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"I Am a Winter [Autumn, Spring or Summer]!"
This is what you may have said to yourself if a color consultant has analyzed your natural coloring. A color analysis is in order to identifyI the most appropriate colors and even designs for your wardrobe and accessories. And it is all because of ancestry. Heredity is what you received genetically, half from your mother and half from your father. That is based on what they received, in turn, through their own ancestors. This is what has determined your body’s basic physical characteristics, including coloring, since birth.
In this color analysis method, the terms Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn are names which will be used for the classic color groups. Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn have been used with poetic license for the purpose of analyzing a person’s coloration. A color analysis is when someone or you yourself observes your coloring, to select desirable colors for a wardrobe.
This Winning Colors method can also be used for other purposes. Any activity in life that calls for a color design scheme, can be analyzed as one of these seasons. Each of these seasonal terms is generic, a comprehensive category composed of many sub-categories, each of which will be discussed. The terms are not meant literally as a time of the year.
A majority of the world’s population is composed of what we call Winter people, whose distinguishing features are observable, recognizably brunette dark hair and eyes. This includes families of descent from Europe, Asia, Oceania, Africa, India, North and South America, the Arctic, Polynesia, the Middle East, and large parts of Russia.
You may never have had your colors analyzed. Or perhaps you did, nodding your head in agreement, but ultimately felt bewildered and confined by the season that was identified as yours as a result.
For example, as a brunette, you may have learned you are in the Winter classification. While your generic season, Winter, was basically right, the palette offered as the most harmonious and complimentary solution wasn’t fully working for you. Taking a look at this, and as a result of independent research, in this book there are many Chapters devoted to the diverse types of Winters that were discovered. The result is a more precise and useful color analysis. The right palette for you is one that looks the best when you try on clothes in those colors and designs.
For the remaining people of European descent, the more fair Spring, Summer and Autumnyou are of great interest, too! There is a Profile particularly devoted to your own fascinating seasonal good looks. There are a large number of Springs, Summers and Autumns that are perplexed because they have been given the generic color palette for their season, and yet yearn to wear another season’s colors. This is because they have observed they look so great and feel right wearing some of the other colors. Those observations are actually intriguing and correct.
The purpose of this book is to further explore in greater depth both classic and mixed seasonal Profiles, as well as international Profiles. This will help you come to grips with your own Deep, Asian or Light Winter; or Mixed Spring, Summer or Autumn. This book, which is based on what was learned, can help you, too, sort the matter out by finding a more precise and personal analysis. You don’t have cookie-cutter coloring, so why should your palette? The color palettes and your own imagination are the only limits to what colors you choose to wear.
By way of some background on color consultation, it began long before we were born. The observation has previously been made that people are brunettes, red-heads, and dark and light blonds―appellations which today developed into Winters, Autumns, Summers and Springs, respectively. It was known that these colorations each called for some specific colors in their wardrobes, for enhanced personal beauty, self-confidence, and even well-being. For example, among the customary early considerations were that blonds should wear black, and if you have red hair you should wear green. This book does away with previous stereotypes like those, about color. Someone with pre-conceived ideas from the past may be surprised!
Later, a Swiss-born professional artist and professor, Johannes Itten, made more detailed observations. He taught at a well-respected art and architectural design school, The Bauhaus, in Germany, which was popular during the 1920’s and 30’s. The goal of that distinguished design association was to reconcile traditional standards of artistic excellence with the accelerated development of highly functional modern technology in the society. This philosophy embraced functional, sleek and elegant design, known today as Art Deco. As the name of this style implies, it was part art, and part decoration.
Professor Itten noticed his art students’ paintings seemed to express themselves in four types of styles, which he figuratively named after the seasonsSpring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. His inspiration came when he detected that these four natural color schemes seemed to be reflected in every living thing found in nature, as well.
