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Adding to one's treasures is a desire as old as humanity. We still talk and dream about ancient Troy, Byzantium, and Old Egypt in part because they succeeded more stylishly than anyone at accumulating and displaying wealth. The colors of Enrich take flavor from antique ideas of beauty…but in a modern and elegant way. This is History pushing forward into the Future.
As you would expect we begin with Rich Gold and Pale Gold. Their luster is the oldest, and most enviable, basis of luxury. Gunmetal reminds us of other precious metals: pewter and old silver.
Peacoat, Licorice, Eggplant, Tapenade, Golden Oak and Chili recall the colors of frescos and inlaid marbles and old jewelry-and make the metals we began with sparkle and look even better.
At the end of the palette, we have the intriguing shade of Quail, which represents the mist of time through which we see historic luxury. It deepens and softens all the precious tones of the palette. Does it bring a little wistfulness into the idea of reinterpreting historical ideas of luxury? Yes.
Luxurious, Opulent, Valuable
Stirring, Vital, Striking
Decadent, Lavish, Sensual
Antique, Relic, Venerable
Wisdom, Silence, Time-tested
Vintage, Mature, Savory
Ripe, Flavorful, Gratifying
Enduring, Practical, Timeless
Generous, Consoling, Insightful
Worldly, Cultured, Yielding
This palette refers to our at once joyous and unsettling dream life. Freedom from the normal rules is invigorating…and can turn odd and unsettling in an instant. But our minds turn to dreaming night after night, risking the moments of unease in the name of flight!
Bright White provides the clean, shining backdrop for unfettered imagination. Complex and odd, Emerald and Lagoon create an unstable base of color, with Spring Crocus, Dusty Orange, Cayenne and Blazing Yellow provoking a beautiful, though perhaps confusing, reaction.
Ether, Pink Nectar and Canary Yellow step in to mellow the palette, to reassert the sweet dreams we all wish for.
Playing back and forth between the vivid and the sweet make the palette unusual and interesting.
Soothing, Refreshing, Energizing
Brilliant, Authentic, Resilient
Peaceful, Cool, Gentle
Transforming, Captivating, Spellbinding
Saucy, Flirtatious, Amusing
Intense, Brave, Impulsive
Innocent, Young, Feminine
Unrestrained, Rakish, Risk-taking
Shy, Radiant, Lovely
Dreamy, Pristine, Untouched
The defensive shell, exemplified by the beetle's shell, is the subject of this palette. Shells do not have to be boring: on the contrary, it is sometimes useful to show clearly that your defenses are strong to discourage predators from approaching.
Licorice, Java and Lipstick Red provide the high contrast foundation of Protect. Chili Pepper adds a layer of subtlety and depth.
Liberty, Empire Yellow, Online Lime and Lime Punch provide entertaining accents, mostly in small quantities.
The two important shades of orange, Mandarin Red and Red Orange, are very close in color value. But their differences are meaningful enough to keep both colors in the palette. Mandarin Red is clever and sophisticated, shifting back and forth between a true orange and something redder and more ambitious. Red Orange is at first brash and loud; but the longer you look, the more compelling and timeless it becomes.
Stirring, Vital, Striking
Powerful, Strong, Fervent
Layered, Confident, Exquisite
Daring, Ravishing, Witty
Intuitive, Deep, Alluring
Artful, Clever, Cunning
Adventurous, Magnificent, Inspirational
Lively, Youthful, Graphic
Emphatic, Brash, Straightforward
Stimulating, Invigorating, Animated
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