As the late fall of November turns into early winter, I am determined to find beauty and inspiration in the season’s neutral color palette. Rather than trying to hold on to the lush landscapes of other seasons with evergreens I want to indulge myself and explore a different idea. My first thought is grey. In my exploration of this most neutral of colors I discovered its intrinsic beauty but also, as many minimalists already understand, that combined with another soft hue it can create an ethereal mood like no other. Those subtle combinations will be part of Neutrality, Part 2.
Grey gets a bad rap–even as I write this the sky outside the studio window is flat and colorless. Where is the beauty in that? That’s what I set out to find out for myself. How, as a landscape designer, can I use it as inspiration for outdoor spaces rather than as a three month long sentence of colorless monotony punctuated by an occasional sunny day or snow? My inspiration takes the form of a virtual mood board–a juxtaposition of ideas that jump starts my imagination.
Photo credits: Agave-Judy Watts via Flickr; Tankard-www.silverwareshop.com.uk; Door-author; Atemesia-www.gardening.eu; Top Hat-www.bates-hat.co.uk; Tree Well-author; Stone-author; Sculpture-www.1stdibs.com; Xray-Inquiry by Design