If You are Going to Cheat on Your Color Space…

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If You are Going to Cheat on Your Color Space…

do it intelligently.

12 Tone Color Wheel by Invent Your Image


Nature’s colors has a nature flow, they are not linear, just like the above color wheel.  In the color analysis world we use color to uplift our client’s moods, broaden their expression, and refresh their spirit.  Once your color analyst identifies your color space, from one of the 12 above, she gives you your book of colors and you start living and breathing these colors.  Do you dare to venture elsewhere?  Do you want to draw outside the lines and try on a different color space?  I often do!  Once you understand the 3 dimensions of color, involved with the 12 color tones, you will begin to understand that they all have a natural counterpart that have relatively consistent defining characteristics.

So if you are ready to step outside your color boundaries her are your cliff notes;

women true springwomen true autumn

It is easy to see from the pictures and the continuums of dimensions of color, that their commonality is their warmth.

women true winterwomen true summer

As in these 2 color spaces they share cool hues.

Next moving to the neutral color spaces and this becomes a little more difficult to translate the counterparts similarities so here goes;

women bright springwomen dark autumn

Both these color palettes are leaning towards the warm side of their adjoining true seasons (reference the continuums in the pictures).  Also, the brightest and darkest of their categories.  Interesting fact if I did not know anything about color I am naturally drawn to both of these.  I am a BSp but am attracted to the DA colors and my husband and my 2 boys are both DA’s.  Coincidence?  I think not!

women bright winterwomen light summer

Now it is your turn.  What is the commonality that they both share?  Hint; look at the Three dimensions of color scales.  You got it, the hue is the same.  They are both leaning toward the cool side of their true season.  Also, the lightest and brightest of their group.

women light springwomen soft autumn

In this pairing, they are both leaning towards the warm side of their true season.  They are also the lightest and softest of their respective season.

women soft summerwomen dark winter

Last pairing, they both leaning towards the cool side and are the softest and darkest in their season group.

Would love to hear if you have ever tried out a different color space?  If you have which one did you cheat with?  Have you ever tried your counterpart color category?  All feedback is welcome.  Thanks for reading. 

By |2014-03-08T21:43:41+00:00March 8th, 2014|13 Comments


  1. Haley April 19, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    I love this post! I’ve bought pieces since learning I’m a dark autumn that fall in the bright spring zone. Interestingly, since my color reveal with you, this is the only other palette I venture into. Now I understand why. Before,I would only buy small splashes of bright spring for things that aren’t close to my face. I’ll be braver now and try some new things in colors that near DA. Thanks!

    • Lisa K. Ford April 19, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      Thanks for commenting Haley! I am the reverse, I look best in BSp but venture into your DA color space esp with a great dark olive. Have fun with your splashed of brights. Cannot wait to see you in them. Also thanks for your continued support.

    • Lisa K. Ford December 19, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      thanks Haley as always for your support, feedback and comments.

  2. Sandra Davis June 15, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Interesting! I’m a DW that leans TW instead of DA. So, if I cheat, who would I borrow from?

    • Lisa K. Ford June 15, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Your counterpart color tone Sandra is Soft Summer, so reference those two color spaces, that are pictures side-by-side, when you’re reading this blog post. Let me know if you have anymore questions.

  3. Heather December 19, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Hi Lisa!

    I was analyzed in Sci-Art as a Soft Summer going into Dark Winter and leaning warm. So that makes sense! People thought I looked unwell so I stopped wearing these colors.

    I was also analyzed a Light Spring with Autumn roasting (in 16 seasons). That also makes sense as I see L. Spring and S. Autumn together on your cheat sheet.

    I have also been analyzed as a Warm Spring but with peach undertones. Oh boy, and I have found that actually I need a lower chroma than Warm Spring and Burnt Orange from Warm Autumn looks much better.

    The main thing I need is muted, just not sure if I need Warm Autumn’s level of muted or Soft Autumn’s very muted level. But clear colors make my skin disappear, If I am going to wear a bright color it better be orange.

    Thanks for the sheet cheat!

  4. Dana K March 20, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Lisa, I love your use of visuals! I’m a very warm Soft Summer and find myself borrowing from both Dark Winter and Soft Autumn. This post in particular makes it easy to see why. Thank you!

    • Lisa K. Ford March 20, 2015 at 6:56 pm

      Thanks Dana for taking the time to share your comments about our blog post. Thanks for following.

  5. Sarah Alvarez November 5, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Wow, I love you charts, but now I feel more confused then ever! I’m having a extremely hard time finding where I fit in. I can see both blue&green in my veins, I believe I have neutral undertones (although I tend to have a lot of redness when I’m hot). My hair is somewhat difficult to describe as well, it’s been at least two years since I’ve used any dye. Looking at my hair near the roots my hair is a ashy brown, but there golden brown/red (maybe copper) hi-lights which are extremely noticeable if the light hits it. Next we have my eyes, I was always told they were hazel green, but recently I came across a pin on Pinterest that explains true hazel is a solid color, my eyes are actually more of a cool green (I think) with something called central heterochromia. The outer most part of my iris is a dark grayish blue followed by a bit of seafoam green that blend into a almost lime green and finally a reddish brown around the pupil. Please help, it has become an obsession trying to find where I fit in. I feel I look best in dark cool colors, but I can also pull of chocolate brown. Colors that look horrible on me are orangey rusty colors, tan and kaqui wash me out as well. Please Help Me!

    • Lisa K. Ford November 5, 2015 at 9:50 pm


      My recommendation is to find a certified color analyst in your area to have your color space unveiled.


  6. […] color sites to explore would be where the above images came from:  Cardigan Empire, Invent Your Own Image, and The Chic Fashionista (I found this site’s explanation of how to find which color group I […]

    • Lisa K. Ford August 3, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      The images on my blog are all my proprietary artwork, not Cardigan Empire or The Chic Fashionista although I have seen other sites use my images without my permission.

      Lisa K. Ford, AICI CIC
      Owner of Invent Your Image

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