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Color Stories: Fall Looks for 2018

What can we say? We love fall! We know it’s still hotter than heck, but we can’t help but get excited about the impending pumpkin spice, fall leaves, and chunky sweaters. 

In fact, we also got really excited about fall last year on the blog ... and the year before … and the year before that. Basically, creating fall inspired mood boards is becoming a regular thing for us. However, this year we’re pushing ourselves to go beyond red, orange, and yellow to come up with a more out of the box set of fall palettes.  

We’ll admit, a few traditional fall colors worked their way into our mood boards – but overall we stuck to less traditional hues to keep things fresh. 

Take a look at what we came up with here – and, let us know which is your favorite in the comments!

Luscious Lake

The lake in this photo looks peaceful, but these deep colors evoke a feeling of something a little darker. Deep, rich jewel tones gives off a luscious feel. 


Crisp and Clean

Fall is all about baking and enjoying the outdoors. That’s why this tasty close up was a perfect fit for us. Cool greens and a muted ice blue speak to winter being right around the corner. 

Culinary Creativity

Family recipes abound in autumn, making it the best time to draw inspiration from your culinary supplies. Warm honey, flour, and a few kitchen tools informed this color scheme. 

Bold Bounty

This plenitude of heirloom tomatoes was perfect for a more primary color scheme. These brighter hues are a fun alternative to the soft side of fall. 


Dusty Detritus

Downed leaves make for some beautiful colors. We loved pulling inspiration from this fallen foliage. Muted lavender, subdued peach, and an understated charcoal have a soothing effect. 

Foggy Fowl

Soft lighting sets the mood here with creamy taupe, a soft sage, and a rusty brown.  

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Mood Board: CMYK Inspired

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If you work in the design or printing industry, you're probably familiar with the CMYK color mode. But for those who have never heard of it, the CMYK color model is a subtractive color model used in color printing. CMYK refers to the four inks used in some color printing: cyan, magenta, yellow, and key (black).

This color blending mode is responsible for most of the printed materials you see and interact with every day... that's why we thought it deserved a little attention! Even though we're surrounded by beautiful colors every day, we rarely stop and think about what goes in to them. 

This funky, pop-art inspired mood board is our visual ode to the CMYK printing process. We know it's nerdy... but, hey, what can we say -- we love design and color! 

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Mood Boards: Falling into Fall

October is finally here and we’re ready for all things fall. It’s time to trade in our summer sandals for boots, grab our favorite cardigan, and eat ridiculous amounts of pumpkin flavored baked goods.

In the spirit of the new season, we’ve put together a little collection of autumn inspired mood boards: 

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Pumpkin Spice

Yes, we know all things pumpkin spice are a bit overrated, but we couldn’t resist! It just wouldn’t be fall without it.



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This color scheme was inspired by the warm glow of seasonal candles and the relaxing crackle of a campfire. 



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Woodland Escape

There’s nothing better than going on a walk on a crisp autumn day. We love the feel of a cool morning breeze and the sound of leaves as they crunch with each step. 



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Cozy Cabin

Fall is the perfect time to enjoy freshly picked apples and endless mugs of hot chocolate. 


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Autumn Leaves

Our final board was inspired by the simple beauty of the changing leaves. A soft touch of yellow and green add a subtle dash of color to chocolate brown.


What do you love most about fall? Let us know in the comments!

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Mood Boards: Home Sweet Home

We have a confession to make...  We have a bit of an addiction to browsing home decor on Pinterest. But instead of adding to our already over flowing “dream home” board, this week we decided to channel our energy into some shareable content!

If you love day dreaming about how you're going to decorate your house, this little collection of "Home Sweet Home" moodboards is just for you!

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During the Victorian era, plain jane décor was a major faux pas. Burgundy, burnt orange, and teal hues create a modern spin on the classic style. 


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For this color scheme, we were inspired by golden fields of wheat and rustic simplicity.  


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Our collection wouldn’t be complete without one of the most popular American styles. Lemon zest, forest green, and robin’s egg blue add a nice contrast to a black and white canvas.


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We know it’s cheesy, but we’ve always loved Miss Honey’s teeny tiny cottage in Matilda. For this shabby chic palette, we chose muted shades reminiscent of tea roses, ivy, and aged stone.


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For this rich scheme, we combined warm hues like papaya and goldenrod with a bold hint of sapphire.


What’s the style of your dream house? Share it in the comments!

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Mood Boards: Museum Favorites

Creative inspiration can be found anywhere, from a scene in a movie to a trip to the museum.

