May 18, 2020

COLOR OF THE MONTH | Sending Good Vibes with Rainbow

This month we bring you not just one colour but an array of rainbow colours – to hopefully brighten your day! No need to adjust your screens 😉 get ready to scroll through the rainbow – a kaleidoscope of colour. 






You may have noticed in recent times – many people have been placing rainbow pictures in their windows to help make us smile in these strange times 🙂

We associate rainbows with making us feel happy and they offer a message of hope. With their beautiful bands of colour “rainbows” have broad appeal and so often bring a smile to many faces. Rainbows express cheerful, youthful and fun vibes and no matter what age you are, they never fail to amaze – for they are a natural phenomenon that appear as if magic.

They have all round appeal and are actually a full circle – however on earth we only see half of the rainbow; hence we see the characteristic semi-circle we see and associate with the rainbow. Seen as a symbol of peace and hope “rainbows” often appear after a rainstorm when the sun breaks through the clouds. This not only provides us with a powerful message but a hopeful reminder that light follows even the dark times.

Rainbows can motivate us to continue and endure through these times by conveying hope – they are also said to be a symbol for good luck and good fortune.

In Irish mythology, they are even thought to be the hiding place for pots of gold. 




Emmanuelle Moureaux’s rainbow- hued installation via 

Metal Rainbow-Zhongshu Bookstore in Suzhou / Wutopia La


The colours of the rainbow are light, bright, fresh and fun because they are so rare, they elicit a sense of delight and the promise of sunshine with blue sky on the horizon. 

Rainbows appear in seven colours because water droplets break white sunlight into the seven colours of the spectrum; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. Each vibrant, beautiful and different from the nextconveys a message of inclusiveness and cohesion. 

Rainbow demonstrates how beautiful diversity can be. The rainbow serves as a symbol of peace and serenityfeelings often evoked when looking at a rainbow. Colours can vary from bold rainbow brights to softer pastel rainbow shades. Colours can evoke different emotions – depending largely on a colour’s brightness, shade, tint or tone and whether it’s cool or warm toned. Rainbow colours are often associated with making us feel happy. 

Red, orange and yellow are next to each other on the colour wheel and are considered warm colours. Warm colours often (conjure up) evoke feelings of optimism, happiness, energy and are also known to grab attention. The rainbow – brings together warm colours with cool colours green, blue, purple which are usually calming and soothing. The rainbow combines bright, warm and happy colours for instance orange and yellow with cool, calm colours like green and blue. Pastel colours like pink and peach can also have an uplifting effect on mood and cool toned pastels like baby blue, mint and lilac have a calming effect.

You don’t have to use the exact (and all seven) colours of the rainbow to follow the rainbow trend – just incorporate the essence, essentially cheery bands of colour. 





Emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design via 


Architecture studio Hou de Sousa via

Shutterstock Festival of colored umbrellas in Italy 

Procida island via Shutterstock

Vinicunca (Montana de Siete Colores), or Rainbow Mountain, Peru via

Pastel rainbow washi tapes via / Designer Adam Nathaniel Furman via Dezeen 


Via / Etsy / Notting Hill’s most colorful streets via /@littlebigbell via @bombayducklondon



@cimkedi / Dulux 

@hol_fox / @_chakmki/ Decor Blog 




Pastel Rainbow Palettes and Colour codes


Source  Colour Palette Rainbow Pastels, Pastel Rainbow, Calming Rainbow  

Pantone Rainbow Palettes and Colour codes

Pantone Rainbow sourceFive Color Rainbow / Actual Rainbow / Pantone Rainbow via

@cimkedi / Via @alexandraposterbennaim, @jacquemus 


CraigandKarl via / @katherineelphick via @italianshoes_sydney/ @miyasan._/@jumbledonline


Rainbow road – Daniel Mercadante’s light painting via 

Rainbow crossing at Brighton by Lois O’Hara

The rainbow maggie’s cancer fighting pop up, designed by ab rogers via 

By John Ronan Architects via 


@banyanbridges via @rowans_rainbow@colorfactoryco 



Anyone can embrace rainbow colours – a bit of fun for everyone! Whether you are a passionate colour lover and have a desire to splash colours of the rainbow all over your interior or maybe you want to show a little nod to the rainbow by incorporating a few pops of colour to white interiors; a colourful painting, print or object.

You can opt for a rainbow or bold colors or also for a range of rainbow pastel colors, for a softer effect.

How about even rearranging books on your shelves to provide bands of colour. Get creative with colour to add some cheer to your interior space. Play on the idea of arches and stripes – the options are endless! The colours of the rainbow can provide a fun scheme for a playroom, play area, kids bedroom or nursery.

Be inspired by the rainbow this month on Instagram @italianbark !



Studio505 via / @pieces_by_aesthetic_pursuit


Kindergarten Kekec / Arhitektura Jure Kotnik via

@anthropologieeu via @thisisjules / Paperchase 

Via / via 




Shutterstock / COURTESY OF ANTHROPOLOGIE via / via 


Rainbow Chapel via


 Sabo project source / By John Ronan Architects via 

@anthropologie /  @candicelake by @undercurrentarchitects via 

@colorfactoryco / @littlebigbell 

Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design via 

SAKO Architects

Oliver Bonas / Source 

Kitty McCall /@cimkedi 

Bright Bazaar  / @eli_at_home

@joshsperling via @amy_moorea / @studiozavenfor @cc_tapis via 


Designer Matali Crasset  via 

Temporary Pavilion at Picnic «Afisha» / project eleven via 

Elsie’s Rainbow Bookshelf via A Beautiful Mess 



@hey.maca/ @jumbledonline 

Source / @banyanbridges



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