So Many Colors, So Little Time!

We were delighted to see so many of our finished jewelry pieces find good homes this holiday season, but after the rush of Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s was over, we realized we were VERY low on necklaces & earrings! We needed to start replenishing our finished jewelry selection ASAP, so we turned to design-seeds.com once again for color palette inspiration, as well as Pinterest for its limitless number of jewelry design ideas. When you put them both together, the possibilities for jewelry creations are endless! The bottom four palettes from design-seeds.com were ones that we thought were not only really pretty, but had clever photos as their inspirations! We didn’t get the chance to make jewelry based on those color selections, but take a look at the fun pieces we DID create:

This sweetly vibrant color palette...

This sweetly vibrant color palette…

...was a great jumping-off point for this necklace, to which we added a punch of lime green and used 2014's "Radiant Orchid" rather than the deeper purple. Photo by Lydia Chapman for Blue Door Beads.

…was a great jumping-off point for this necklace, to which we added a punch of lime green and used 2014’s “Radiant Orchid” rather than the deeper purple. (Photo by BDB)

This glitzy and glamorous photo...

This glitzy and glamorous photo…

...inspired the colors for this earthy, wire-wrapped necklace. Photo by Lydia Chapman for Blue Door Beads.

…inspired the color combination in this earthy, wire-wrapped necklace, with a slight change in the shade of blue. (Photo by BDB)

This beachy color palette...

This oceanic color palette…

...resulted in this funky combination of strung beads and leather wrapped with waxed linen.

…resulted in this funky combination of strung beads and leather wrapped with waxed linen. (Photo by BDB)

This color inspiration....

This color inspiration….

...plus this design from ssdjewelry on Etsy...

…plus this design from ssdjewelry on Etsy…

....resulted in these fun leather & chain earrings!

….resulted in these fun leather & chain earrings! (Photo by BDB)

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A Splash of Color for 2014: Radiant Orchid

It’s that time of year again when the folks at Pantone really start promoting their Color of the Year in earnest. Those in the printing and high fashion industry have known about the Spring 2014 Pantone Fashion Color Report for a while, but most of us are getting to see these colors for the first time. Check ’em out!

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Although the color Radiant Orchid (the official 2014 Color of the Year) looks a bit more lavender in the photo above, all other depictions of it show a cross between a deep raspberry and a slightly bluish purple:

pantone_radiant_orchidIt’s a gorgeous shade, and we’ve been seeing it a lot lately! Here are just a few lovely examples of how some talented jewelry artists used the vibrant hue in their jewelry designs, as well as some inspiring palettes by design-seeds.com that use the color. Enjoy!

Sugilite pendant by Jayelle Jewelry on Etsy.

Sugilite pendant by Jayelle Jewelry on Etsy.

wire & pearl necklace by elinacreations on Etsy.

wire & pearl necklace by elinacreations on Etsy.

Garduated, multi-strand necklace by Piperlime.

Garduated, multi-strand necklace by Piperlime.

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Color Pop Culture: The Bolder, The Better

Autumn is one of our favorite seasons. Not only is it the season for mulled cider, pumpkin pie, and colorful leaves, but it’s also the season for dressing in layers, which means more opportunities to play with colors, textures, and accessories!

It can be really easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to your daily wardrobe; we admit that we at Blue Door Beads have a tendency to gravitate toward variations on denim blue (we love our jeans!), gray, and black. But this season, we are forcing ourselves to branch out into the wonderful world of color!

Even if we’re not quite brave enough to wear the boldly-colored outfits pictured below, we found the color combinations to be really inspiring, as well as the perfect jumping-off-points for creating vibrant jewelry! We found some awesome jewelry pieces that we felt either complemented the outfits, or just took the color combo and ran with it. Enjoy!

We love Taylor Swift's beautifully bold color combo choice, but we feel like she could use some statement jewelry to complete her outfit. Photo courtesy of sewweekly.com

Navy & Mustard Yellow: We love Taylor Swift’s beautifully bold color combo choice, but we feel like she could use some funky statement jewelry to complete her outfit. Photo courtesy of sewweekly.com

If you are like Taylor and would like to keep your accessories understated, this cool geometric earrings add just the right amount of funkiness to a plain outfit. Photo courtesy of catherinenicole.com

We thought these earrings would be add just the right amount of funkiness to Taylor’s plain outfit. Photo courtesy of catherinenicole.com

It's hard to go wrong with sparkly flowers! Photo courtesy of ModCloth.

It’s hard to go wrong with sparkly flowers! Photo courtesy of ModCloth.

Sally McGraw has quite the knack for creating fun color combos! Photo courtesy of her Pinterest board My Style - Bold Color Pairings.

