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Lehti
We could literally feel spring in the air that day. The familiar breeze that often made its way over the lake was much warmer than it had been some days before. We made our way to the lake shore, and as usual, sat on our favorite wooden bench admiring the boats that passed by. We giggled as the ducks did their best to stay sheltered from the waves that the passing boats produced. We marvelled at the brave locals that couldn't resist taking their first dip of the season.Then, as the breeze picked up, we listened closely as the wind whistled through the leaves in the tree that surrounded us.
Why do trees spend the coldest season naked and then cover themselves for the summer?
The sound was magical, a little rustle that sounded almost like the leaves singing with joy. The children giggled excitedly. They watched intently as the warm breeze danced among the leaves. The branches and the leaves swayed gently to and fro together, moving to the beat of the breeze. The show continued until the breeze died down. Then, almost as in a game of musical chairs, the leaves stopped dead still and the tree was silent. It didn't take long for the music to start again and for the leaves to resume their movement.
Shapes
It was important for us to capture the movement in both the leaves and the branches as we had observed them that day. We felt, after much experimentation, that we captured this through the use of form and shape. For the leaves, we opted for a single form and then played with varying its position, size and grouping to obtain a sense of heterogeneity. We felt that producing too many varying leaf forms would detract from the sense of movement we wanted so desperately to emphasise.
We had some troubled deciding how best to depict the branches. In reality, we had observed branches of varying thickness. However, we had also noticed that only the smaller, more delicate sprigs swayed in the wind.
The final design was quite far removed from reality, but we were confident that it captured the motion that we set out to portray.
Wallpaper color
While we love the boldness of the lehti prints, we also believe wholeheartedly that, with the right color scheme, the serenity of the design would serve as the ideal addition to any little girl or little boy's room. With this in mind, we started or color experimentation. For a little girl, pink was the natural choice. Here, we didn't want to go with anything too cutesy, rather we wanted something with a bit of a vintage feel to it. We played around with shades of vintage pink but somehow couldn't get it to provide the cheerfulness we wanted to portray. We moved towards salmon shades and found a soft salmon hue that derived from a mix of orange a pink. Initially we had decided to keep the leave forms darker than the background, but ultimately we concluded that it was too overpowering. In the end we opted for a pale salmon pink background, keeping the leaves light and airy.
For a little boy, blue was the obvious choice. However, we wanted a tone with a bit of character. The pale, baby blues didn't work for us. They just didn't provide the right feel. After many many iterations, we started moving towards purple on the color spectrum. Then we hit it! A hue that combined the blue and violet families: periwinkle blue. A lightened shade of periwinkle blue formed the background of our design. As with our pink version, the leave forms were filled with a lighter shade to enhance the feeling of movement and softness.

What do you think of our color choices? Don't you think they bring the little boy's and girl's rooms to life?