A rainbow of colored walls

I mentioned recently in this post about how much style bloggers love a colored wall backdrop, and I am no exception! That gave me the idea to go back through my outfit gallery archives and see if I could make a rainbow of colored wall backdrops. That was fun — and easy! — to do, and I actually had to narrow down, as I had several options of different colored walls, particularly for shades of red and blue.

So here it is, my own personal rainbow made up of colored walls. A color retrospective, if you will, or perhaps this post should be subtitled “So many colored walls, so little time”… ? 😉

(The links to the original outfit posts are below the collage.)

Librarian for Life + Style | A rainbow of colored walls

red // orange // yellow // green // blue // violet

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4 thoughts on “A rainbow of colored walls

  1. Mike

    That’s awesome Jen! You have every color background of the rainbow except indigo. The colored backgrounds really help bring out the color of your outfits and they all juxtapose so nicely. 🙂

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      It’s interesting that you brought up indigo. I actually do have pics with indigo, or dark blue, backdrops, as seen here at https://librarianforlifestyle.com/2014/03/26/matching-florals/. I actually thought about it and deliberately chose NOT to include indigo in the collage for a few reasons: (a) it made the collage too small (when you add width, you have to decrease the height to make it “fit” on the page); (b) the most standard number of colors in a rainbow is 7, but that hasn’t always been the case (in the 1600s, Newton first divided the color spectrum into 5 colors, leaving out orange and indigo), so the colors of a rainbow can vary according to preference; and (c) I’ve always thought including indigo as a distinct color on the rainbow feels like kind of a cheat, as to me, it’s just dark blue. And I’m not the only one! In the ’70s, Asimov wrote “It is customary to list indigo as a color lying between blue and violet, but it has never seemed to me that indigo is worth the dignity of being considered a separate color. To my eyes it seems merely deep blue.” I agree! You can totally leave out indigo on a rainbow — like I did here — and it’s still recognizable as a rainbow.

      1. Mike

        Oooh, interesting trivia! I didn’t know about the original color spectrum being only 5 colors and the exclusion of orange and indigo. This is pure speculation, but I’m wondering if Newton left these colors out because they blended in. Orange is a combination of red and yellow so it sort of blends in with the two colors when placed next to them. The same would apply to indigo probably as it does the same thing with blue and purple. I often see this when painting as I like to add a little orange (when I’m painting a sunset sky) to the red and yellow to give it a nice blend kind of look.

        And you know, the thing about indigo is that it’s one of those colors in which you’re not sure where it fits in the color spectrum. Some shades of it look sort of blue, while others look more purple or violet. Even though I think it’s a cool color and I like it, I’m never quite sure what it is! I’m led to believe that it can be called a “tertiary” color because in some instances, it has a “purplish blue” look to it, making it a mixture of a primary color and a secondary color, similar to violet, which is slightly different from purple.

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