How to use your Color Swatch?

Do you know how to use your color swatch?

We all know how difficult it is to hold a color shade in your head and store lighting makes it more so. So a swatch fan in your bag will show you how to recognize the best colors to suit you. Not only does it make shopping easier but reassures you that you're spending wisely.  

No more mistakes hanging in the wardrobe and being able to always look your best. 

Whatever your color family, holding your new color swatch in your hand is very exciting as you flick through the beautiful colors and recognize how easily they all harmonize. 

But what next? Uh..uh... how am I supposed to transform these stunning colors into clothes to make me look fabulous?

It's virtually impossible to match any color exactly and this is not how a color swatch is intended to be used... 

How to use your Color Swatch whether it's Tonal or Seasonal #colorswatch

Your colors for your lifestyle...

Don't panic because your wardrobe only has to work for you and your lifestyle. You don't need an extensive and expensive wardrobe and a bit of planning works wonders.

If you’re a Mom at home you probably have a wardrobe full of jeans and casual tops with the odd dressy thing for evenings out.  In an office all day then you’re likely to have more formal clothes but perhaps you've neglected your leisure wear. 

We all start from a different place; our lives are diverse. Age, personality, your culture and climate will all have influenced your choice up until now.

So have a quick closet tidy-up so you can see what you've got to work with and off we go!

Your color family...

Whether you have a Tonal Color Family or you're one of the Seasons, you use your color swatch in exactly the same way. Just as a family is linked by blood a Color Family is linked by color characteristics.

Fan out your swatch and see how all the colors harmonize because they share the same color characteristic (or characteristics). This is a common denominator so there is no color clash. 

How to use your color swatch as a blending tool...

How to use your color swatch as a blending tool #color analysis #color swatch
  • Use your color swatch as a blending tool to see if it 'connects' with the fabric background.

  • In the image above we're looking at the whole color palette to make it easier. On the left the Warm colors 'sit' uncomfortably on the cool pink; on the right the colors settle in harmoniously with the warm toned fabric background because the colors 'connect'.
  • Take any garment from your wardrobe, fan out your color swatch to similarly colored ‘windows’ and see if the colors harmonize. Do the red windows sit happily with your red sweater? Do the green windows sit happily with your green skirt?
  • Colors will rarely be identical, they could be lighter or deeper, they just have to make this connection.
  • Learn how to use your color swatch as a blending tool and it will work for all the clothes in your wardrobe and when you're shopping.

It will help to know the characteristics of the Color Family you are looking for so check out the Seasons and the Tonal Color Families to see how they are described. e.g. With the Cool color family you're looking for a blue undertone; with the Bright color family you're looking for clarity.

If it looks good with your swatch it will look great on YOU!

How to use your color swatch as a blending tool #color analysis #color swatch

With the Muted swatch you are looking for softness.  Above left, the Muted swatch makes a 'connection' with the soft colors and is easily absorbed into the picture. On the right the swatch is completely overpowered by the bright clear colors. 

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