When you brainstorm color schemes and wedding décor, keep in mind that there are certain tricks to coordinating a wonderful and cohesive palette that fits your aesthetic, pleases every eye and stands the test of time. Here are 6 common color misconceptions and style mistakes to avoid when selecting your wedding color palette.
Mistake: Limiting Yourself to Only Two Distinct Colors
The Fix: Break Rule #1
The strict two color palette rule is so old school. Many gorgeous weddings have a variety of colors—sometimes up to five—that work together. Try a summery theme inspired by the many shades of hydrangeas, including sapphire and sky blue paired with white and gray, finished off with a few pops of sunny yellow to make it feel light and bright. A palette with more than three or four colors can also help you create a specific scene.
Mistake: Choosing Trendy Colors
The Fix: Avoid Fads
It's easy to get carried away with ideas you see in other weddings, or on Pinterest and Instagram. Your palette should be one that you won't mind living with for a long time, since you'll be framing photos and filling albums with those colors. Think about the colors and patterns you surround yourself with daily. Ask yourself: What colors make you happy? What color is your favorite room or sweater? The simplest meaningful objects, like a scarf or even a pillow, inspired some of the prettiest weddings we've seen.
Mistake: Overdoing One Hue
The Fix: Balance Bright Colors
One of the biggest pitfalls in color selection is not considering the eye's need for rest. Before you go any further in your planning, decide which hue will take center stage—this choice will affect your decisions from linens to lighting. Thoughtfully balancing your colors is the key to making even the most crazy combinations look chic and sophisticated. Another option: Pick a few shades that are in between colors, like coral instead of bright orange and plum instead of amethyst.
Mistake: Ignoring Texture
The Fix: Broaden Your Definition of Matching
Two colors that go together may not look right when put side by side if they're different textures. A burlap table runner with red satin linens doesn't work as well as wood planters on maroon cotton tablecloths, even though the colors are similar. Patterns like stripes or florals can help break up bold colors, so a hue like bright yellow or black doesn’t overwhelm your tables.
Mistake: Ignoring Your Venue Colors
The Fix: Prioritize Either Colors or Venue
It helps to have a color scheme in mind while you look at details like the wall coverings, art and carpeting. The other way to approach it is to keep your color options open until you find a venue you love. Think about what hues you may want to use, and whether you’d want to prioritize finding the perfect venue or having your perfect palette.
Mistake: Trying to Color-Match the Flowers
The Fix: Don't Force It
Instead of insisting your floral bouquets and centerpieces match, ask your florist to choose complementary neutral blooms that will soften (not compete with) the color scheme. Then let your nonfloral elements, like the centerpiece vases and bouquet ribbon wraps, show off your color. If you love blue, keep in mind very few flowers are blue naturally, and the ones that are, including hydrangeas, are extremely seasonal.
Mistake: Relying on Your Bridesmaids to Pull Off the Themed Color
The Fix: Pair Complementary Neutrals With Accessories
When it comes to your bridal party, choose the most flattering color in your palette—look to neutrals if you're at all unsure. Have your bridesmaids rock that color with shoes, jewelry, floral accents or a fun manicure. Universally flattering colors like eggplant, navy, blush, ivory or black are usually your best bet for their dresses.