Unfortunately The Bauhaus was suppressed during the regime of Adolf Hitler. However, Itten's four-seasonal ideas were rediscovered, and served as the foundation for a half-dozen or so popular books, using what we now know as seasonal color theory for personal beauty. Their purpose was to analyze a person’s coloring and match it with suggested colors for choosing one’s best, most flattering wardrobe and makeup colors. A whole new art in the field of women’s fashion arose surrounding the conventional four-seasonal color analysis theory, with just four palettes.
There are good reasons for a Personal Color Palette. You could wear the finest suit from an expensive designer, but if it is not the right color for you it will not be as attractive as it appeared on the model or on a hanger. On the other hand, if you bought that same suit in a color you know looks particularly well with your own hereditary coloring, it will be of very good appearance and make you look and feel attractive wearing it. Even if you’re wearing your most casual weekend clothes, you can look quite wonderful if you have your winning power colors on. At work, it will fine-tune a dignified and attractive appearance for you.
Such a color gives a strong impression of, "It looks right. I go with it. I definitely look my best wearing it." You have recognized that it is a Winning Color for you! Knowing your key colors and using them can be very rewardingit becomes wearable art. And you can be more sure and confident, as using the right colors takes the struggle and guesswork out of dressing, bringing your personal looks into focus.
Using your best colors is important when you need to have that personal appeal. That would be for an extra-special date when you want to look particularly attractive, at a job interview to stand out from other applicants, or for some formal event. Men, especially, who use this method rely on it to have a work wardrobe they know will both impress others, and make sense to you yourself. Reason enough to know your best colors are an important meeting, prom night, your wedding dayor even just to brighten up an ordinary day. What about when you wear a bathing suit and that is all you have on? Surely it would need to be the right color for you.
But it has not always been easy to know what the right colors are. Previously, discerning and using the most appropriate colors for clothes and accessories for each type was an art. But today we can be scientific, as well, because of our knowledge of genetics. And that is the scope of this book, to analyze your inherited coloring to easily find them for your wardrobe, those which are the most handsome or beautiful on youyour Winning Colors.
Today, within the basically brunette group, there are many types of good looks. To classify a Chinese person and someone from Central Africa in the same group as regards personal color selection, would appear to be a mistake. There are certain outstanding differences in inherited traits, involving the selection of harmonious colors to wear.
Did you know that albinos (people with no pigmentation) are in the Light Winter category? These people have pure white hair (actually transparent strands) and transparent irises and skin. Winning Colors would say that this person is Recessively Light Spring-Summer. It is almost as if the two light colorings just could not be reconciled into a common statement, so it was decided to skip ita person with no coloring!
In addition, I am sure you are familiar with the brunette who has golden-streaked hair, and those with bright blue eyes. Perhaps you yourself have one or two features that don’t match with classic Winter. These differences among Winters call for separate color design schemes.
USING THE SPECIAL PROFILE PALETTES
Try picturing this. Special Palettes originated when considering the theory of Winter coloring. Someone had tried for weeks to reconcile her own coloring with that described during a seasonal color analysis. The so-called blue undertone she was supposed to have was found to be completely absent (even though it is a Winter trait according to conventional theories).
At the same time, large light freckles, as well as small, medium brown ones, and dark ones are present (Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter traits, by the same theory). Also, her hair was streaked blond as a child. It startled everyone by turning much darker as she became eight to ten years of age. As a baby, though, her dark eyes prompted her parents to affectionately nickname her Chink, due to their dark color and near-Asian slant. There was a deep blue outline and undertone to her eyes. Discrepancies were just chalked up as some unusual inconsistencies that she alone possessed, to the detriment of being able to find her own best colors by the conventional color analysis methods!
The matter of seasonal coloring became more confusing, however, when she got married and tried to analyze her husband's coloring through existing theories. He apparently could be either a Spring or a Summer, impossible to sort outand is a sort of dark blond with peach undertones. However, his eyes were rather blue, but changeable. He had a light golden undertone to the skin, inconsistent with Summer. But it was chatoyant, shifting to a light blue undertone at times and just simply beige-white at other times, with high color in the cheeks.
