Whilst tidying my room at home a while back I found one of my old childrens books. And now in the past week whilst thinking about colour it sprang to mind. The first Miffy book was made in 1955 and to this day they still have an interesting colour combination. Bruna uses a lot of muted greens and blues fo his bakgrounds to make then fade into the background and creat distance. Whilst using brighter oranges and yellows to make things stand out.
However I find the way he reverses this quite interesting, using complementary colours to make them seem brighter.