This week, we cracked open our forgotten art history textbooks and found inspiration in the works of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Art Nouveau masters.

No need for an artistic background- simply peruse through our collection of mood boards to find a little inspiration of your own.



Paul Cézanne

This rich mix of cool and warm tones can add a strong pop of color to websites, resumes, or business cards.    



Claude Monet

A bold punch of crimson adds an unexpected contrast to these lily pad greens.



Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

For this color scheme, we channeled the fast-paced energy of Parisian dance halls filled with quirky partygoers.



Edgar Degas

We loved the soft romantic feel of Degas’ delicate scenes. Adding a mossy green helped keep this pastel palate from feeling too girly.



Gustave Klimt

For this expressive color scheme, we channeled Klimt’s mosaic-like portraits and floral landscapes.


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Mary Cassatt

Although Cassatt’s Impressionistic scenes were inspired by Degas, she had a style all her own. Lively bursts of yellow and ochre standout against blue and green hues.


Who are your favorite artists? Let us know in the comments!

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Mood Boards: Around the world

Summertime is just around the corner and we’ve been bitten by the travel bug.

To quench our recent wanderlust, we used some creative energy to build a few mood boards inspired by beautiful destinations around the world.

Ready? Let’s go!

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Craving a trip to the sea? Relax on the warm shores of Mykonos and explore the winding cliffside villages of Santorini.


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From famous works of art to incredible food, Italy never fails to impress. We channeled the country’s rich culture and ancient landmarks for this warm and earthy mood board.


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Even though the Northern Lights are most visible in the wintertime, summertime in Iceland is full of natural beauty.


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The South of France

Fragrant lavender, picturesque beaches, and charming hillside villages helped inspire this airy color scheme.


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Whether you’re wandering the busy city of London, or enjoying the simplicity of the countryside, England is full of things to do and places to visit.


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Spain is the perfect destination for creative spirits and nomads alike. The vibrant streets and whimsical architecture sparked this bold and quirky palate.


Want even more inspiration? Revisit our past mood boards here.  

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Mood Boards: Blast from the Past

Lately, we’ve been feeling a little nostalgic. Since we don’t have a DeLorian to help us hop back in time, we decided to get a little creative.

Take a trip to the past with our collection of retro mood boards: 


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Listening to Pandora’s 60’s French Pop station helped put us in the mood to create our first board. We love the graphic prints and classic style of this iconic decade.



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While we like the look of ruffled shirts in the 70’s, we’re happy they haven’t made a comeback.



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This bright color scheme may have fueled an 80’s movie marathon on Netflix… 



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90’s style has definitely found its way back in recent years. We’re loving these bold geometric patterns and energetic colors. 

What’s your favorite decade? Let us know in the comments!

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Mood Boards: Autumn Inspiration

Autumn is (finally really) here! Many celebrate this change in season with chunky sweaters, holiday music, and pumpkin-spiced everything (seriously, why is everything flavored with pumpkin?!).

At Hue & Tone, we like to celebrate fall with a little visual inspiration.  Lately, we’re craving rich tones, warm textures, and natural aesthetics.  Want to peak into our minds? Check out our collection of mood boards below:

Blue & Citrus

We’ve been seeing a lot of navy and coral lately. Teal and grey provide a refreshing update to this color trend.


Rustic Warmth

This chilly autumn air makes our hearts long for a log cozy cabin, campfires, and misty morning sunrises. 


Flora & Fauna

A change in temperature justifies a Netflix binge. Princess Elizabeth’s visit to Africa on The Crown inspired this prim and natural color scheme.  


Desert Rose

These hazy muted colors and cacti imagery make us want to take a road trip to the South West.


Pomegranate Wine

We’re loving deep plum hues paired with rich neutral textures.


Vibrant & Crisp

Playful green hues paired with geometric patterns. 


Muted Sea

Calm blues and soft neutrals.


What are your favorite color combos? Let us know in the comments!  

Meet Karissa: SCAD Grad + Design Lover

Hi everyone!

I’m Karissa Johnson and last week I began my social + web internship at Hue & Tone Creative! I first started my creative education after becoming obsessed with Project Runway. I started studying fashion right away – but, after making a lopsided shirt in my fashion tech class, I made the *smart* choice to study Fashion Marketing instead.

I graduated from the Fashion Marketing and Management program at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and I’m currently studying Graphic Design and Advertising online at Wake Tech. My interest in graphic design was piqued when I started using Photoshop to create mood boards for my marketing projects. Even though my interest in graphic design was sparked during my SCAD days, I didn’t make the leap to graphic design until recently. I’m excited about this new internship because it will give me the opportunity to learn and experience a new field that I’m passionate about.

