Colors for Guys and Dolls

After watching Guys and Dolls (1955) recently, I was inspired to make a few color palettes.  Two nightclub scenes, two Unexpected Uses of Purple.

Colors from Guys and Dolls: Havana nightclub

The Havana nightclub is all earthy, smoke-screened, muted tones: grey-greens, greys, and oranges, with splashes of unexpected color in hazy lavender and aqua.  It’s misty cool mixed with sultry warmth, apropos for the scene.

The dusty lavender also coordinates nicely with Jean Simmons’ suit.

Colors from "Guys and Dolls" (1955) | The Counterfeit Writer

Another nightclub, this one the Hot Spot in New York, where Sky meets Nicely before delivering some bad news to Adelaide. At first glance, this is an uber-50s red and blue color scheme, with a dash of grey from Nicely’s suit. On second glance, the accents are…purple? Yes, purple. The chairs, the pillars, even the dishes reflect subtle plum and pink-tinged lavender! Splitting the difference between red and blue, it keeps the lighter accents from turning the club’s interior into a patriotic palette. It also looks extremely plush.



Color Palettes: “Easter Parade”


Judy Garland in “Easter Parade” (1948)


Presenting a new feature of this blog: color inspiration palettes!  I enjoy browsing the palettes put out by places like Design Seeds (for a movie take, see Movies in Color and Wes Anderson Palettes) – and thought the world needed more color combinations based on classic movies.

Use them for outfit or project inspiration, or just as a fresh look at the color schemes used in movies we love.