Monday, October 22, 2012

Picking the Perfect Palette

The Farthing Events office is currently being painted and paint colors have been consuming my thoughts the past few days. Color is an extremely important element in creating a mood not only in our office but also with our events. As Pablo Picasso once said “colors, like features, follow the changes of emotions”. When planning your event it is important to keep in mind that the color palette will eventually translate into the mood of your overall party.
Brides think that they can clump their three favorite colors together and call it a palette. This is not true at all, and in most cases is a recipe for tacky disaster. I know this sounds dramatic but one color can make or break the ambiance of your event.
When choosing your colors there is no specific rule book, but it is important to keep in mind several key elements such as the season of your big day, and the stage you are trying to set for your guests. Dark colors are usually best for winter while pastels are for spring. Keep in mind that floral and food availability will also play a role in the colors chosen for your event.
Instead of going straight to the color swatches it is easier to draw inspiration for your palette by looking through wedding, home décor, or even scrapbook magazines. It doesn’t even have to be wedding oriented, just find a picture that evokes your personal style and taste and pull colors you like and that go together. It is all about the mood and feeling you get from looking at it.
Rule of thumb is that it is usually best to stick to three colors, if you decide to use four or more then use them sparingly. The basic idea of choosing a palette is to find a main color that will be used more boldly and will pop against the accent colors. The accent colors should generally be more neutral and used as a base that is easy to accessorize by using your main color. When working with bright colors, patterns should be simplified because the colors speak for themselves.
We chose to use a dark grey for the office walls. It is neutral and can be accessorized with any color and still look great. Also, grey is supposed to evoke a feeling of calm. Hopefully it works, because it sure can get crazy around here at times!

Your Color Consultant Guru, Miss Molly!

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