How To Find Your Own Unique Vintage Colour Palette! – Leah Nikolaou

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How To Find Your Own Unique Vintage Colour Palette!

‘Vintage’ can be catalogued and stowed away under so many labels, eclectic, vintage, antique, retro, mid-century, Industrial, rustic, bohemian, shabby, French antique, regency to baroque and many more styles in-between.  However in choosing a colour palette whether its for a complete interior make over or accent piece like a rug it’s straightforward to take colour inspiration from a single source regardless of which category from the above it falls into.  See that’s the beauty of vintage, anything goes!  There are no ties to colours that have achieved accolades for being the ‘colour of the year’. The only limits bestowed upon you are the limitations of your imagination or resources from which you draw your materials.

Here I’m going to show you how I’ve taken photographs and drawn vintage colour palettes from them.   Finding inspiration in a photograph of vintage treasures or in the colours of a vintage dress can be super inspiring.  When you look through photographs look at them from a colour perspective.  Think about how the photograph and it’s colours make you feel.  The moods colours evoke are so powerful.

1.  The Rustic Linen Cupboard

Ethereal tones of stacked French linen interspersed with accents a little bit richer albeit still dusky.

Rustic Linen Curios

2.  Pastures Plain yet Floral

Defined by fresh and balancing, botanical greens with a tiny hint of muted floral.

Floral Colour palette

3.  Ephemeral Florals

A prescription of punchy traditional rose hues and flowery tonic.

Floral Watercolour Paintings On Postcards

4.  A Game Of Tones

Play with this smorgasbord of bourbon biscuit, Caramac, rich tea and party rings colours.

Mood Board Caramel and buiscuit tones

5.  The Old Haberdashery

Covet-able stash of classic vintage pastels that will never go out of fashion.

Pastel vintage buttons - interior palette

6.  Flower Press

Colours of fading textural viola and blush threads and fabrics.

Linen Fabric colour board

7.  Heart Of The Country

Handmade hues of delphinium & wild-flowers stitched together in the back room of a little cottage.

Country living embroidered heart

8.  Wild Belles

Unforgettable blue and silvery greens with brassy earthy accents.

Wildflower interior colour palette

To shop the linen pieces photographed in this colour story please check out Leah's 'Pressed Linen' collection.

For colour inspirations the below are a great place to start:

Pantone the market leaders in choosing colour, have an invaluable colour finder tool:

Little Greene:

Frenchic Paint:




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