Look around you. Ever feel like you are in a rut with color? Do you feel yourself gravitating towards the same types of equstrian equipment? Is everything you in your tack box starting to look the same? While every equestrian has his or her own recognizable taste and style, every once in a while, it is great to branch out. Finding new color inspiration, for example, can be as easy as looking at nature: purple and yellow flowers with green foliage can give you an exciting new palette, for instance. Sometimes, glancing at a fellow competitors' wardrobe or, at the colors in your horse's coat can also be a helpful way to view color. (Many of our horse browband designs have inspired by horses.) Reading magazines, looking at sale advertisements or shopping your favorite tack stores can also be a great source of inspiration while also helping identify key trends and styles in the ever-changing equestrian world.
Whether you are new to horse riding or a more advanced equestrian, you know that shopping for tack is fun. Our choices for the pieces we select is part inspiration, part skill and part creativity. You also know how endless the possibilities are for when it comes to color! More often than not, the difficult part can be finding inspiration or overcoming creative block. Even professional riders, who have years of experience, sometimes struggle with creating new and exciting wearable works of art. Our Inspiration Center is filled with tools to teach, motivate and inspire you, but we also want to share some advice and tricks of the trade when it comes to finding inspiration and igniting a spark of creativity.
One of the most challenging aspects of creating a beautiful equestrian ensemble for you and your horse is choosing a color scheme that “works.” Whether you are going for a bold look, subtle, adventurous, spring inspired, or modern, it can be difficult to choose colors that convey the feeling you are trying to express and that work well together. We have all seen a gorgous browband or saddle pad that would have been spectacular if the colors had not been a little “different.”
So how do you go about deciding on a color palette? The easiest way is to take whatever your focal point is, and coordinate around it. For instance, if you are designing one of our Beasties™ custom bling browands around your horse's beautiful coat coloring, then look at what colors are present in the mane, tail, hairs and dapples themselves and use those colors in your design. Or, perhaps your horse has a unique feature like one blue eye. You can use that as your inspiration to create a stunning browband that will enhance that unique feature - make it stand out more! Even if your focal is a solid color, use that solid color as your starting point and build around it.
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The Color Carousel places the world of fashion at your mouse cursor! We are BIG FANS of Swarovski® Crystals. Most of our Beasties™ horse tack accessories are made using genuine Swarovski®. To help you design your custom browband, there is a great tool at your disposal: the Swarovski Color Carousel. Once you have chosen your colors, you can then finish designing your custom browband to match. We recommend having a separate browser window open with the color palette displayed so that you can easily see the crystals you've selected.
Choose your main color, and this color wheel will automatically generate harmonious colors, contrasting colors, even the appropriate pearl color. As an example, I chose Sapphire as my main color and was then told that Indian Sapphire, Montana and Light Sapphire are harmonious colors. Smoked Topaz and Topaz are contrasting colors to Sapphire, and the appropriate pearl is Crystal Night Blue Pearl. Even if you are not using Swarovski Elements, you can use this tool to generate beautiful color pallettes for your equestrian ensemble.
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Other websites to check out include Kuler.adobe.com and Colourlovers.com. Both of these sites are free and offer thousands of color palettes for you to look through. The palettes have been sorted by theme, popularity, etc. so you can quickly narrow down your selections. There are so many choices in just these two sites alone, you will surely be inspired by a color scheme.
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A third website to check out is Design Seeds. This site takes a photograph, picks out all the colors from it, and gives you a handy color swatch palette to work off of. Seeing the colors in the photograph is really inspiring and gives you a better idea of how they will work together.
Finally, don't laugh, but you can always utilize the paint store and pick up some paint chips. You can then use these to develop your color schemes. You might also find the free booklets offered at paint stores helpful too. These usually have “designer” schemes pre-arranged and you can pick out the one that appeals to you.
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