Very often, I find that colors aren’t what we think they are. I love creating a color study comparing wool poms, pantone or paint colors with natural leaves, flowers, mosses and plants. Testing myself, I will look at a leaf or berry and then go pull the pom or color swatch of what I think is the best match, without holding the two together. Surprisingly, the colors are often quite different from how I envisioned them. The bright sunlight, foggy day or surrounding landscape and textures shape how we see the individual color and as a stand alone swatch— it often has a very different presence than it does as part of a larger palette. This exercise has been very beneficial to my design process and always surprises me with new combinations.