Watching TV is my happy place. There, I said it. Actually, I’m pretty proud of this fact. Making good TV is an art and I’ve learned so much from being TV-obsessed since as far as I can remember. TV taught me how to tell a story, it opened my eyes to different cultures, and it constantly inspires me with an array of carefully curated visuals. And, it’s given me unlimited access to design inspiration. Whenever I have designer’s block, a good journey down TV lane gives me everything I need to get back at it.
So, today, I’m taking 3 recent shows I’ve been watching and broken down their aesthetic into a color palette. Because, why not?
First up, Sex Education. A really, really quick intro: Netflix show, set in a high school in the U.K., everyone’s having sex, incredibly brash and funny. The cinematographers behind this show did an amazing job of coating every scene with a warm, yellowish tint that makes it seem like you’re reading out of an old book with yellowed pages, yet it’s set in present day. [Because talking openly about sex might be a new thing, but it really is as old as time itself.] Scroll down for the resulting warm-toned color palette.
I couldn’t do a TV-inspired blog post without including one of, if not, my favorite shows in existence, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. [I don’t even need to hyperlink or explain this one, you know what it is.] As I’ve been rewatching the series, I’ve been catching myself saying, “Oh, that’s why I like this or that.” The show’s grungy, yet whimsical aesthetic explains so much about me. Why I love black and leather and pink unicorns. Dark and brooding with hints of light-hearted humor - Buffy’s color palette slays. [Had to!]
Ok - I cheated. This isn’t a TV show, it’s a movie. And more so, a movie I absolutely hated. Quick recap: Netflix “horror” movie about absolutely nothing except rustling leaves and the wind. BUT, what I did like about Birdbox was the muted tones that completely transported you to a world where something had gone terribly wrong. All the color was sucked out of nature, however, it was still so beautiful. This movie inspired a wide-ranging color palette and I can’t wait to see how I can incorporate it into a future brand.
Loving this color-fest? Need help finding the perfect colors for your brand? That’s what I’m here for! You know where to find me. 🔮