The art of Shen Yun is about grace, music, and movement blending together in beautiful harmony. With classical Chinese dance in mind, we drew inspiration for four colour combinations from both the visually arresting 2016 Shen Yun poster and the captivating sounds of its melodies.
Inside, you’ll discover four uplifting palettes, ranging from pale to saturated, the hues resembling notes lined up in a crescendo, from faint to intense, in a musical staircase.
A bright palette comprises the golden yellow of the poster’s background, fading to pale grey and white. Warm hues run from nude and taupe to juicy coral, while a cool palette shows shades of azure blue. Finally, a contrasting palette sets up a forte-piano interplay of soft spring pastels and vivid brights.
The first days of spring bring promise of warmth and optimism. The golden sunshine, the zest of icy lemonade, a bright bunch of daffodils — sunny yellow is the colour of summer, of happiness and hope; the perfect antidote to winter’s dreary days. Energizing and stimulating, a yellow palette makes for a sophisticated feel that doesn’t overwhelm when tempered with neutrals like grey, silver, or pearl white. Adapt this uplifting combination in a chic style — try a lemony handbag paired with grey tweed and pearls; or at home: toss some bold yellow cushions on a charcoal sofa, or set a spring mimosa bouquet in a silver vase for an instant pick-me-up.
A Fair Maiden’s Flush
Flamingo feathers: Mary Rice / Shutterstock; Sunset: Vibrant Image Studio / Shutterstock
As the days grow longer, so do warm nights spent outdoors: in shared laughter and sparkling bellinis under the sunset’s rose-tinted skies, or in quiet reflection as the sun disappears into the horizon, the last of its heated coral glow replaced by a dreamlike wash of soft sepia, and the beach’s white sands turn taupe. Ripe peach, iced rose, and rich cocoa evoke the pleasures of sugary confections, an ode to all things delectable. Enhance the sweetness without cloying in the fluid fabrics of a silk coral sundress or toffee satin sheets; add shine with rose gold and pink pearls; or swipe on a peachy-pink lip gloss and blush for a classic graceful and elegant look.
Cool and serene, the freshness of azure makes us think of salt-scented sea air and spring rain. Traditionally defined as the colour of the sky on a clear day, azure spans a range of atmospheric hues: from green-toned seafoam, to steely blue-grey, to vivid turquoise and bold teal. With their soothing, calming effect, these aqua-inspired shades lend themselves for use almost anywhere a peaceful presence is desired. Mix with plenty of white throughout the home, perfect for a beach cottage; or accessorize a single room — the bathroom’s aquatic element is a natural, but it also works beautifully in a feminine bedroom, set off by peach or rose, a sunroom, or a restful lounge.
Spring is the perfect time to welcome a sense of order and harmony into your world with seasonal shades inspired by nature. These organic hues are all about balance: the hardness of concrete grey stone and the intensity of cobalt-blue skies, contrasted against the earthy softness of mossy green grass and romantic flightiness of pastel-pink cherry blossoms, a symbol of renewal. Capture the season’s dewy loveliness with a flowering sakura branch in a soft grey-and-pink-toned bedroom; update a patio with grey wood plank and bright green seating; or accent a neckline with a silver lapis lazuli pendant, symbolizing strength and longevity.