Vintage Colours - Colour Palette Ideas
The colours in a vintage colour palette can be catalogued under so many labels from eclectic, vintage, antique, retro, mid-century, Industrial, rustic, bohemian, shabby, French antique, regency to baroque.
I'm going to show you how to create your own vintage colour palettes from photographs, embroideries, vintage objects and anything old that inspires you.
When choosing a vintage 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 vintage category 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.
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.
Vintage Colour Palettes
Here are some colour ideas that I've put together using old photographs of my textile work:
1. The Rustic Linen Cupboard
Ethereal tones of stacked French linen interspersed with accents a little bit richer albeit still dusky.
2. Pastures Plain yet Floral
Defined by fresh and balancing, botanical greens with a tiny hint of muted floral.
3. Ephemeral Florals
A prescription of punchy traditional rose hues and flowery tonic.
4. A Game Of Tones
Play with this smorgasbord of bourbon biscuit, Caramac, rich tea and party rings colours.
5. The Old Haberdashery
Covet-able stash of classic vintage pastels that will never go out of fashion.
6. Flower Press
Colours of fading textural viola and blush threads and fabrics.
Finding Colour Palette Ideas
Here are some ideas for where to find inspiration for vintage colour palettes:
Olga Prinku is known as being the first person to use dried flowers in Embroidery, you would be spoilt for choice choosing colours from any of Olga’s hoops. They quite often feature natural foliage as well as the more brightly coloured flowers. I really see this piece teamed with sumptuous rich heavy velvets.
Nicki Franklin is a maverick at creating embroideries in muted soft colours. She is the designer to explore for soft linen colour palettes. Her embroideries are exquisite and filled to the brim for me with nostalgia!
Leah Nikolaou is unique in creating embroideries that corporate the hues of pressed flowers in their real and printed form. Her floral dried flower colour palettes are stunning and worth exploring!
- The Linen Garden describes itself as a department store for creatives!
- Permillion 44 for vintage and handcrafted goods
- The Country Brocante for a vintage rustic chic
- Vintage Home magazine by Country Living is a treasure trove of vintage colour inspiration
- Daphne's Diary vintage lifestyle and craft inspiration
So, no more wondering how to create a beautiful vintage colour palette! Give this method a go because it really could become your new way of choosing colour!