Anne Roselt, Plascon Colour Manager
From the latest catwalks to our ancient past, the July Colour of the Month – Amber – carries a sense of mystery and warmth.
Amber is fossilised tree resin, and it’s in the spotlight this month as the UK’s largest exhibition of amber is on display at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. The exhibition explores how this fascinating material was formed, how it’s been used in history and how it is studied by scientists to shed new light on the ancient past.
July Colour of the Month: Amber
But Scotland is not the only place where you’ll see a lot of this colour right now; amber has also been making waves in the fashion and décor industries. Part yellow and part orange with a rich brownish undertone, amber creates a warm, luxurious look that has made it a favourite in many fall and winter fashion shows.
Even in the Ink Industry, amber has been named the 2013 Colour of the Year by Pelikan Edelstein in the UK.
Amber also makes a wonderful accent colour. The beautiful tea-lights below are from by Theresienthal Crystal’s new collection, Amundo, and were seen at Maison Objet in Paris earlier this year. The design is based on the Asian temples of Angkor Wat, and the colour combination is serene and beautiful.
How to use amber in your space
The golden glow of amber will warm a cool colour scheme, so consider using it if you have a blue room that needs an infusion of warmth. Amber is a great colour to enhance the coziness of a bedroom or living area.
The warm, welcoming glow of amber also makes it a great colour for an entrance. It brings a sense of confidence and establishment, and triggers feelings of optimism and cheer. These qualities also make it a wonderful colour for a kitchen, living room or bedroom. In fact, you can use amber in any space that you feel needs a bit of a lift.
It is also a great colour choice if you want to lighten and draw attention to a space.
Amber also works beautifully on the exterior of a home, especially if you’re looking for a rustic Tuscan look.
Colours that complement amber
Colours that go well with amber include natural earth tones, neutrals, greys and white. The complementary colour to amber is purple – which helps to balance and enhance it. Blue and amber also make a very happy marriage. In fact it serves as a wonderful backdrop to many colours as can be seen in the image above.
While red and amber should be considered carefully, this image of Amber Palace in India is truly amazing.
Plascon’s favourite ambers
There are many shades of amber to choose from, including Beeswax Candle Y1-B1-1, Tuscan Wall Y1-B1-2, Sun Coast Y1-B1-1, Golden Syrup Y2-B1-2 and Turkish Tart Y2-B1-3.