Yurt Living – Colors

Designing a yurt entails color decisions. Of course material swatches are always best, but playing with an interactive tool is a great start.

The Colorado Yurt Company has the greatest exterior color tool available. You can play with the roof and valance choices in addition to the bottom band. Especially cool are the popular combinations. Examples are desert, sky, forest, and earth. A specific color combo to consider is a tan roof, terra cotta walls, and an emerald valance. Check it out and have fun.

Most yurt suppliers offer custom perks and as enthusiasts expand, so do creative ideas. Pictured is a story telling yurt helped made by Scottish and Irish members of the International Feltmakers Association. The frame is from a Scottish ash tree and the creation was supervised by Mark Humphries, a master wood worker. The project required natural materials like wool and wood. How is that for an artistic and colorful exterior?

Yurtco is an ethical company dedicated to building efficient, eco-friendly yurts near Vancouver, and not far from Seattle. They offer somewhat unconventional colors as pictured. Management there is eager to materialize artistic ideas with custom work.

If color decision-making causes you to sweat, consider a color consultant. Such a service is particularly valuable for resorts, parks and campgrounds. Then for those in-between fear and confidence, there are great software tools to obtain. Those tools are based on paints, but helpful nevertheless.

Whether solid colors or patterns, there’s no doubt it’s an important decision. Know that yurt living is so connected with nature that outdoors is the best place to observe and vision a color palette. I want to read what works for you, so please comment.


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Written by Delia Montgomery

I am Delia, d/b/a Chic Eco on, and established myself as an eco fashion guru by learning "who makes what in the world of environmental fashion and design."

Enjoy reading some of my freelance writing about environmental design, fashion and art -- from both consumer and supplier perspectives. You may notice I focus most on individual eco designers, movers and shakers.

From sustainable fashion apparel to paint and flooring, discoveries are a rush. I get my kicks this way. I also offer sales representation of earth-friendly designed products for wholesale buyers. Retailers may take advantage of my services with factory-direct pricing. Spend less time sourcing and prevent green-washed purchases!

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I'm originally a Kentucky Blue Grass gal who relocated to Maui early 2006 and the tropical Puna District of Big Island, Hawaii late 2007. Walk the talk is my motto here.

Early 2009 I constructed a yurt home office in a semi-urban setting on a tiny lot. My water comes from the sky, contained in a catchment that's not likely to dry in this rain forest. The electric is designed for solar conversion. I grow about 30% of my food organically, compost, and recycle to the hilt. Permaculture with a full eco system is my gardening style.

In fact, gardening is my ultimate joy. I seek gigs like design, weeding and planting between other jobs. My love is Hawai'i which has more climate zones than any state. There are frequent earthquakes here, typically under a 3.0 magnitude, and I happen to dig the vibrations. It's a wonderful simple life in paradise. As I grow older and wiser, I become more and more grateful.


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