Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Event Design | Choosing Your Colors

After you've surveyed your venue's design elements, it's time to start narrowing your color choices. Unless you have access to a Pantone book, linen samples, or beautiful paper samples, the easiest way to play with color (for absolutely free!) is to head to your nearest paint department (visit Lowe's, The Home Depot, etc.) and start pulling various shades of your favorite paint swatches. Using these small chips of color will help you visualize the perfect shade of pink you're looking for in a bridesmaid dress, for example.

I don't know who made the rule of only using two wedding colors, but they were terribly wrong! My favorite way to design an event is to find two or three base colors, like green and purple above, but then use various shades of the same color. So instead of just eggplant and stem green, we mixed in lilac and loden green for a fabulous combination. This will help form your color palette and when a flower doesn't come in the exact shade of purple you're looking for, no worries, because it flows with the overall look. Using different shades of the same color adds visual interest and doesn't make your event design look too matchy-matchy.

[color samples via BBJ Linen]

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