inspiration: color {kcw fall 2014}

inspiration: fall colors

Hi everyone, Maartje here from huisje boompje boefjes. I’ve got the honour to kick off this KCW fall season with some color inspiration. For me, fall is the best season, I love going out into the woods, rolling through the fallen leaves with my rascals, hiking across the moors or just walking along the coastline and enjoy some hot cocoa and pancakes afterwards. The colors in nature are just gorgeous and looking at the fashion collections for fall 2014, a lot of those colors reappear. So what can we expect this fall?

Blue & Grey
First up is a color scheme I feel totally at ease with. I love greys and blues and use them in a lot of my projects. Colors you can wear all year round and can be easily combined with a contrasting colour to make the outfit pop. Match them with purple or the classic fall colors this season and you’re on trend.

color blue/grey


Keeping to the theme of this KCW season, I matched the colour schemes with some book illustrations to get the creativity flowing. 

blue/grey illustrations

1 Bringing down the moon by Jonathan Emmett, illustrations Vanessa Cabban, source
2 Mathilda by Roald Dahl, illustrations Quentin Blake, source
3 De vraag van de olifant (sorry only in Dutch) by Leen van den Berg, illustrations Kaatje Vermeire, source


Next up, the purples. I must admit this is not my favourite color for clothes, but it’s growing on me, and I’m even considering sewing up something purple for my boys. Time to get out of my comfort zone of the blue and grey scale.



Now take a look at these purple book illustrations. Maybe I should make them Willy Wonka jackets?

purple illustration1 Harold and the purple crayon by Crockett Johnson, source
2 A bit lost by Chris Haughton source
3 Charlie and the chocolate factory by Roald Dahl, illustrations Quentin Blake, source


Classic fall colors
And last, but definitely not least, fall fashion is not complete without the classic fall colors, the yellow, green, cognac and red.

fall colors

There are a lot of book illustrations out there containing these colors. The woods are, after all, the setting for many fairy tales and stories.

fall color illustrations

1 Can’t you sleep little bear by Martin Waddell, illustrations Barbara Firth, source
2 Le petit prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, source
3 Little red riding hood  by Charles Perrault, illustrations Walter Crane, source

For more inspiration, check out the colors pinterest board I made for this KCW.
Can’t wait to see what your KCW color plans are!

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  • Reply Lightning McStitch September 23, 2014 at 6:37 am

    This is a lovely post. There are so many books that I love in there and have always wanted to make clothes based on them.

    • Reply Maartje September 27, 2014 at 12:39 am

      Books really are inspiring, love to see wat you’ll be making this kcw!

  • Reply Laura September 23, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Great post Maartje. Blue and grey is one of my favourite colour combinations too and of course I have to sew with purple a lot for my eldest son. I even have some purple wool I bought a while ago to make a Willy Wonka inspired coat. I hope I can get to it soon. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Reply Maartje September 23, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      Thanks Laura! Wauw, purple wool, can’t wait to see that project! 

  • Reply Marisa Mowszowski September 23, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Lovely post Maartje – I’m also a fan of the blues and greys. Luckily my daughter is going through a ‘blue’ phase – thanks to Queen Elsa from Frozen 🙂

  • Reply Nienke September 25, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Great post, love the illustrations! Not surprisingly, blue&grey are my faves… 

    • Reply Maartje September 27, 2014 at 12:41 am

      yay for blue & grey 🙂

  • Reply Kassandra Sullivan September 25, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Beautiful colors paired with the perfect images to match! I am inspired to make a color to-do list of my own! 

    • Reply Maartje September 27, 2014 at 12:47 am

      Thanks Kassandra, making a color list really got my creativity flowing and it’s fun. Looking forward to see your kcw fall colors in the projectpool. 

  • Reply Tabitha September 29, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    I’m hopping on the purple bandwagon, thank you for the encouragment!! 😀

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