Visual Solace

Colour Trends 2013


FINDING COMFORT IN ART AND NATURE

Joyful, Restorative, Uplifting, Soul Reviver, Wonder

This is a palette inspired by gardens in bloom, and paintings by the Old Masters. Degraded mauve and floral pinks meet golden and bronze hues and natural, muted tones like linen and hessian. Darker violets complete the palette and provide a sultry depth. The overall impression is soothing, gentle and feminine.

The Colour Palette is for reference only. Actual Colour may vary.

Every now and then, the usefulness of art and nature is questioned. Suddenly, art is a luxury, and trees only take up space. But art and nature do offer us something important: they bring out the best in us as human beings.


THERE IS A SENSE OF SERENDIPITY
Art needs to be anchored in the human mind to be powerful and poetic, but once it makes a connection with us and takes up residence in our consciousness, it can touch the soul and warm the heart. The beauty of art is that it has the power to move people deeply because it speaks to us on levels we can't quite put into words.


Delicate pink, dusty violet or flesh toned neutrals can be embellished with mustard yellow for a modern interpretation of how an old oil painting might look against its gilded frame.


SOME BEAUTY HAS THE POWER TO MOVE US DEEPLY, AND SPEAK TO US ON LEVELS WE CANNOT PUT INTO WORDS
We can find the same solace and comfort in natural beauty. A stunning sea view or the first blossom of spring, not only reaffirms that life goes on; there is a sense of serendipity - you feel lucky or even blessed to stumble upon such a nice surprise.


This kind of beauty is priceless. Knowing there are places like gardens, forests and beaches where you can simply be yourself and reconnect with nature, or museums where you can go and view the ultimate in human achievement, is enough to reinstate your faith in life, the future, and humanity.


The fragile tones of impressionist paintings take on a new freshness when combined with crisp white and intense violet details.


Visual Solace