July 06, 2021 4 min read
I am pleased to introduce you to Cool Summer, Jayne Burmaster. Jayne is a Design Director providing creative direction and management to contract furnishing clients. Her specialty is working with product designers from all over the globe to design sophisticated, contemporary, environmentally responsible chairs.
Jayne's meticulous attention to detail is evident in every aspect of her life - her gorgeously curated and creative wardrobe, her simple artistic decorating style and the colorful healthy dishes she prepares. She is the first contact for me when I need creative or design advice.
In the years since she discovered her Cool Summer coloring, I have enjoyed watching her diligently switch her wardrobe over. She is passionate and exacting. Jayne has taken her enthusiasm to a new level by dying her favorite pieces to the best colors using RIT dye. Jayne's design sense and knowledge about color have helped her to choose the perfect dyes and right textures and fabrics to make this process a success.
What prompted you to have a color analysis?
I heard from my friends who had a color analysis with Kerry how much they enjoyed discovering what colors brought out the best in their appearance and why. They completely enjoyed the process and not only how their wardrobe could be improved, but how to adjust their hair color and make up to complement their natural coloring. After hearing their excitement, it was on my to do list but it was after I got to know Kerry that I couldn’t wait to try it.
I make color decisions every day in my job as creative director. Fashion and clothing are my passions, so I have to say I thought I had a pretty good idea of what colors look good on me. I did not expect color analysis would make a big difference for me, but because I knew Kerry, I knew it would be fun and I would learn something new.
How has it changed your life?
I’m not sure where to start! Only 20% of my wardrobe was the right color for me. I’ve always had clothing in my closet that I loved because of the color & style or because that color was currently in style but when I put it on, I didn’t feel good and it went back in the closet. Because they were beautiful quality and styles, I couldn’t part with them.
I didn’t realize wearing the right color for me could make a night and day difference! When I saw first hand what a difference it makes, it became so obvious to me that I can no longer wear any colors that do not work for me.
About 50% of my wardrobe was black or gray. I bought black clothing because It looked great on other people. I think I knew it didn’t look as good on me, but I didn’t know why. When I learned I was a Cool Summer, everything made sense. Knowing why certain pieces of clothing weren't working allowed me to let it go and free up space for the right colors. I no longer buy clothing because I love the color unless it’s a Cool Summer color. Fortunately I had blues, pinks, grey, and light neutrals that made me look and feel good. All the black had to go.
In what ways has it changed the way you approach your business?
As Director of Design for a contract seating manufacturer, I am responsible for choosing color palettes for wood, plastic, metal, and laminate finishes for chairs. The color analysis at Indigo Tones provided me with enriched information on creating harmonious color palettes for the furniture lines. It is not only important to have colors that are on trend, but all the colors in the color palettes working together, will help to sell the chair.
What has been the biggest challenge?
The biggest challenge has been replacing the clothing in my closet to better color choices without buying all new clothing. I discovered a fun way to do that by changing the colors of my existing clothing.
Any interesting things happen while you were wearing your colors?
I started to get complements from women and men on days when I was wearing certain colors. They even say “That color looks good on you". It really is obvious! You have to live it to believe it.
What was the biggest surprise?
Before my color analysis I knew I couldn’t wear bright colors. That was no surprise. I thought that meant the more muted the better. What Kerry showed me is that too soft is almost as bad as too bright. Very subtle differences in color and brightness make a huge difference in the way I look and feel.
Tell me about your Closet
Prior to my color analysis, my closet was mostly black and grey. The grey remains and always works, but as soon as I knew better, I had to begin replacing the black with colors in my palette. Buying all new clothing was not an option and I didn’t want to get rid of the favorite styles I had collected over the years.
I discovered there was a way to remove the color from clothing with fabric bleaching products. It doesn’t work on all fabrics, but when it works the results can be amazing. Sometimes the color left after bleaching is beautiful and the right color for me. Other times, I get a lighter color that can be overdyed to a color that works for me. This removing color and redyeing has become a fun hobby of mine thanks to Kerry and color analysis! Over the last two years I have transformed my closet into a wardrobe that is just right for me.
