Nature has provided us with a palette of colors that are most amazing. I believe Mother Nature’s favorite coloration includes a range of greens and blues intermingled with each other. This is the most dominant color palette in the world. It provides an array of beautiful outcomes and emotive responses from very calming to quite exciting…..and sometimes even astonishing. This coloring makes great quilts, beautiful artwork, and a harmonious interior design.
These enticing colors from the green-through-blue spectrum include chartreuse, yellow-green, spring green, green, blue-green, aqua green, aqua blue, turquoise, cerulean blue, and blue. Today I have taken the liberty to include blue-violet in this range because it has a tendency to want to be in two places at one time. It’s really part of the violet spectrum, but it loves hanging out with these other hues whenever possible. (It’s like a kid who spends as much time playing in the neighbor’s yard as his own yard.) This color span works as beautifully in quilts, art, and other designs as it does in nature. When nature uses this blue-green range, it doesn’t necessarily mean that she uses every color within the total span. It depends on the scene. Sometimes nature’s coloring is very narrow while at other times it’s all encompassing. You can see this gorgeous color range in The Studio Color Wheel (below).
A design made from these closely related colors is called an analogous color plan. To learn more about analogous color plans and their recommended guidelines, check our blog post Using an Analogous Color Plan.