Have you ever noticed that certain cities just seem to radiate color? Though they may not be planned, there’s no denying that many cities seem to exude particular colors, whether it’s the neon lights of Tokyo or the signature yellow of New York’s taxi cabs. For designers, who often take their color cues from nature, have also taken notice of the undeniable visual tones of certain cities around the world. There’s something to be said for the color palettes generated by urban environments.
The Mill Shop, a UK-based purveyor of affordable curtains, went on a tour around the globe, picking out the colors that exemplify some of the world’s most beloved cities. The results are a fascinating look at how the environment, local culture, and weather produce stunning color palettes that should inspire any designer.
It’s also interesting to see how some cities seem to play by the rules of color theory, while others dream up their own schemes. Dusk in Dubai produces a balmy, muted palette of purple and rose with a green accent while Moscow’s vibrant architecture creates a bold color palette of contrasting warm and cool colors. Taking cues from its seaside location, Dubrovnik’s turquoise waters and terra cotta roofs make for a punchy color selection that screams beach.