Can you identify the Warm neutrals? Neutrals are not the first thing that comes to mind when you have a fabulous new color palette in your hand.
It's easy to get excited about all the beautiful brights but, until you can recognize your basic (almost boring) neutrals, it's impossible to begin any kind of color co-ordination.
Warm neutrals and accents colors to tone
What is a Warm Neutral?
We don't see neutral colors in the rainbow. And although beige, brown, grey, navy, black and different shades of white appear to be colorless, most of the time they will have either a Warm or a Cool undertone.
The beauty comes with the fact that when a neutral is teamed with a brighter color it doesn't compete, it merely complements! The neutral forms the background allowing the brighter tone to appear more vibrant.
The best warm neutrals to complement WARM coloring are those that have a yellow undertone or base, just like your own natural golden skin tone. There's no pure white here, that would be too clinical for your warm coloring, instead your best light color is a soft cream.
The colors of Spring and Autumn also have a warm undertone, they may be slightly lighter or deeper but you can follow this same basic advice.
Neutrals to the fore with Warm accent colors to the background
Literally hundreds of shades...
It's impossible to match a color exactly and it's not necessary. You can happily use slightly lighter or deeper tones of the same color. All you need to do is ensure that the colors sit happily together. This shows that they have a common denominator, in this case, a yellow/warm undertone.
In the image below you can see how the colors even if they're not 'exactly' the same, have the same tones and 'agree' with each other.
In your wardrobe you can use your color swatch as a 'blending tool' in the same way. Your colors are never limited as there are literally hundreds of shades between each color block just like an artist's palette!
Colors don't have to be exact - they can be lighter or deeper
Think neutrals first...
Build a small collection of wardrobe essentials in your best warm neutrals. These will be the most useful items you own, earning their keep many times over.
Your light shades are clotted cream, your tans and browns 'taste' of ginger and if you're a denim fan then your blues are perfect!
All the neutrals blend beautifully together to make an outfit or you can use them as a background for the brighter accent colors and really bring them to life!
Warm accent colors bring the neutrals to life
The basics of co-ordination...
Co-ordinating your colors begins with Wardrobe essentials. These are basic items of clothing that won't go out of fashion and take you from season to season: skirts, trousers, a jacket or cardigan, a classic dress and a coat.
These items will provide the base for the majority of outfits and, by adding a few tops and accessories in your brighter shades, you'll create an endless amount of mix and match outfits.
For instant co-ordination take a selection of warm neutrals and slot some color in between. Whatever warm shade you add it will feel instantly at home!
Neutrals forming the backdrop for accent colors
These are the neutrals in the WARM palette
don't forget they can be a bit lighter or deeper!
Pure white is far too harsh for your soft coloring. Choose a soft cream with a rich golden undertone for your tops, tanks, shirts and blouses close to your face. You can also use it to create a link between other colors.
Camel varies from a light almost beige through to a rich more gingery color. It will appear dark against the lightest colors e.g. cream or pinks, but looks light against the strong green in the image above.
Golden tan is a rich yellow toned brown which echoes the pure mellow warmth of sunshine within the Warm color family.
Coffee brown is a strong rich brown reminiscent of roasted coffee beans with just a dash of milk! Darkest bitter chocolate brown is the strongest color in the Warm color family.
Olive green is a dark yellowish-green, like that of unripe or green olives. As it deepens it moves towards a brown tone.
It's an elegant and classic colors which forms the perfect backdrop for a 'country chic' wardrobe.
Autumn grey is a softened version of grey, almost a smokey grey/green/beige! It brings to mind a soft grey flannel or wool tweed fabric and, because of the softness, it blends well with so many different shades.
It can initially be difficult to distinguish between a Warm or Cool grey - take a look at the different Shades of Grey to get the idea.
Of course you can wear navy blue but this version is slightly softer and warmer. And it's your best! It transforms a deep denim tone into a professional color and works well in a work environment.
You can dress it up and ring the changes very easily with your brighter colors and accessories.
All you need to wear and enjoy your WARM colors
WARM Color Brief £4
The WARM Color Brief is ready to download and print out with all the concise information you need to start wearing and enjoying the WARM Color Family.
With 45 colors, advice for makeup, hair, jewelry and glasses frames. It also comes with a printable color swatch so you can make it up into an mirror image of the fabric swatch.
This is a digital product.
The TONAL Color Brief £16
(6 Tonal Color Briefs and swatches for the price of 4)
A FULLY ILLUSTRATED digital book clearly explaining Tonal Color Analysis. How to identify your primary color characteristic and translate it into a complementary group of colors i.e. your most obvious Color Family.
A 60 page book with detailed information for each Tonal Color Family. You can even print out, make up and laminate your own color swatch.
It explains how your natural coloring works and how you are linked to a particular Color Family; how to wear and enjoy your best colors, How to recognize your neutrals and accent shades; it shows you how to choose your best makeup colors, hair shades and even how to select jewelry to flatter you.
This book is a digital download
WARM swatch £38.50
fabulous fabric shades in an attractive suedette covered fan, handbag size
12.5 x 6.5 cm. With a wealth of information about how to wear and
co-ordinate your colors.
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