And then when they had a son, imagine what a mix their offspring would have to be―which put the new mother in a new confusion. This baby, so adorable, so handsome, had grey-blue eyes, light golden-undertoned complexion, and red-blond hair. It must be Spring, she thought! And then one day he was wearing a baby garment a neighbor had given him as a gift (who didn't know anything about seasonal color analysis), decking the baby out in classic Winter colors. It was noticeable that they did look great on him! Further, Springs are not supposed to look good in black, but he did. Now, ten years later, the grown man has a creamy-light complexion with high color, accompanied by golden-brown hair and grey-blue eyes—not fully brunette by any theory.
This same person’s daughter seemed to be Spring, too, with strawberry-blond hair, blue eyes and various kinds of freckles. But it didn’t seem possible that the Winter mother could have given birth to such Spring-colored children. Everyone knows that Winter coloring dominates!
Perhaps most difficult, having evaluated the identity of her basic season as well as possible, the color palettes she intended to use for herself and her family, just did not seem to fully function.
For example, years before she had already found power colors for herself, many of them were not even mentioned on the list of colors for Winters, such as olive and coral. On the other hand, some of the colors that were advised in the four-season theory, such as yellow, she knew were unattractive for her to wear.
These are the actual first-hand experiences that led to the research and creation of this new and better color theory. You yourself have probably had similar experiences involving your own individual coloration. It is with this that the casual study other people's coloring, in the light of the conventional color theory and skepticism about it, began. It was a surprise to discover that other people, too, had inconsistencies with the suggested colors. And Black, Chinese, and other Winter people (all Winters, by definition, due to their brunette coloring), from many parts of the world, did not always fit the color charts intended for Winters generally.
The author of a best-selling colorbook of the time, following the four-season approach, herself observed that there are many kinds of Winters. In doing follow-up research, the first finding was that, using by definition just the four seasons, was simply not precise enough. And where it did apply, it did so for people who have Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn colorings found natively only in Western nations.
The question in researching, then, was: which would be the right colors for members of not only European color families, but others as well? Perhaps there are more than just four seasonal palettes, to cover all the colorations human beings have? These were earnest questions, inspiring intense research providing fruitful answers to these, and other questions.
It became clear that since Johannes Itten's time, a melting pot has been bubbling. The number of marriages between people of differing seasons and genetic backgrounds grew during the 1900's, increasing the number of mixed colorations among people internationally. The basic four-season analysis had to give way in the face of this complex, eclectic scene, to a more encompassing, yet simplifying, view.
This book will share with you exciting observations and discoveries, which were delightful to bring to light. They have been verified, regarding not only European seasonal types of coloration, but those from other lands, as well. Though the human gene pool is identical from person to person, it has an infinite variety of expression within individuals, and within the families and clans of people. Our common gene pool is what unites us in our humanity!
The color charts here are found to express not only this, but to be representative of continuing design theme patterns. They strike deep chords resonating into the heart of one’s recognition and appreciation of color and design.
The study of coloration is forever fascinating. It may be speculated that human beings have developed it, over millions of years, to suit their loves, diet, how they make their living, aesthetic aspirations, and in response to geographic characteristics and weather conditions, in order to continually survive better.
In addition, peeping into that moment, a moment of intimacy between a man and a woman, there is a certain poignancy in taking up the resulting colorations. Perhaps each conception has been influenced by even its parents thoughts and feelings at the time. Their baby may reflect their feelings toward each other, and what is desirable.
DNA testing is a powerful tool for medical and forensic research. Much of the DNA testing does not touch upon inherited characteristics we are having a look at during our world tour. This mean characteristics such as beige, blue-undertoned, or yellowish complexion; or a striating pattern (lines) within blue eyes; and other details.
Resulting from field study of people with a variety of colorations, interviewing, and performing color analyses for people in all walks of life, it became clear that there are numerous variations in colorings among people. It also became evident that each group or sub-group calls for Special Color tables and design strategies based on their natural coloring, for the most complimentary wardrobe possible. Winning Colors are those that experience has shown go very well with a particular type of coloring. You will find not only your own very precise color palette in this book, while also enjoying learning about others’ from around the world!
