Editor's Inspiration

Published on December 8th, 2016 | by Eric


Finding color inspiration in nature

It might be hard to believe in these dull wintry months, but color inspiration can be found all around you. Before choosing a colorway for your next project, take a look at Mother Nature’s palette. 




Choosing colors for a new project can be a daunting task for some. Maybe it’s a fear of clashing, or a lack of inspiration. If it’s the latter, just take a look at what’s around you, and I bet you’ll find some great ideas. If you’re stuck in a city in the middle of winter, you might be better suited doing a quick search online for your favorite travel destination or season. Here are some photos that I’ve taken over the years with some great hues to inspire.


Autumn leaves

Autumn leaves

Autumn palette


Believe it or not, this picturesque scene was taken in the heart of New York City. I couldn’t pass up all of these great colors without stopping to take a photo. Taking a look at this image I can see multiple shades of yellows, greens, reds, browns, greys, blues, and even purples.


Pink roses

Pink roses

Rose shades


This photo of bridesmaids and their bouquets has a wide range of pinks, creams and greens. You could choose a multitude of different colorways from this image, but here I’ve chosen a light pink, a fuchsia, and a deep green.


Florida sunset

Florida sunset

Sunset hues


This sunset in Florida has some magical combinations of pinks and purples with a bit of orange sneaking in as well. Sunsets, and photos of sunsets can provide you with some great color choices.


Caribbean beach

Caribbean beach

Caribbean colorway


I love this photo. It was taken on a remote beach in the Dominican Republic, and the range of blues between the water and the sky is incredible. Of course there are some greens in the trees, and the light brown sand as well. Infinite color combinations here.

Would you like to delve a little deeper into the art (and science) behind color palettes? Check out this great article by Angie. If you have any questions, tips, or tricks on choosing colors, we’d love to hear from you in the comments!

About the Author

is a photographer, copywriter, rock climber, skier, traveler, and aspiring knitter. His work has been been published in many international newspapers, magazines, websites, books and even a billboard in Brooklyn.

2 Responses to Finding color inspiration in nature

  1. Lana says:

    OMG…these colors are awesome! How privileged we are to have beautiful talent in our yarn world.

  2. Flo says:

    this is amazing; I always have difficulty with colors.
    I love to crochet and most times I just use basic colors
    again, these colors are beautiful !!!!!!!!!!

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