Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Seasonal Color Analysis: Are You a Deep Spring?

Seasonal Color Analysis: Introducing Deep Spring...

Colour Me Beautiful in Europe suggests that there are actually 24 seasons, not just the 12. By changing the third characteristic (in spring's case, "light" becomes "deep"), you create 12 new seasons. Each season has three characteristics: whether it is light or deep, warm or cool, soft or clear.

Using the method of color analysis presented in their book, Colour Me Beautiful, you first decide which is your dominant characteristic, and then that gives you two possibilities for your second. And that's how you find your season.

But in private color analysis, CMB Europe trained color analysts also choose the third, rather than settling on the typical third characteristic.

So, for springs, the dominant characteristic is warm and the second is clear. Instead of assuming that the third is light, they check to see if it could be deep.

Which would give you deep spring, our topic for today's post.

During the next few weeks, each Tuesday, I will share some of the new seasons that I think are likely to be found among women of color.

Deep Spring might be appropriate for women of color with warm, deep coloring that is brighter or more clear than deep autumns and not quite as warm as warm autumns.

If you are a deep spring, you would have influence from both winter and autumn (like the clear autumn). So if you have taken my seasonal color analysis quiz, and your highest score was for spring, check to see what your 2nd and 3rd highest scores were.

If you are a spring, but your coloring is deep, and your second highest score was autumn, you may need warm spring colors that are a little deeper than the warm spring palette would provide. If it was winter, you need a little more depth (color intensity) than light spring, a little less intensity than clear winter and more contrast than springs would normally create.

Seasonal Color Analysis for Deep Spring: Some Possibilities for the Deep Spring Color Palette...

Deep Spring Color Palette

Seasonal Color Analysis for Celebrities: Who Might Be a Celebrity Deep Spring... 

 (Beyonce Knowles)

(Gina Neely)

Here's another try at capturing deep spring...

My Style Journey: Deep Spring Collage

What do you think? Might you be a deep spring?

Having trouble deciding which season you are? I'd be happy to help!
Start the process of finding your season by taking my
seasonal color analysis quiz

Warm Autumn:“This woman never pretends. She won’t say something just to flatter you unless she believes it to be true. She cries harder than anyone at a funeral. She is fiercely loyal to her family but will not spare them hard work or spoil them with extravagance. She may seem to absorb a lot of demands but when she draws the line at enough, everyone knows it.” ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints


  1. Great post, very informing! Thanks so much <3

  2. Hi Esther! Glad you liked it. Love to you, too!

  3. Oh wow. I've been waiting for what feels like forever for the
    new seasons since I herd another color analysis say there would be. I can't wait to hear them all and get more information. Grea article :)

    1. Thanks!! There may be some differences between my new or extra seasons and the one you heard about, at least in the names that are used, but it is very interesting.

    2. Yes I never understood why the other system would leave out a deeper warm palette? I am glad theres one now.

    3. Thanks, Anonymous! I think the biggest value in identifying an extra season like this is knowing the range of "best colors" but it wouldn't mean you couldn't wear other spring colors.

  4. Excellent!

    I've been scratching my head forever on these things as well.

    I'm obviously warm - and in the DYT system Anne pegged me as a 3/1, but Carol pegged me as a 1/3.

    Straight Spring is too sugary on me, and some of the Autumn is too muddy. I was just thinking the other day, that what I want is warm, clear and deep.

    At long last - a new term!


    1. Hi Ana Maria! A lot of similar things happened to me, in my journey to deep spring, although vivid deep spring might be more accurate. If you want to see some of the things I have been coming up with for deep spring, check out these posts...



      And stay tuned! :)

      Love to hear how you work with this new concept as well.


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