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Unexpected Color Combinations and How to Work With Them

August 14, 2015

Unconventional  color combo decorations

Whether you’re planning a wedding, a corporate event, or any other special occasion, chances are someday you’ll encounter a client who requests décor with a unique or unusual color combination. While their request may seen unconventional and leave you unsure of how to proceed, there are certain ways to ensure that the event looks great, even if the colors are non-traditional. Here are our tips on how to work with unexpected color combinations.

Contrasting Shades

Many clients will request their event be done in contrasting, or even clashing, shades. Combinations like black and white, pink and gray, turquoise and brown, and coral and lime are often paired, and the execution is what matters when it comes to pulling it off. If you choose the brightest shades of each color and drench the entire event venue in those contrasting colors, it can appear overwhelming and poorly designed. However, if you use these as accents and keep the décor relatively simple—think table linens one color, the runners a contrasting shade, with neutral dishes—the event can look elegant and classy, no matter the color scheme. It’s all about not overdoing it.

Bright Hues

Combine several colors from the same spectrum

If your client is expressing interest in very bright colors, it’s important that you encourage them to keep things in the same general family or spectrum—for instance, lemon and lime, royal blue and aqua, red and orange. If you do bright shades and vary the colors too much, as in the contrasting shades tip, things can look very overdone. Imagine, for example, a neon pink and bright yellow event. It would be too busy, visually, for people to enjoy the décor. Instead, utilize one or two colors at most, and tone down the other décor, such as the floral arrangements, dishes, and centerpieces.

More Than One Pattern

Handle customer request for color combinations

Some clients truly love bucking the trends of event décor, and will request linen and décor in differing patterns. This is a tricky path to go down, as it can be very difficult to make this look good. Should you choose to accept this mission, however, one main tip should help: Keep the patterns in the same color. For instance, a black and white striped table linen, with a black and white napkin in a different pattern. This helps ensure that the guests understand that the décor was intended to be visually unusual and interesting, and not a mistake in ordering.

How have you dealt with unusual color combination requests from your clients?

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