Red & Purple: Sally McGraw has quite the knack for creating fun color combos! Photo courtesy of her Pinterest board My Style – Bold Color Pairings.

Sometimes a fun, chunky bracelet is all you need to complement an already-bold outfit. Photo courtesy of accessoryheaven.com.au

Sometimes a fun, chunky bracelet is all you need to complement an already-bold outfit, like the one pictured above. Photo courtesy of accessoryheaven.com.au

Even in a more toned-down shade, teal can still make quite a statement, especially combined with a very subtle gray. Photo courtesy of Banana Republic.

Teal & Gray: Even in a more toned-down shade, teal can still make quite a statement, especially combined with a very subtle gray. Photo courtesy of Banana Republic.

You could always take the safe route and pair a simple sterling necklace with the previous teal-and-gray outfit, but why not go crazy with color? This lemon yellow necklace would be a stunning contrast! Photo courtesy of Laetitia Jewelry on Etsy.

You could always take the safe route and pair a simple sterling necklace with the previous teal-and-gray outfit, but why not go crazy with color? This lemon yellow necklace would be a stunning contrast! Photo courtesy of Laetitia Jewelry on Etsy.

Vibrant colors look great on all skin tones, and this particular dress would look fab dressed up or down, with either a demure cardigan or a denim jacket. Dress from Urban Outfitters (no longer in stock)

Vibrant colors look great on all skin tones, and this particular dress would look fab dressed up or down, with either a demure cardigan or a denim jacket. Dress from Urban Outfitters (no longer in stock)

The splash of orange in this turquoise necklace is a perfect match to the cute dress pictured above. You can't get much bolder than orange and turquoise! Photo courtesy of WildflowersAndGrace on Etsy.

The splash of orange in this turquoise necklace is a perfect match to the cute dress pictured above. You can’t get much bolder than orange and turquoise! Photo courtesy of WildflowersAndGrace on Etsy.

A blank canvas, like this plain heather gray dress, is the perfect candidate for some amazingly bold accessories! Photo courtesy of loungelover.com

A blank canvas, like this plain heather gray dress, is the perfect candidate for some amazingly bold accessories! Photo courtesy of loungelover.com

Nothing dresses up a neutral (gray or khaki, for example) like neon green! Photo courtesy of treasurebox.co.uk

Nothing dresses up a neutral (gray or khaki, for example) like neon green! Photo courtesy of treasurebox.co.uk

This super-mod necklace will definitely add some pizazz to any solid-color clothing! Photo courtesy of PalestPink on Etsy.com

This super-mod necklace will definitely add some pizazz to any solid-color clothing! Photo courtesy of PalestPink on Etsy.com

Amazing Autumn Colors

“Autumn in a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus

We couldn’t agree more! Although we here at Blue Door Beads love many things about the fall season, including mulled cider, cool & crisp evenings (perfect for snuggly sweaters), and little kids in Halloween costumes, one of our favorite aspects of autumn is the explosion of color. Whether it’s an abundance apples in an orchard, or the amazing variety of vibrant leaves crunching beneath our feet, fall hues are everywhere, and we just can’t get enough!

We perused some of our favorite websites for color inspiration, and we chose a few of our favorite jewelry projects and color palettes to share. Enjoy!

Plum Blossom earrings by Rose Noble. Photo courtesy of vintaj.com

Plum Blossom earrings by Rose Noble. Photo courtesy of vintaj.com

Lovely leaves in every color of the rainbow! Photo courtesy of The Eternal Magpie on Tumblr.

Lovely leaves in every color of the rainbow! Photo courtesy of The Eternal Magpie on Tumblr.

Walk in the Woods earrings by Betsy Kaage. Photo courtesy of vintaj.com

Walk in the Woods earrings by Betsy Kaage. Photo courtesy of vintaj.com

Mineral Autumn color palette by design-seeds.com

Mineral Autumn color palette by design-seeds.com

Mayan Copper earrings by Jeanne Holland. Photo courtesy of vintaj.com

Mayan Copper earrings by Jeanne Holland. Photo courtesy of vintaj.com

Autumn Leaves color palette from fusionbeads.com

Autumn Leaves color palette from fusionbeads.com

One of our fave fall activities: apple picking! Photo courtesy of huffingtonpost.com

One of our fave fall activities: apple picking! Photo courtesy of huffingtonpost.com

Layered Leaves necklace by Rose Noble. Photo courtesy of vintaj.com.

Layered Leaves necklace by Rose Noble. Photo courtesy of vintaj.com.

Desert Flower necklace by Mackie Mullane, Photo courtesy of vintaj.com

Desert Flower necklace by Mackie Mullane, Photo courtesy of vintaj.com

Cinnamon Spice color palette from fusionbeads.com.

Cinnamon Spice color palette from fusionbeads.com.