Ahh color . I have always loved it, and thought I was pretty liberated in using it; until I went to live in Africa that is...
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In Africa there are no color rules, no color police; every color goes with every other color. If you like it, it goes !
There is a newer housing development in our town and everyone calls it Smarties.
Purple, pink, orange, lime green, you name it and there is a house painted that color.
Home owners association? What's that?
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I recently come across this great explanation for the source of the African color palette.
(see link below)
I call the first palette our desert palette.
We are all comfortable with this palette I think.
Now that's the wild and free palette !
Sometimes I have to caution our artisans, that Westerners are not as liberated in color use as Africans, and selling wild color combinations is often hard to do.
I have to say, that how I think about color, and what colors "go together" has greatly expanded since living in Namibia, but I still have a very long ways to go before being truly FREE .
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Even in Nature African colors can be intense