Whatever is a Warm Autumn?
I often get letters from people who really don't understand what their color is supposed to be about.
Autumn is always Warm, always Deep and always Soft (Muted).
methods of Color Analysis are always popping up but I never give them a
great deal of thought. Both the Tonal and Seasonal methods work
perfectly well and complement each other.
After all the hype, every method comes down to the same straight-forward idea of connecting or matching color characteristics with your own natural characteristics.
When you surround yourself with colors that echo your own natural coloring then you create balance. Simple!
But some methods of Color Analysis do nothing but create confusion. Let me explain...
AUTUMN, for example, is made up of 3 color characteristics - WARM, DEEP and MUTED (Soft).
So if you are AUTUMN you are always WARM, always DEEP and always MUTED - these 3 characteristics have to be present to actually determine you as an Autumn.
Your natural coloring is soft and elegant, rich and classicly blended.
As a Warm Autumn you are directed and limited to the warmest colors within the AUTUMN color palette.
With a restricted range of colors the shades become so specific that it's extremely difficult to recognize them and almost impossible to shop because your choice is so limited.
You're not a TRUE AUTUMN - so you've got to be something else!
Your Warm undertone gives off a 'golden glow' and each of the colors in the WARM color family have the same yellow undertone as your own and will complement your natural coloring - creating harmony!
This beautiful color palette will give you a wide mix of the very best shades to experiment, play with and enjoy!
We know that some people are still nervous or will deride Color Analysis. That's probably because they think their color choice is going to be severely limited. This kind of Analysis does just that.
When I was first introduced to Color Analysis I felt very 'put out' when I was given a small swatch and told what I 'could' and 'couldn't' wear by a very dogmatic consultant. Probably like you, I don't like being 'told' what to do. You know what makes you feel good and you need choice.
Color Analysis should give
you the widest possible choice of shades that
will harmonize with and enhance your natural coloring. Your best colors
should be pointed out but if some colors are new you should be
encouraged to experiment. Our choice is usually influenced by mood and
If your color direction is correct you will see many familiar and favorite shades and your own instincts are reinforced. Color is a fabulous medium, it's here to be enjoyed and it's FUN!
A True Autumn color swatch should include shades of every color - reds, blues, greens, yellows, purples, greys, beige, browns. Each one has elements of the Warm, Deep and Muted elements that complement your natural coloring.
have your favorites, some will look better than others. Season to
season you'll be influenced by fashion and your tastes will develop and
You'll choose your softer or deeper colors according to mood and occasion; professional, conservative, holiday time etc. but as long as you're within your color direction you really can't go wrong. However, once this color mix is diluted you're severely restricted.