Love this FB Comment! In 1972 Garanimals started with a simple idea: that there is a positive connection between how children dress and how they feel about themselves. Empowering children through specialized collections with exciting color combinations and patterns gives children (and parents) freedom of choice i.e. to either experiment or follow rules of fashion confidently! Devine Color has a similar effect on adults: YOU CAN EXPERIMENT OR FOLLOW THE RULES OF COLOR FASHION without worry!
In the world of color fashion, there are colors you want to "see" and colors you want to "be in". Here is the difference: colors you want to "see" are color combinations in a painting, fabric pattern, or flower arrangement that you fall in love with the beauty (produced by the color) of the object, not the actual colors themselves. EX: I have a gorgeous painting in primary colors. This painting has fire engine red, marigold yellows, black, green, and cobalt blues. Generally speaking, I love other colors and different versions of those colors, but not those specif colors. Yet this loooove this painting... I love to "see" it, I love to look at it, I love it. Period! But would I want to dress in those colors? No. Would I want a sofa or bedding in those colors? No (my mother would). I love charcoal grays, orange reds, lime greens, white, aqua, and black.
Do I get to have the best of both worlds? Yes. I get to have my cake and eat it too without getting my head chopped off. My home has colors I love to "see" like in the picture below and colors I love to "be in". (FYI This is Devine Buffalo on the walls and Icing on the trim)
Colors we want to "be in" are colors we love, on their own. Trends may come and go but we continue to love and search for those colors in new combinations. When we see them, in an old pillow, a new vase, a magazine, a TV commercial, a view outside a window....we say to ourselves, "ah there they are!" Why do we love them? Who the hell knows! But we do, and no one can take them from us. Believe me, someone once tried. There was a time I couldn't find lime green anywhere (it was a sea of hunter green) and I would shop at yard sales looking for "left over" avocado from the 60's. Not being able to find a color I loved and wanted to "be in" made it very challenging to decorate my home. This is one of many reasons I created Devine Color's Trend Proof Color Collection, hence the word "trend-proof."
We are very lucky today. We live in a world of color manufacturing where any color is possible. Why not take a trip to the mall and take a look at colors you are attracted to: gems, scarfs, shirts, ensembles in solid or prints. Ask yourself: am I choosing colors I want to "see" (beauty of the object)or colors I want to "be in"(love the color itself)? Take a look around your home and ask yourself the same questions. Divide your things between those you love as objects, and those you love as color. Then make a list of colors you love to "be in." Our Devine Color Philosophy is strongly rooted on paint colors being the "be in color". These "be in colors" are backgrounds that allow you to have as many objects you want and love. You should always have a place for a beautiful object in you home, regardless if it matches or not. This is what makes personal style not only personal, but joyful.
EXPERIMENT!: Break out of your comfort zone knowing that if you want to put together a blue, a red, a chocolate and a purple, you will have access to Devine blues, reds, chocolates, and purples that coordinate walls with your “beautiful objects”, making home fashion not only interesting but beautiful. See 2 versions: Devine Steamer, Devine Cayenne, Devine Cool, Devine Bison, and Devine Chameleon. Also see Devine Bordeaux, Devine Cafe, Devine Storm, Devine Bavarian, Devine Dusk.
FOLLOW THE RULES!: Stay with traditional rich burgundies, fresh celadon’s, light linens and other fashion standards when you want your “ objects” to look not only beautiful, but also popular. See Devine Muslin, Devine Custard, Devine Glass, Macadamia, Devine Whip, Devine Paprika, Devine Pool, Devine Manzanita, Devine Pine, Devine Butter.
I want to inspire you to come up with a plan and start putting together a color vision for your home that makes it a snap for you to go beyond your wildest dreams or nuzzle up next to what you love to "see" and "be". Come visit us at www.facebook.com and share it with us so you can inspire others to do the same.