There’s a lot that inspires me, but I wanted to start off by giving everyone a sense of my design aesthetic. Here’s a mood board I created – it’s a bit of a visual representation of some of the things and styles I love.

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If you want to know even more about my favorite things, I’ve got a few inspiration recommendations for you:

Favorite Movies/Shows: The list could go on forever! Some of my favorites are Penny Dreadful, Amelie, and Game of Thrones.  I’ve also always loved Wes Anderson movies -- his strong use of color and symmetrical composition never fails to impress me.

Hobbies: I love to work with my hands and am happiest when I can use my creative energy making something. Drawing, painting, and baking are some of my favorite outlets. I also recently made a succulent terrarium with a friend. (Succulents are so pretty!)… But, unfortunately, only two of my four plants are still alive. Even though my grandma is an amazing gardener, I seem to have a black thumb.

My top sources of inspiration:

  • This Is Colossal has an amazing collection of design, illustration, and photography from artists around the world. I’m always amazed by what people are capable of creating. But, don’t take my word for it, browse for yourself:
  • I was introduced to Design Sponge during my internship with Anthropologie. It’s a beautifully curated blog filled with DIY projects, home interiors, and guides for creative professionals.

Now that I’ve told you a little about me, leave us a comment telling us what inspires you! And, follow Karissa on Instagram to stay up-to-date on all her creative endeavors!

From Camille: My mood board experiment

Hi all, Camille (the new intern) here!

This week I’ve decided to try my hand at making a mood board. While looking for design inspiration, I'd been seen tons of inspiration mood board. Not only did they look fun to make, I felt like they were a perfect first project for Adobe Illustrator! I’ll preface by saying, I've never made a mood board before. I decided to walk you through the step-by-step process of creating my first one!  I should also mention that I am a beginner with Adobe Illustrator, so this is all a learning process for me. So...*finger’s crossed.*

My first real step was to find pictures, but before that -- a theme! Pinterest is always my go to for inspiration of any kind, especially pictures. I chose to do a summer theme (because who doesn’t have summer on the brain right now?) and I love looking at bright, colorful colors... so, that’s the theme for the day!

STEP ONE: PINTEREST BOARD. First, I made a summer mood board on Pinterest, and began to search “summer” items. I pinned about 19 images to this board (I got a little excited!)

I planned to only use about 10 of the 19 images, but it’s always great to have extras. I was looking for images that not only had a common theme, but that had similar colors so that they would mesh well together for the final mood board.

STEP TWO: CHOOSING IMAGES. I chose about 10 images that I thought was the most “summer inspired” images   

STEP THREE: MOOD BOARD TEMPLATE. I found a few mood board templates to use here here and here. If you’re ever in need of a template these are great to use! I used one of these template to get started on my board.

STEP FOUR: PLACE IMAGES. ‘File’ → ‘Place’ → Locate images.

STEP FIVE: IMPORT TEMPLATE. Repeat the same steps above to import your template! (This one was perfect for me because it even came with instructions!)

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STEP SIX: LAYOUT PHOTOS. Next, I spent some time playing around with the position of the images.

STEP SEVEN: CLIPPING MASK. Once I had the images all lined up with my template I clipped them to fit the space. Just draw a box over the image → select the image and box → ‘Object’ → ‘Clipping Mask’ → ‘Make’. This will crop the image to fit in the box you just made.

STEP EIGHT: REPEAT. I continued to do this with all of the images, and felt like I was starting to get the hang of it! At this point, it was looking better than I had thought it might… and so far it was even easier than I expected.



STEP NINE: BORDERS. I could see the finish line at this point! Now that all the pictures were imported I wanted to put white borders around each picture. Not going to lie, I had to Google how to do this. It turned out to be pretty simple -- just not very intuitive to a first time user. For my first attempt, I added a border around each of my images, but this ended up making the lines uneven. Some of them were overlapping, or uneven.

So, I pulled all the borders off and drew regular lines in the pattern of mood board. This made a much more even end result!

STEP TEN: VOILA! Finished product. My first ever mood board, complete.

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The best part of this process was definitely pinning the pictures and watching the whole thing come together. Who knew a bunch of random pictures I pinned on Pinterest could form into something so cohesive? Something that could actually inspire a project?  A lot of googling was involved, but I know I’ll remember what I’ve learned and be able to build off of it for next time.

Thanks for following along, until next time,