Step by Step Guide to your Wedding Color Concept
The foundation for every wedding decoration concept are the colors. They influence us and our lives in many ways. The colors we choose for our home and those we wear in our clothing do not only tell a lot about us. Colors also influence our mood and well-being and play a significant role in creating the atmosphere and mood of a wedding.
The first step of our work mostly consists of developing a coherent color concept together with the couple, in order to be able to build the details and decoration upon that.
When bridal couples come to us, they often only have a vague vision of their wedding colors, if any. Mostly they get inspired by color concepts that they have seen at other weddings or use their favorite colors (which is basically a good start). On the other hand we often receive questions of clients, who choose decoration elements from our online boutique and want to learn which colors fit together.
If you’re not working with colors on the daily, it can be difficult to assemble a consistent color palette. To not leave you in the dark, we have created a guide on picking and matching the perfect (wedding)colors.
The color concept
The color concept usually consists of three to five colors. Among those are the main color, second color, accent colors and neutrals. All of them should be matched with one another, so that in the end it creates a harmonious picture. You can achieve that by picking colors from related families. Or nuances of the same tone. Every color has its very own characteristics and not only the tone itself is important, the saturation and temperature should also be considered.
Those clients, who have difficulties thinking in color concepts, we like to ask a few questions in the beginning, like:
“Which color is dominating your wardrobe?”
“Which colors can be found in our home?”
“What is your favorite color?”
Often those impulses already help get the process of thinking in colors started. What also helps is thinking about what the adjectives you’d use to describe your dream wedding. Is it elegant? Modern and minimal? Relaxed and rustic or glamorous and lush? You wouldn’t want your minimal wedding to come in wild color combinations, would you?
Also think about the season your wedding is celebrated. Sometimes, this will give you inspiration and ideas on what you want your color concept to look like. Spring is associated with blossoms, mild weather, gentleness and freshness. The summertime brings joy, energy and bright colors, while fall comes with neutral colors and a warm atmosphere. The winter has connotations like simple, cool and minimal.
The main color
The main or base color will be found in all the bigger details of the wedding decoration. That is the reason why it’s dominating the whole look. Because of this fact, it can be the most difficult step to choose this color. The decision becomes easier if you think about the bridesmaids dresses. Those dresses almost always come in the wedding’s main color. So you want to ask yourself “Which color would you like to see your girlfriends in on your wedding day?”.
The location, which almost always is decided on first, can also be a good guideline. The color design of the rooms might already dictate certain colors. But you might also have a special wedding theme in mind. That can also influence the decision for a main color since certain themes call for characteristic colors.
There are no limits to your imagination. Maybe you even choose your favorite color as your base tone.
The second color
After having decided on a main color, the decision for a second one should come easier. Being seen in the smaller details of the wedding, the second color is less dominant. It’s best to think of the second color in combination to the base one since they really are a pair. If you think about them together, you will quickly see if they are a good match.
When choosing the second color there are two more aspects you want to keep in mind:
- Are there any seasonal colors you like especially?
- Which flowers are in bloom at the time of your wedding?
Because the second color will be found in small details like the bridesmaids bouquets, it’s a good advice to choose a color that can be found in nature during the season of your wedding.
Generally it always looks harmonious if the second color is a nuance of the base color. If you chose a rather bright base color, you want to go for a more muted one for your second color. Colors that match perfectly are opposite another in the color wheel. One side of the circle is home to the cool tones, while the other one has all the warm colors. Complimentary colors always work well together. Such being blue and orange or turqouise and coral. But colors that are next to each other work, too, since they share the same primary color like sun yellow, orange and blush or fuchsia.
The neutral colors
Every color scheme needs at least one neutral tone. Those being creme, brown, grey, white and black.
The prevailing neutral color is chosen according to the groom’s and groomsmen’s suits. Those usually come in black, brown, grey or navy. The neutral colors will later find their way into the stationary and other tiny details, that’s why it’s important to integrate them into the color palette. Here you should also pay attention on the main and second color matching the neutrals. A good guideline is the color temperature for example.
Cold colors like grey and black can be combined with blues beautifully while browns work better with warm colors.
A neutral color that can’t be missed in a wedding is of course white. But that also comes in a variety of tones. Most people don’t even think to incorporate white into their color concept though. But actually exactly that makes a lot of sense since white will be seen everywhere in your wedding. In the wedding dress for example, which isn’t such a minor detail at all 😉 Not to forget about the tablecloths.
Luckily most whites go with most other colors. The main shades of white are brilliant white, ivory and champagne. To differentiate between those is rather important since you want to avoid having an ivory dress and stark white details. And just by following this thought you can choose your white. Ask yourself “Which color is your wedding dress (or will it be)?”, that’s your white that will be the same from your dress to the details to the shirts of the groomsmen.
The accent color focusses on the metals. Cutlery, candlesticks and jewelry mostly come in metallic tones which calls for incorporating that color into the scheme as well. Of course you can choose from the classics like gold and silver, but trendy rose gold, bronze or copper are also possible. It’s not mandatory that you choose the same color like your wedding bands but mixing metals on a table are often a bit awkward and not really chic. Decide on one color and then stick with it from candleholders to table numbers. This way you make sure you create a consistent style.
Furthermore the metallics should match with the neutrals. Not every nuance works with every other one. Grey for example doesn’t look so well with gold, silver does. Brown on the other hand looks amazing with golds and coppers.
As we already said, colors influence not only our mood, but also our lives as a whole and how others perceive us. With the knowledge on color theory or color psychology, you can affect the way things appear. A quick rundown on the most popular colors will help you out.
White, for example, is pure, clean, fresh and innocent. So if you add white as your neutral color, you will get a cleaner and fresher look but also enhance the bright colors even more.
Grey appears graceful, intelligent and reliable, while brown tones appear friendly, comforting and earthy. Due to the high percentage of yellow and red mixed with black, browns are usually warm and soft.
Compassion, gentleness, optimism and affection are all connected to pink. These attributes really match a wedding so different nuances of pink are often found somewhere in a wedding color concept.
Blue is soothing, calming and healing. It also appears loyal, tranquil and patient. The complementary color to blue is yellow. This color seems creative, warm, happy and optimistic.
Other complementary colors are red and green. Red is said to be the color of love, strength and ambition. Green is balancing, kind, fresh and giving.
Do you need more inspiration? Follow us on Pinterest. You can find a a wide collections of boards dedicated to different wedding colors, color palettes and themes.
Maybe you need more help in finding your wedding colors and designing a consistent wedding design? Please feel free to contact us and schedule a FREE 30 min consultancy call.
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