When there are so many beautiful colours and colour combos that exist, how do you choose your own wedding colour scheme?
Selecting a wedding colour theme or colour palette should be one of the first tasks you tackle when planning your special day. This is because that decision influences many aspects of your wedding from flowers to bridesmaid dresses to décor.
So how do you choose a wedding colour scheme ? In this post I suggest 3 creative ways:
Search for Wedding Colour Ideas on Pinterest
The first recommendation which is likely the most popular way to choose a wedding colour scheme is to use Pinterest.
Pinterest is populated with many ideas for wedding colour palettes. You can do a search on colour trends, colour palettes, or colour schemes, and you’ll find tons of suggestions.
However, I personally find this can get overwhelming as there are so many ideas out there for future brides or wedding couples. If you find that to be the case, then read on for a more personalised approach to picking your wedding colour theme.
USE A COLOUR WHEEL when you choose a wedding colour scheme
The second recommendation is to refer to a colour wheel. This is particularly useful if you already have a favourite colour or base colour in mind.
A colour wheel shows you how colours relate to each other. So when you consult the colour wheel, you are able to see which colours go well together.
Tip: For a more stylish colour palette, stick to 2 (no more than 3) colours from the colour wheel.
What Colours Work Well Together
1. Colours that appear immediately next to each other in the colour sequence (analogous colours) go well together.
What does this mean? Let’s say if your bridesmaids’ dresses are going to be pink, then the colours of your wedding flowers could be pink with shades of purple. Or if you prefer a more summery vibe, then you could mix pink with orange or peach.
Analogous colours tend to blend together really well.
2. Colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel (complementary colours) make striking colour combinations.
For example, red and green, blue and orange or purple and yellow.
Complementary colours tend to stand out and create a contrasting effect. These colours literally “pop” when placed against each other.
Adding a Third Colour to your wedding colour scheme
When adding a third colour, you can choose either a:
1. Neutral colour
When adding a third colour to your analogous or complementary colour combination, choose a neutral colour such as white, ivory, green or grey.
2. Metallic accent
Ok… this is technically not a colour in the colour wheel. But incorporating a hint of metallic detail adds sparkle to your overall wedding aesthetic. For example, gold and brass accents inject a warm feel to any colour palette whereas silver accents are more subtle due to their ‘cool’ nature.
Other Things to Consider when you choose a wedding colour scheme
The colour wheel can also be divided into warm and cool colours.
Warm colours include shades of red, orange and yellow. They evoke a feeling of sunshine and energy.
If you want your wedding style to reflect your eclectic lively personality, why not go for bold cheery colours?
On the other hand cool colours are colours with blue undertones and include shades of blue and green. These colours bring out a feeling of calm, relaxation and serenity.
Wedding styles that incorporate cool colours tend to exude a sense of understated elegance.
Colour Tonal Intensity
For the most cohesive effect, consider combining colours with similar tonal intensity.
This approach can also be influenced by the season in which you’re getting married.
For instance, pastel tones are primarily bright, soft colours because they contain a lot of white. Therefore they project a soft, light impression and make very popular combinations for a spring or summer wedding.
Jewel tones on the other hand are tones that contain a lot of black and provide a feeling of lushness and formality. They are popular for conveying a feeling of autumn or winter.
As a result these colour combinations are more common for weddings in fall or winter.
Use Canva or a fun colour generator like Coolors
My third recommendation on how you can choose your wedding colour scheme is to generate a colour theme from your favourite pic, using a really simple interface on your desktop such as Canva .
Canva.com is a graphic design platform that allows user to create a whole range of visual content. One of the features they offer is a colour palette generator.
All you need to do is upload your image and Canva will generate a colour palette from the colours in your image. You can then use this colour palette as a reference for your wedding colour scheme. Super easy.
On the other hand, you might like to try a colour generator such as ColorSpace or Coolors.
Like Canva, Coolors also allows you to create a colour palette from your uploaded photos.
However the fun begins when you use Coolors to automatically generate an endless number of colour combinations for you.
It’s a simple interface to use and if you are not happy with the suggested combination, simply tap or click to start over. While it’s free to use on the desktop, you’ll have to pay for the Apple App.
So...What if you only want one colour in your wedding colour scheme?
A monochromatic colour scheme is one which is based on one colour. What this means is that you use one base colour plus any number of variations of that colour.
Would it be boring? No, not necessarily.
A monochromatic colour scheme is great, particularly when you’re a DIY bride who doesn’t want the stress of working out the right mix of multiple colours in the chosen colour palette.
Interest is created by using different textures, shapes and sizes of the flowers and leaves!
But if you’re engaging a floral designer, they will work out the right balance of colours for you.
Additional Inspiration for choosing a wedding colour scheme
Colour Schemes Inspired by Nature
Nature is a great source of inspiration. You can study unusual colour combinations by observing colours in nature.
Keep an open mind – the combos you find can be unexpected yet pleasing.
Colour Schemes Inspired by Architecture, Interior Design and Fashion
Look at colour combinations used by architects, interior designers and fashion designers to inspire your wedding colours.
And the fun part is you don’t have to refer to another bride’s wedding as your point of reference when picking your own colour theme.
You can find colour inspiration all around you.
At the end of the day there is really no right or wrong when choosing a colour scheme for your wedding.
Pick the colours you love and trust your instincts. Good luck!