January Color Inspiration: Charleston, South Carolina

Color is one of my favorite things about creating art.

Choosing my color scheme, using the colors to create something that speaks to my mood, and experimenting with color combinations is almost the entire reason why I find art so enjoyable. I should have seen this coming years ago, judging by my giddiness at the nail polish section of any drug store. Maybe it’s not that I love pretty nails (though, I do!), but it’s that I get to have a pop of color at my literal fingertips every single day.

Last year, I became more and more obsessed with color palettes and creating my own color schemes. It wasn’t until November that I was confident enough to show these schemes off on my Instagram feed. Now, I’m pretty much shamelessly addicted to finding color palettes in every day life, from my office, to the food I eat, to the places I go. This month, my major source of color inspiration is the colorful city of Charleston, South Carolina. My mom loves Charleston, and she wanted to spend her birthday there. So we booked an Air BnB and spent 5 days exploring and eating and taking all kinds of photos.

If you’ve never been to Charleston, I highly recommend it for many reasons. But today, we’re only talking scenery…colorful scenery! Buildings, houses, shops, flowers—-color is EVERYWHERE. And the most beautiful pastels you’ve ever seen! I mean, why hasn’t the rest of America caught onto this? I’m pretty sure the secret to health and happiness is having a pink front door. (See below)

A house in Beaufort. We passed by it on a carriage ride, and of course, I had to track it down later to take a photo.

A house in Beaufort. We passed by it on a carriage ride, and of course, I had to track it down later to take a photo.

Walking around Charleston, I snapped photos of every building and scene that inspired me, and I’ve used those photos to create color palettes I am so excited to use in my art or simply stick in my Pinterest mood boards for future home inspo. You’re welcome to use them too, in whatever way you please, just make sure to tag me so I can see what you come up with!

Rainbow row is a must-see for any color lovers out there! These houses are a fashion blogger’s dream.

Rainbow row is a must-see for any color lovers out there! These houses are a fashion blogger’s dream.

There is a LOT of color going on in this blog post, but I am hoping that at least one to two color schemes will stick out to you. Maybe you’ll even be inspired to evaluate what’s around you and discover colors around you you’ve never really noticed before.

Charleston has the most beautiful, lush window boxes ever! I hope my thumb is green enough for some in my future home.

Charleston has the most beautiful, lush window boxes ever! I hope my thumb is green enough for some in my future home.

This reminds me of everything understated and beautiful I’ve ever seen.

This reminds me of everything understated and beautiful I’ve ever seen.

This pink hint of a wall sticking out is maybe my favorite thing EVER. I need a pink accent wall in my future home. Especially beside a stone greige-y color. Pink door, pink wall, pink pink pink.

This was the first restaurant my mom and I visited during our stay: Gaulart & Maliclet, also known as   Fast   &   French  . Located on Broad Street and super affordable and delicious.

This was the first restaurant my mom and I visited during our stay: Gaulart & Maliclet, also known as Fast & French. Located on Broad Street and super affordable and delicious.

We hit up Folly Beach at sunset on my mom’s birthday and caught the Blood Wolf Moon rising. I’ve never seen so many beautiful colors. Believe it or not, this is a RAW, UNEDITED photo straight from my (nice) Canon camera. The rest of the images are from my phone, but my phone couldn’t do this justice.

We hit up Folly Beach at sunset on my mom’s birthday and caught the Blood Wolf Moon rising. I’ve never seen so many beautiful colors. Believe it or not, this is a RAW, UNEDITED photo straight from my (nice) Canon camera. The rest of the images are from my phone, but my phone couldn’t do this justice.

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Last but not least, this is my favorite color palette (besides Folly Beach at sunset). This is a very ‘Kiley’ color scheme: pink, buttery yellow, a robin’s egg blue, and a dark navy. I live for these colors when I’m illustrating or lettering on my iPad!

Which one is your favorite? When you decide, feel free to screenshot it and import it into Procreate to use in your art. Just don’t forget to tag me! You can also find these pinned on my Pinterest account!

I’m hoping to do more blog posts like this—-potentially on a monthly basis. February is just begging for Valentine’s Day color inspiration!

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Kiley Bennett is the lettering artist, blogger, and teacher behind Kiley in Kentucky! Starting in 2015, Kiley in KY is a one-stop- shop for anyone learning the ropes of brush-lettering. Access everything from free work-sheets, super simple tutorials, to affordable self-paced online courses--all of which arecreated in Kiley’s home studio. 

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