We named these collections Winning Colors, because they harmonize perfectly with what nature gave you, never detract, and always look most flattering. The decision to use these new key color plates will emphasize all your good qualities, and ensure your personal presence and good looks.
It is also an economical decision, because using color wisely to enhance your wardrobe does not have a price tag. Colors cannot be weighed and sold by the ounce! Buying clothes by color reduces the waste of having bought a wrong item. You will reach for them time and again. As a bonus, clothes bought by color will never add a single calorie to your diet, although they can be used to create a fuller or a slimmer look to suit you even better.
Each of us is a special person, comes from a certain background, culturally, genetically and spiritually, but is an individual. This book is necessarily proactive, meant for you to use and evaluate in relation to the blending of personal coloration which you alone possess. Hopefully, based on what was found through the research, these insights will provide some worthy guidelines.
Generic recommendations and suitable colors for classic Light Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn, is the first step. We call these classic Profiles, and the color plates that go with them, classic palettes. This allows you to recognize those certain qualities that are characteristic for each of the four seasons, when discussions take place in the book. However, to use this color system, it is necessary to learn your own basic season’s traits.
The second step is to find out what your special palette is. Each of the major colorings will be reviewed, along with their specialized colors and styles. Many pages following trace families around the world.
Finally, attention will be paid to Mixed Light Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn, and their specialized color and design plates. The Profiles include a palette following a coloration Profile, showing Winning Colors and designs that go well with it, in about the same order they are mentioned in the text. Color plates containing examples of the most suitable metals for your coloring, Key to the Metals, is at the end of the book. It would be wise to remember that the color swatches are representative of a theme, or mood, and that is what you are really trying to identify, not so much any particular exact color or pattern.
You will be surprised how easy it is to identify your own Special Colors, through reading the text, examining the color plates, and by using the testing technique. There are also illustrative portraits of men and women with a particular coloration, to further explore some of the looks. However, each color classification is actually a range with variations. The illustration represents a typical instance of one who is in that color Profile. If the color plates and Profile illustrations prove to be not enough for every instance, then reading the Profile's text will resolve it. The text is the basic information.
It is believed that the mixed offspring from two or more genetic types of families have physically hardy builds and constitutions, and mental strength. Children with mixed family backgrounds also show more varied coloration.
Let us make an example. A recessively-Autumn Winter refers to someone whose dominant colors are Winter, but who has one or two color traits from the Autumn people in the family. Geneticists would call what we are discussing, a cross with other types of colorings. And for the sake of convenience, we call the season that does not exhibit itself as strongly, but has influence, recessive (in this case, Recessively Autumn). That is what usually happens, a dominant and a recessive season..
The word recessive has a specialized meaning here, to apply in this way. If you discover you are a Winter who is recessively Autumn, you have a particular set of power colors which form a Special Palette for you. These colors are neither the generic Winter nor generic Autumn colors. Colors you find by using the Winning Colors techniques are useful in addition to, or even instead of, the standard Winter or Autumn paletteand your personal appearance will look all the better for them!
A person’s coloration is a little like an artist’s pigments. Take an artist who is working with black paint. If a brighter color such as red (Autumns are known for their red hair) is mixed in, it won’t be obvious, even though he knows that red is present in the dominant black.
Similarly, you may have, say, genes for dark hair and eyes from your father’s side (Winter), but red hair from your mother’s side (Autumn). You may not appear to be red-headed because the genes for dark hair and eyes have dominated your coloration. However, it can be found on careful observation that the red-headed (Autumn) genes will have modified the Winter brown eyes, to brown with a reddish cast; and dark hair, to dark hair with warm highlights. You are a Winter but have physical characteristics which have been modified by the Autumn from your mother’s side, which are only recessively displayed. It has an impact on what colors look best on you. In this example, although you are a Winter, you have the special selections from the Winter, Recessively Autumn group’s colors. This is a created example of using a Special Palette of Winning Colors.
