I wanted bold expressions so as to add pizazz to the house this week. One of the most simple techniques to create assertive styling is through the use of contrasting colors. Today, I offer three very simple still-life compositions to ponder.
The most blatant expression of boldness had to feature fire-orange. The Gladding McBean coffee carafe is paired with green and chartreuse floral elements. A “Nubby” ball toy rests in amber orange stemware for stability. The combo now brightens a dark corner on the kitchen countertop.
Cold, industrial stainless steel is a particularly welcome sight during hot, humid summer days. Soft, rich, red Gerbera daisies enliven the vase. Meanwhile the stainless steel mortar restrains a paperweight.
A more sophisticated use of contrasts is evident with the playful interaction of colors and shapes that are rooted in the smooth, blue glass vase. As an aside, the onyx sphere rests in a turquoise mug.
The Blue Jay of Happiness likes this quote from graphic design illustrator, John Van Hamersveld. “In teaching color, you teach people how to look something and see the tone in it and break it down to be able to paint it and reproduce that color. But then, I’m psychedelic, so I look at color differently. I like colors that are in contrast with one another, so that they flicker back and forth.”