome to correct me or leave comments below so we can all learn.
Warm skin toned people look their very best in these colors. Do you find your best colors here? No?……well then stay tuned for Your Perfect Color Scheme Part 2. Coming soon.