Very often people in real life don’t follow just their mother’s and father’s coloring, alone. Inherited characteristics, according to geneticists, derive from all one’s ancestral chain from both sides of your family, and how those genetic backgrounds have combined. Even if you don’t know who your ancestors were, you will certainly learn more about them by reading this book. You might be amazed and learn something new about them that you would never have suspected. Rarely one will even find a throw-back, someone whose coloration reflects some now long-forgotten traits from earlier ancestors, present in small volume in both sides of the family, so they rarely become apparent.
Palette is the word used by artists for a selection of color samples arrayed on a tray or plate. The painter dabbles his brush into it, loading it with colored pigment for his work. In this book, each color palette is a creation using the writer’s taste and artistry. It is intended as a guide, to go with certain physical characteristics, such as skin tone, hair color, and the color of the eyestraits peculiar to the sub-group being discussed in the text. In addition to the vertical arrangement, at times there is another scale from left to right horizontally, reflecting dissimilar tones or qualities of the same color, or an array of related suitable colors and patterns. Each of these color plates has colors and designs chosen for compatibility with the sub-group under discussion. You are invited to make your own observations and notes, including color samples for you and your family, as well. In the end you will know your Special Palette. You yourself are the final arbiter of what will be the best colors for your wardrobe, your Winning Colors, and that are the most flattering.
Knowing and using your own Special Palette of Winning Colors, if you find you are a mix such as our Winter, Recessively Autumn example, gives a custom designer look to all the clothes you have selected and wear. It promises a wardrobe composed of items that complement each other naturally. It is worthwhile to learn more about this colors theory. Included are styles, patterns and textures in men’s and women’s clothing; jewelry, hair and women’s cosmetics, as appropriate, based on naturally inherited coloring.
Under each heading named for a particular type of coloration, there are traits and suggestions. Illustrative anecdotes, historical notes, legends and lore are added. On the page following each color group’s Profile, there is a color plate with columns of rectangles arranged vertically, which are key color, fabric, or design samples matching those named in the text. Where reference is made to a commonly known color such as black or white, if that color has already been presented on a previous palette, it may not be reproduced again, but will simply be referred to. In some instances the palette provided for a color classification is only partial, becoming complete by adding the colors of a cross-referenced palette.
Named colorations can be looked up using the Profile Index at the end of the book. The Map at the beginning of the book is also a help when questions arise.
There suggestions about accessories, hairstyles, designs and styling to harmonize with your personal best color and design scheme. Of course costume jewelry interpretations can be used in place of high priced jewels. The accessory ideas will not detract from Winning Colors; but rather, be an excellent balance to them.
What Makes A Season Dominant
One season is dominant in a person, not because more genes are present, because there are more visible traits present, and they are more visibly inherited from that season. The reason for that is in times past, the dominant season's people bred among themselves more exclusively, and for a longer period of time. That created traits that are in a more concentrated form, likely to be passed on without modification, since new traits being added in to their genetics are not as well-established.
Yet one does inherit something from other seasons, in the case of mixed colorings, even if it doesn’t show as strongly. If that second set of characteristic Profile traits can't be passed on as unvaryingly as the dominant season, it becomes recessive. The traits are still there, in an equal volume to the dominant traits, but are not as easily combinable in as strong a showing of coloration.
This is how colorings get bred out, or disappear from the race; and bred in, or are caused to appear more commonly. Men have used inbreeding to obtain a stock in which the most desirable (for the owner) characteristics dominate, and that breed true. Here we only use genetics to help us guide our way; it is of itself a complete subject that many people spend years studying and researching.
Do men have something to gain from this book? Yes, men, too, have the coloring of any of these special types. They certainly can find the look they want (or do not want) by knowing about their Winning Colors, and are encouraged to do so. Ideas for men are included in the text for each category.
The last paragraphs (or even before) in a Profile, discussions about makeup and jewelry specifically for women appear. But, suggested colors and many of the patterns can be interpreted for men’s shirts, suits, and casual clothes, and accessories. This includes ties, shoes, eyeglasses frames, even your wallet or the color of your car. There are specific guidelines and themes for a man’s wardrobe throughout, as appropriate. Notations for cosmetics and other subjects of particular feminine interest are placed at the end of the Profiles, in italics, enabling you to read or skip them if you choose. They also make a uniquely wonderful guide for buying gifts for your female loved ones.
