Lecien’s Fabulous Blooming, and Color Palettes

Get This Palette on Kuler

Lecien has a few 1930s-40s vintage reproduction/retro collections out this season, and this one, Fabulous Blooming, has to be my favorite.

I was struck by the sweet combination of different greens in the top print, and the use of gray as a neutral  – so characteristically 1930s-40s! It reminded me that, since working on the color chapter in my book, I have wanted to start a feature highlighting color palettes from fabrics. In the book I write about how to create (or collect) and apply color palettes — both digital and physical — and communicate them effectively so that your fabric prints turn out how you envision. So, if you’re anticipating learning about this topic, I recommend you start amassing your own collection of palettes now!

I am a digital color palette junkie, and bookmark/download favorites from sites like designworklife, Kristina Klarin, Wear Palettes regularly. So I want to do the same thing over here, only with fabric swatches (naturally!) … though maybe I will expand it to photographs and other images, too.

Get This Palette on Kuler

Kuler? Huh? Kuler is Adobe‘s free site for creating and exchanging color palettes. There, you can view the hsv, rgb, cmyk, lab, and HEX codes for each color (yes, I go over the differences between these codes in the book!), download the palette as an .ase file (which can be imported into and used in Photoshop, Illustrator, and other Adobe software), and edit the colors if you wish to save as your own unique palette. I’m not sure this is the best repository for these palettes since they’re limited to five colors. Do all you color junkies prefer ColourLovers, or something else maybe?

More prints from Fabulous Blooming … see the whole collection here. It’s available now in stores.

I also love the coral and navy combo.


  1. Mary P says:

    I like Color Palette Generator from BigHugeLabs: http://bighugelabs.com/colors.php
    I can take a picture I like and pull out the colors from that.

  2. amanda says:

    Not exactly the kind of color site you mentioned above, but I absolutely I adore Color Collective. It is fantastic! – http://color-collective.blogspot.com/

  3. Kim says:

    Oh yeah, Amanda! I knew there was one more color palette site I referenced often, but couldn’t remember which one it was, and of course Color Collective is it! Thanks!