When adding colour into a scheme my motto is less is more.
Whether I’m designing a bouquet or floral piece, styling my photographs, or, decorating my home I always start with a neutral background. Then I add colour in key areas. Using this method means I don’t end up with a finished product or scheme that is too busy or overloaded.
The trick is to be subtle, use colour like you would add accessories to an outfit, you might wear a black dress and add jewellery, scarves, belts, shoes and bags in a contrasting colour, a mix of tones of a contrasting colour, or, a mix of patterns of a contrasting colour.
If you use containers for your floral arrangements in your chosen colour place cream or white flowers in them to create impact or vice versa, use flowers in your chosen colour and choose plain glass or neutral containers. Alternatively, instead of trying to select flowers in this very distinctive colour, use ribbon or the addition of small pieces incorporated to tie the colour in.
Or, choose an heirloom bouquet from Posy Rosy and have your own colour palette woven into the design. This bouquet is Periwinkle, so not quite Tiffany blue but it shows how with the use of different shades and patterns of fabric you can tie your flowers into your colour theme and achieve something totally unique, the added bonus is that you are not relying on finding flowers that are in season.
Apply the same rule of thumb when decorating your wedding venue. Cover tables in neutral linens, cream or white and add splashes of colour with the crockery, napkins, place name tags and favours. These are some of my ideas gathered from around the web of items that would add those Tiffany blue touches without crowding the scene.
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- Lace print tags to use as place names Sweetly Scrapped Art on Etsy
- Picture frame in Tiffany blue – to diy collect old frames or buy frames from bargain shops and paint in your colour, if using fancy frames like this one, touch up the scrolls with silver or gilt paint. Choose a print frame (The Graphics Fairy is one of my favourites for free downloadable graphics) and add your table number. Alternatively collect a range of photos of the bride and groom through the years, or people who can’t be at the wedding and frame those instead to decorate your wedding tables. Picture frame found on The Decorated House
- Little boxes of tissues are a nice touch on the table for those emotional moments when the speeches get going Wedding Ideas
- Wedding card birdcage for posting Lilo Designs
- Aqua and white china place setting idea found on Warren Grove Garden, if you are using white crockery provided by the venue add coloured napkins in your chosen colour, a nice way to lay this simply is to place the main plate at the bottom, then your napkin and then your side plate on top with your place name or favour in the centre of the side plate creating layers of colour.
- Sweet table found on Aileen Tran, If providing sweet treats colour co-ordinate the sweets or use plain white like these here in clear glass containers and add colour with name tags and ribbon.
- Tiffany blue glass vase and cream floral centrepiece Wedding by Colour
Would love to know if you’ve found these tips helpful, or, if you have any of your own you would like to share with my readers – please feel free to pop your comments in the box below