One observation seems to be particularly consistent among men. That is, they look so neat and professional when their business shirts are starchy white, or with just a hint of color, called a tint, as well as pastel, light, and iced colors for shirts. Darker colors will make you appear more casual.
Generally, in the business world, a man will choose colors from the plates that are more masculine. They should not be too bright or unusual for his wardrobe’s purposes, to achieve that professional and upscale look. Men lean toward more neutral, toned down versions of colors. Out of respect for stylistic differences between men and women ("Vive la différence!"), discussions for women alone are printed in italics.
On-The-Go Beauty and Fashion-Conscious Women
Winning Colors is a great way to look wonderful even without fashion fads or makeup. But for those who are fashion-conscious, there are some special benefits. It is very common for women today to color their hair, wear foundation correcting complexion flaws, and sometimes even to change their eye color by selecting colored contact lenses or other means.
Defining your colors is especially rewarding because you can achieve harmony with color features nature already gave to you. Improve on them by selecting the best cosmetic and hair colors for you as shown in the scales. For instance, the Autumn-recessive Winter person again as the example, can change hair color to one of the mahogany colors, wear grey-blue contact lenses, and have a wardrobe full of clothing selected exactly per the Autumn Special Palette spectrum. This produces an elegantly natural look, harmonizing with itself, lightening the basic coloring, Winter. This can result in having an Autumn appearance, for all the world! Similarly, blonds can create a more Winter (brunette) appearance. Brunettes wishing a blond appearance have to do a more thorough makeover, as Winter coloring usually clearly dominates.
As a caution, she would still need to avoid colors not in the Special Palette, such as brown, even though it is an Autumn color. No matter the wardrobe colors and cosmetic changes, it is still not true Autumn coloration.
Women who are stars in the business world will select more womanly (meaning not masculine) styles, in colors that are not too bright or unusual. That leads to a strong successful look in your environment at work or at social occasions that are rather conservative.
During childhood, often Winters (those brunettes) do not fully reveal their Winter characteristics. In fact, all babies are born with blue eyes. A baby born with blue eyes and blond hair can end up with deeper coloring in a few years. Often Light Winter children have a light hair color until well out of their toddler years. This makes it more difficult to shrewdly analyze their colorations.
However, no danger can arise from dressing any baby or child in lighter, brighter colors, even if you find out after the child grows older that he or she belongs to a sub-group with a subtler, deeper palette. Children look good in light, bright colors anyway! You would probably not dress a very young person in black.
The Mature Reader
We know that lighter, brighter and gentler colors are great on the young, but what about those who are past middle age? Winning Colors can help take years off your looks. Choosing the deeper, more sophisticated spectrum is a good idea. In keeping with the wisdom and sensibility that comes with the years, your wardrobe best reflects those traits. Choose styles and colors that are milder than those a younger person can get away with.
Persons past middle age should avoid spectrum extremes. You will do well to remain mid-stream, even slightly to the deeper end in shades of your power colors. Choosing colors correctly enhances the appearance of a senior person dramatically, allowing you to look and feel younger. In fact, when the assistance of dieting, fitness and beauty aids begin to lose their effectiveness, using Winning Colors Palettes remains a help to enhancing your appearance, actually becoming a more effective tool over the years.
If You Are Weight-Conscious
A new, workable approach to emphasizing slender looks for you is found on the color table pages. Most color sample are very close to identical in size and shape to the other samples on the palette. Although it is only a trick of the eye, observe that some of the rectangles appear larger, plumper if you will, than another one in the same plate. This phenomenon gives you the power to choose those colors and designs that either slenderize, or give a fuller appearance. Try wearing them and see if it doesn’t change the way you look, from the standpoint of weight.
Physically Handicapped or Suffering From an Illness
Sometimes Winning Colors technique is especially useful. For example, for someone who is bedridden or handicapped, no matter what, this technique always seems to work. Can you imagine how much better the person feels and looks, when wearing something they know looks well on them?
