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Thread: Help! I'm color challenged.

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    This is a wall hanging that I'm making of a civil war hospital or field cot. It is with Civil War Repro fabrics. There is a strip between each column of blocks (no sashing), and then bordered with the same fabric. The original design has a light beige or cream colored border/strips. I don't want a cream border to blend too much with the beiges/creams in the blocks, but I don't know what other color I would use. I'd like to stay with the original design of beige/cream, but this is where I get lost. Should I use a darker, almost brown? A tan? A solid? A print?
    Color choice has never been easy for me, and apparently after 3 years I'm still struggling. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!
    BTW, the second picture is just amusing (to me anyway). We were would supposed to get scattered rain yesterday! Alot of the snow has already melted. You have to love March!
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    I would probably end up with a more brownish color, but goodness knows I'm pretty color challenged myself.

    Fabrics should come with tags like Granimals clothes!!

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    My first thought would be to use a soldier blue color. It's close to navy blue but somewhat duller. Brown would work also.
    So sorry to see the white 'rain' I hope it melts fast for you. Spring is here - somewhere.

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    Blue or brown

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    This first one that came to me was the blue. The second would be the beigy brown family. Like your third block in the first row has a lot of variation in it and the last row last block. Something in between there. Sometimes you can find a nice antiquey green and that could offset most of your color choices there. I've been shocked that green sometimes just brings in the right amount of contrast.

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    My first thought was a dark blue, maybe navy. You say you'd like to stay with the orig. idea though, so my second choice
    would be a dark brown. Solid or print would depend on what I found and how it looked. It's going to be really nice.
    Marilyn

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    Quote Originally Posted by danmar
    My first thought was a dark blue, maybe navy. You say you'd like to stay with the orig. idea though, so my second choice
    would be a dark brown. Solid or print would depend on what I found and how it looked. It's going to be really nice.
    Marilyn
    I like the blue (soldier blue), but leaning toward a brown which would be better suited to stay with the original pattern. I am headed out today to look for fabric. We'll see how that goes. Maybe I'll come home with both colors and see how they look.
    Thanks for everyone's input, I truly appreciate it.

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    A blue-gray would go well with your fabrics and fit the era....

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    My first thought when I looked at your picture was a navy color. I liked the previous idea of using a soldier blue that would be a little more dull than navy :)

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    It seems like I'm like everyone else I was saying blue, but a nice dark brown would work also.

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    My first thought was blue, too. But it would need to have gray undertones. Maybe a print with blue background and brown designs.

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    The blue in the lower right block or the red in the upper left block. You could make the borders red, off-white, and blue increasing their width as you go out.

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    How about a vertical stripe often was use in that era for vertical quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ditter43
    A blue-gray would go well with your fabrics and fit the era....

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    Blue-gray is what I thought of, also.

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    My first thought was gray/blue also.

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    I also would use a dark blue in a very small print.

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    Things to remember. Darker colors recede while lighter colors come forward. So the original used a dominate color for the strips. Keeping that in mind there are other ways to get a color to move forward in a pattern. One is to use a small print with a light colored background. That way it wouldn't "blend in" to much with your center square color, but would still come forward. Giving the same effect as the cream would have.

    Another is to choose a color on the warm side of the color wheel. This would include color choices like an antique gold, or a pale sepia.

    I hope this helps.

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    I am also color challenged. A deep red might help???
    If you are in NE Ohio - I'm surprised you have snow - it's cold today in Michigan (north of Detroit) but the sun is shining. I may have just jinxed the weather - oops.

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    mabe a blue.

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    maybe a blue.

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    You have blue in every row, so that would be a good choice. Blue's got my vote.

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    I would suggest a soldier blue color.

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    I looked today for some blue/gray fabric, but didn't find any I liked. I did find some solid darker cream fabric and will keep that on hand if I don't find anything in blue.
    I truly appreciate the quick and helpful responses. Love this board!

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    It depends on which side you want to represent. If it's the South I'd go with gray, if the North--blue. If you don't want that distinction at all then go with brown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    It depends on which side you want to represent. If it's the South I'd go with gray, if the North--blue. If you don't want that distinction at all then go with brown.
    Good Point!!! :lol: :lol:

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