I can’t say enough about my experience with Kerry at Indigo Tones. The session itself was an incredible experience. A close friend of mine did the session with me. I learned not only about how color affects 2 people so differently, but about how are personal style plays a role in how we wear clothing, color, & cosmetics.
Kerry is extremely talented and knowledgeable and teaches in a way that makes it easy to understand and so much fun!!! A color analysis at Indigo Tones is an entertaining and educational experience that leaves you with confidence and tools to use for the rest of your life.
Chair photos compliments of Source International.
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September 07, 2023 6 min read
It’s a treat to introduce you to this month's colorful lives feature, Soft Autumn Tim Stich who is also my son!! Tim’s experience with shopping for clothing and wearing color is unique as I become a color analyst when he was quite young. When he and his sister Clare were little, I tried dressing them in bright colors with strong patterns as was the style then.....but even before learning about personal color harmony, I started to sense that the clothes overwhelmed them and began dressing them in softer colors and solids. I was even shocked the other day to discover when I pulled out his school photos that every single photo (even before I learned of his color palette) was taken in a Soft Autumn color. You can see how his life has evolved wearing the soft, earthy colors that suit his ruddy hair, freckles and soft blue/green eyes.
Over the years, he has mostly been very eager to wear what suits him and looked to me to help him distinguish soft autumn colors from the two seasons nearby - warm autumn and soft summer. We enjoy shopping together, especially now that he lives in Manhattan and the shopping is abundant. It can be a challenge to find his colors in sizes and style that fit but when its perfect, it feels great and he knows it. Read on to learn more about what it’s like to be a guy whose mom is a color consultant!
August 01, 2023 7 min read
I am so excited to introduce you the “entertainingly irreverent” (Associated Press) Soft Summer, Valerie Peterson. Valerie is an extraordinary storyteller in a variety of media including scriptwriting, screenplays, fiction, non-fiction and book publishing/consulting. I analyzed her colors years ago in Rhode Island at a girls weekend hosted by a mutual friend (color analysis and girls weekends make a great combo!). In the years since, Valerie has embraced her Soft Summer colors in spite of living and working in New York City where black is a standard and practical.
It was a thrill when her publisher chose a photo of my family for her wonderfully spirited book, Peterson’s Happy Hour. On page 46, you can find me with my family - brothers, Mike and Tim and my parents Marcia and J. Michael Jones circa 1970. The book features many more photographic gems and recipes for a fabulous social gathering!
In this month’s colorful lives blog, Valerie shares her journey with her color palette. As with all her writing projects, she is humorous, colorful and entertaining! She has kept in great condition and still uses the Sci Art swatch book that I provided back in those days!! Be sure to check out her large body of work on valeriepeterson.net and read more in the blog:
July 25, 2023 4 min read
While doing color analysis in Boston in June, I had the pleasure of meeting Danielle Burton and giving her a 12-Season Color Analysis. Danielle had recently experienced a 4-Season Color Analysis with a House of Colour consultant and was told she was a Winter. I was skeptical that she was any type of Winter (in the 12 season system, there are actually 3 Winters - Dark Winter, Cool Winter and Bright Winter). Her light eyes, natural lighter and soft brownish hair and skin tone were much more consistent with my clients who fall into the lighter seasons, especially Summer.
Since her hair had been highlighted, we covered it with a neutral gray cap to do the testing portion of the analysis, ensuring that the lighter color did not sway the results of the analysis. It was clear from the beginning that Danielle was responding more harmoniously to the cool tones even some of the lighter cool winter drapes which was consistent with her 4 season color analysis.
But, while she contrasted with any drapes that were dark and bright, she was softened and balanced by the lighter cool tones, particularly Summer. The dark colors brought out shadows under her eyes and the brighter colors overwhelmed her and brought attention to themselves. In the end, she looked lovely and perfectly balanced and harmonious in the Cool Summer colors!
"While I had a great experience at House of Colour, I do think they are missing out on a ton of research and color science by not including the 12 seasons and variants. The added layer of cool vs bright vs dark was a huge difference for me and really solidified which category I best fit”.
Enjoy reading more about Danielle’s experience with both systems and her reaction to her diagnosis as a Cool Summer:
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