It is a misfortune that a physically disabled or sick person has a tendency to look in mirror, and see nothing but what they don't like, reducing their self-esteem and personal confidence. That may have occurred hundreds of times. With Winning Colors, they look in the mirror and see something they do like; and need to do it often. It helps a person be more comfortable with their body and appearance in general, almost acting as a new kind of therapy.
The Gift of Clothing
Learning the Profiles of friends and relatives opens the door to outstanding clothing gifts. Who would not appreciate your thoughtfulness, and enjoy a gift chosen that undoubtedly will most flatter the wearer? If you want to buy memorable presents for your loved ones, this is a new buying tool for greater joy in giving.
Pets and Animals
Some people, after becoming familiar with the Winning Colors technique, have a pleasant time analyzing their pet’s colors. For example, perhaps your miniature apricot poodle is a Spring-Autumn! A bay mare may very well respond to purchasing accessories for her based on Autumn, Recessively Winter colors. A black Labrador retriever would look great with a color from the Light Winter palette.
Pets, by the use of Winning Colors, can become more appealing in their looks, more in-focus. You can test palettes on your pets for which are most handsome for collars, leashes, capes or other pet accessories. Even wild animals benefit. Someone who knows the Winning Colors method mentioned that the deer family’s coloring is Winter, Recessively Spring. So depictions of deer in photos would take into consideration their palette, for magically enhanced photographs.
Decorating Your Living Spaces Inside and Out-of-Doors
Have you ever noticed that some rooms have a special character? You will enjoy choosing appropriate color themes and design strategies for various rooms and living spaces. Color and design schemes are an outstanding aid to interior decoration! Rooms may or may not take the Winning Colors of their owners, but seem to possess their own personality, taking on a life of their own. You can express and capitalize on these moods by selecting the right color palette. Use them to create an atmospheric color scheme for certain rooms.
For example, a summer room would be very lovely decorated with Summer, Recessively Spring colors. And let’s remember the plants. Indoor flower and plant arrangements can underscore the tone and feel you want from a color Profile.
Homes and buildings may well benefit from an international mood or flavor. Specific looks are created by deciding on and using Winning Color schemes from all parts of the world. It is also a great opportunity to choose what you are most fond of and feel the most comfortable with.
Another use for professional decorators is to consider the palettes in discerning the preferences of his or her clients. They can be provided with a selection of palettes with which to put together rooms that are unique, expressive, and beautiful. Each color scale has a particular magic. Decorating clients are delighted to peruse them and make selections that beautify their favorite rooms.
A tried and true technique of interior designers can be used in conjunction with the Winning Colors Profiles in the following way. The secret of this technique is to create a color theme for a particular room, by choosing two main colors. For example, to decorate a child’s room, you might choose the yellow and aqua from the classic Spring palette, for the floor covering and walls. Then, there should one (or at most two) additional colors in the scheme as minor or alternate colors, which can be echoed in the bedspread pattern, curtains, or wall art posters which will complement the two main colors. For this you might choose the light red and spring green. You can then use the Spring colors plate to select a harmonious type of wood, used in the construction of the furnishings, moldings, picture frames, and the like.
In this example, the light golden browns of the Spring palette would lead you to choosing furniture made of pine or teak. There are more ideas in the category you are choosing, for patterns and design. For example, if lace is suggested as a fabric, you could interpret it using lace tablecloths, or inner lace panels for your double draped windows. The color and design systems in this way create a sophisticated, unique designer look, effortlessly.
Outdoor color designs for the house and its trim painting, landscaping, outdoor patio and deck decorating benefit from these Profiles, too. Your entire neighborhood can have a best palette. Just as one example, older cities are often Autumn, Recessively Winter. That is seen by impressive ornate doorways, charming green parks, colorful gardens, red brick buildings and sidewalks, and black wrought-iron lampposts and stairway railings. When newer buildings need to be built in such an area, the Autumn, Recessively Winter color and design system points the way to contemporary harmonious expansion into an historic neighborhood. This is how Winning Colors technology can contribute to the more aesthetic development of our communities, beautifying our living spaces in endless ways, when used resourcefully.
