Fabric Style & Colours

Dare to choose stripes

The ‘classical’ stripe:

This is by far the best known of all kinds of stripes on awnings. The classical stripe is a simple combination of one colour with a white or cream.

The ‘neo-classical’ stripe:

This is a subtle evolution from the classical stripe. The neo-classical style plays on repeating 2 stripes with a thin coloured line to brighten up the design.

The ‘fancy’ stripe:

The general public are particularly fond of this style. Multicoloured, soft, bright or contrasting, our fancy stripes are the fruit of top level stylistic research.

The ‘jacquard’ stripe:

The jacquard technique, widely used for fabrics used on furniture, gives delicate and colourful patterns.

Understanding colour

Above all, colour is a question of perception.

In reality, colours are produced by rays of light. Light rays are absorbed and/or reflected by the body they fall on. The degree of absorption and reflection gives a certain length of light wave. These waves are made up of different steps that correspond to each of the colours.

Colour is also a question of interpretation.

People see colours differently depending on their culture and environment. Orange does not conjure up the same ideas in France, the Netherlands and the United States. In Europe, shades such as white and beige make spaces bigger and enhance brightness. Yellow, orange and red are warm colours, whereas blue and green are soothing and make areas seem cooler. There are a multitude of words to describe colours and many names of colours to go with their descriptions.

Harmonies of colour:

The choice of a colour is rarely left to chance. Conscious or subconscious choices are made according to various rules. To understand these rules it is necessary to remember that there are two types of colour: primary colours (Primary yellow, Magenta and Cyan), which, when mixed together, give secondary colours (Green, Orange and Violet).
All of these colours are laid down in a chromatic circle. To create harmonies, complementary colours are used with the help of this circle. There are several combinations possible, as shown in the diagram above.

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