Inspiration from food that you won’t believe!

Color inspiration can be right in front of us, and we don’t even realize it! If you’re like me you like to cook and eat, and go to the colorful food store without even thinking about the colors around you. Right there, is a great example of color inspiration!


You can find inspiration in the air you breathe and the food you eat. In fact, I did just that. I found four colorful fruits and vegetables sure to inspire, and here’s how to use their brilliant colors!




A native to the Middle East, Asia, and Mediterranean, the pomegranate inspires the exotic and the forbidden. Shiny and deep maroon, we are inspired by monochromatic color schemes in every shade of maroon from pink to red and brown.


Contrasting with the saturated reds of the pomegranate, a touch of white or creamy beige will take away from monotonous surroundings, while analogous green will draw your attention to these fruits that bring knowledge, lust, and passion to the beholder.


Dragon Fruit

If you have never seen dragon fruits up close and personal – you just have to! These fruits look like treasure trolls with green flames shooting from the bulb. Opened, you find a polka-dotted surprise with purples, pinks and whites ready to be devoured.


These fruits inspire the use of texture, pointillism, gradation, and color. The use of neons, opposite hues, saturated tones, and analogous colors are fun, vibrant, and daring!


Alongside the playful pink and green of the dragon fruit, feel free to add in citrus colors like yellows, orange. Lime greens also add a splash color to this fruit that is all about color inspiration!

Blue Pod Peas

Don’t ask me what they taste like; I have never had one! But, to see blue peas within their pods – now, that is delicious! Some have a purple tint; others have an electrifying glow. Some have actual blue peas within; others are green! Coming across a blue pea pod, one will be inspired for days.


Many gardens are now adding blue pod peas, not only for the nutritional value they bring but also for the bright blue flowers that adorn the plants.


Blue and a darker blue with a hint of purple too it, is a versatile color to work with. Yellows and pinks will compliment the rich royal color, while pinks will add a sweet touch!


Purple Carrots

The original color of the domestic carrot is a purple so regal and so intense that you almost want to wear it around your neck. Each carrot varies in tone and hue, ranging between dark purples to almost fluorescent saturations.


Getting to the root of inspiration, we find that the dramatic contrast between a dark purple exterior and a bright orange interior can do wonders to a color scheme. I would think of adding lighter blue as a compliment, or a sultry red would also be a delicious choice! Bold and eccentric, yet elegant, we are reminded of curtains in the theater, playful imagination, and hours spent in a summer vegetable garden!



That can happen when you least expect it, and being in the produce section is a great example of that! Open your eyes to the possibilities! Color is all around us. We don’t have to go to the paint store to find colors that excite us, we can go about our business, follow our usual routine, and find a world of color inspiration right in front of us! I challenge you to see what’s out there, look at everything around you through a single day. You just might find the most colorful inspiration that money can buy!





About the Author: Amy Wax

Amy Wax, creator of Color 911®, is an artist and experienced color consultant, recognized for her expertise in the world of color and design. Fifteen years ago, Amy created Your Color Source Studios, Inc. a company specializing in the architectural application of color. Amy has received numerous awards for her color expertise.

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