Artists—also Internet Designers, Marketing People, Film-Makers, Designers, and Beauty Professionals
Rendering vital, realistic coloring is challenging. Anyone who has created artwork with people as subjects, particularly portraits, has encountered the hurdle of trying to depict realistic, expressive and meaningful coloration for their subjects. Skin tones, hair color and the best clothing colors can be very elusive. Endless, time-consuming and often fruitless debates have taken place among graphic designers, artists and instructors of these subjects. This book represents the first simple, rational, usable and aesthetic approach to help solve this problem.
Treatment of a subject in color calls for an understanding acquired by knowing Winning Colors design techniques. Film-makers will envision their cinematography more creatively, marketing experts know more about designing the colors for their presentations, the internet will use colors better, and their teachers everywhere can help students learning about color.
Clothing and wardrobe designers have a new, powerful, and reliable tool in their hands. Hair colorists will increase their expertise by choosing better colors and highlights, and cosmetologists improve their already considerable power to make people more attractive.
Personal Notes and Observations
To return to the expectation of this book, selecting your personal colors will enhance your personal appearance. It is a good idea, when examining your own naturally inherited coloration, to do so in the light of day. Most likely you will need to take notes. There are sheets at the back of the book for this purpose. When looking at eye color, it is even best to use a hand mirror out of doors with full sun shining, without any makeup, in its most natural state.
This can be very revealing. When one person did this, for example, she was startled to find that under the dark brown iris of her eyes, there was another solid layer of another color, light golden orange. This particular layering of colors is a recessively Spring-Autumn trait. She was very interested to learn that, because it helped her to analyze her coloring. While looking in the mirror, observe also if there are any starburst, snowflake-type patterns, or striating lines, like spokes in a wheel, from the center of the eye (the black pupil) to the edge of the iris (the colored part of the eye).
Another feature not to miss is, is there a dark ring around the iris? If so, what is the character of it, such as, is it much darker than the rest of the iris, is the ring slender or wide, and is it a soft (blended, unclear edges), or a hard ring? If your eyes are changeable in color, or are a combination of colors, observe if the colors are distributed in a random, mottled way on the iris, or in a regular, geometric way. Is the entire iris one solid hue? Even though solid, does that one hue change with the weather, mood and lighting conditions? Does it have an undertone of a different color? Is the eye color soft, warm, shining, sparkling, or none of these?
Regarding hair, note natural highlight colors. You may want to either recall or examine your natural hair color growing in at the roots, for this analysis. As roots begin to grow out, it can be seen there. If your hair has turned white or grey, remember its original natural color, and make a note of it. In the event of hair loss, use your knowledge of its original color.
For a look at skin tone, the most revealing area to detect blue undertones is in the under-eye area. For Deep Winter (meaning of the darkest Winter coloring, black hair and dark brown eyes and skin), around the lips and forehead are also critical areas for this purpose.
You should note if your skin is transparent or opaque, and its general character. If you have a tan, choose an area that has been hidden away from the sun, such as the underside of the upper arm, to examine your true skin tone. Some people use a white piece of paper as a neutral background when looking at skin tone. It can also be helpful to note if you have a lot or a few freckles, and if they are golden-light, dark, medium in color, large or small in size, and if the freckles are of more than one kind. Also note any color in the cheeks, or other superficial redness, and if you flush or blush easily.
It is useful to know something about your general build. Such as, do you have what people call good bones (meaning, the way your body is built as a result of your bone structure)? Are you unusually large, tall, or are you are slight and small of stature?
You have taken the important first step by patiently making these observations and written them down in a notebook, or on pages provided at the end of the book for your Notes and Observations.
Since you have noted personal coloration characteristics, and we have reviewed the use of the Special Palettes, including international palettes, as a versatile tool, we are ready to discover your own particular power colors. This begins by first exploring four classic, true, or unmixed seasonal and color schemes, which can be used for your wardrobe and general color design.
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