My Return from a ‘Colorful’ Trip to Scotland

As many of you know, I recently journeyed to Edinburgh, in Scotland, where my youngest son played in an international U.S. kids golf tournament.  As with any trip, I became very inspired!  Somewhere rattling around in my head – and on my sketchbook! –  I took special note of color. Since color recently has been one of my main blog topics, I thought  it would be interesting to share a few of my Scottish inspirations on the topic.

First, most of the buildings I saw in Scotland were made of stone. The stone looked timeworn and was a rich shade of gray. I imagined that if I was designing a line of fabrics (which I really want to do –  soon!),  I would create a beautiful geometric pattern that slightly mimicked the stone. The color would be a cool taupe-y gray.  This gray would also exist a bit in the “dirty”  range of colors (For more about Clean v. Dirty colors, read my post from last week on “Two little words that can change your life”).

Stone castle in Edinburgh

Stone castle in Edinburgh

Next, I could not help but take note of the beautiful, countryside greens. The shades ranged from grassy greens to those with distinct yellow undertones. And I could not help but notice one particularly unique blooming plant that was a vibrant acidic green.  It may sound strange, but in fact, it was quite a stunning find.


Scottish countryside

Scottish countryside. Photo from

If I was designing a room – or a  fabric –  inspired by my trip to Scotland, I would include  a “magic fabric” (See my previous post on “magic fabrics”) that would be a print that would be a blend of the above mentioned grays, interspersed with various shades of yellow green.  I would also include a bold, nubby (there were a great deal of textural surfaces in Scotland!) acid green solid. This fabric would, perhaps, be used as upholstery on an accent chair, and/or toss cushions throughout the space.  Again, the tones would be a bit on the “dirty” side to compliment the muddy undertones of the grays.

Gray green fabric

Here is an example of a simple gray and green fabric. Photo from Warm Biscuit bedding company.

Of course, Scottish inspiration would not be complete without a plaid.  However, my vision of the perfect plaid is not tartan. Instead, I would use a creamy background consisting of a large geometric plaid, showcasing shades of gray and green, as well as a touch of yellowish-gold for accent.  My plaid would harmonize handsomely with masculine leathers and rough, warm, rich woods. A yellow houndstooth would also blend beautifully with my other fabric selections!

yellow houndstooth

Michael Miller Yellow Houndstooth fabric

Can you envision it?  I think I would love to create a room of grays and greens with a “pop” of yellow.  Have you been to Scotland?  What were your impressions and inspirations?

NOW, GO HAVE AN “It’s So Fabulous!” DAY!



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