Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Punch it up with color!

We have always been all about color. We also know all the tricks of the trade to get the most impact from your color scheme. We help punch up your palette with lighting, linens, florals, candles, light boxes, lounge furniture, throw pillows, chair covers, sashes... the possibilities are endless. The results are FAB.

But now that you know what we can do with the colors you choose, how will you go about choosing your colors? The colors for your event should express your personality and mood. They are a fun and creative way to communicate your own personal sense of style to your guests.

There are a few different ways to consider how to choose your color scheme. You can stick with your tried and true favorite color as the main statement, and then add complimentary accent colors and neutrals to tie it all together. You can go with more traditional subdued colors such as ivorys and creams, or the always classic black and white. However, for today's trendier, stylish brides, we would like to discuss Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 color trends.

The trend of the moment for weddings is bold bold bold. Think jewel tones, deep and bright. Orange is a stylish color for Fall 09, in vibrant hues from burnt to bright. Mixing in softer peaches with florals and accents is a great way to make this statement color more practical without sacrificing impact. Blue is also fabulous for fall, in cobalt, navy, and royal. Blues with hints of green were bigger in the spring and summer, so the trendy fall blues lean away from green undertones. Blues blending towards purple with accents of deep plums and bright pops of fuchsia are also on trend. For the princess bride in all of us, let's not ignore pinks. Have no fear ladies, this ultimate girly shade is still stylish for of-the-moment nuptials, but steer away from pastels and bubble-gum shades. Hot pinks erring either towards corals and tangerines or towards fuchsias and magentas will grab the attention and admiration of your guests. Bright lemon yellow shades are also a wonderful accent and compliment blues, oranges, and pinks, or are wonderful on their own.

Once you choose a bold on-trend color, we suggest you also choose a "base color." Many brides traditionally choose black, but chocolate brown has become quite popular in the past few years. Rich, deep shades of browns and espressos are a modern way to add style to your color scheme. Browns work well with pretty much any color scheme, and especially with greens, blues, pinks, purples, and oranges. A fresh new base color popping up in stylish weddings is slate grey or gunmetal. This color is an unexpected alternative to black and really works well when paired with deep purples and lilacs, hot pinks and magentas, cobalt blues, vibrant oranges, and my favorite, lemon yellow.

As you can see, color is the number one way to add umph to your wedding. Your guests will associate your colors with your event for years to come, and you will use it as the ultimate form of expression and decor. Get playful by using varying complimentary shades in the same color to mix and match in your linens, florals, and even bridesmaids' dresses! (No need to have all your friends in the same exact hue!) Choose wisely, and most importantly, have fun!

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