How to Choose Your Colors

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So~ what are your wedding colors? Isn’t that one of the first questions you’re asked after people find out your engaged?

As if the answer was that easy... well, maybe it’s an easy answer for some but for many of us~ we need helps!

Enter basic color theory and the indispensable color wheel!

The right color flow~ incredibly important for tying your wedding look together. The unifying, mood altering, harmonizing and interest building effect that color imposes is undeniable {any time you want to chime in designer friends}! I’m fascinated with the color wheel… and love to stare at it! All the combinations~ stemming from the primary colors of blue, red and yellow. Incredible.

Our Graphic Designer Lisa, created this very helpful, basic color theory chart with scheme definitions.  {This is just a snippet, you can download the entire color pdf here.


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I believe that having a good grasp on basic color theory will give you confidence in choosing the right colors to set just the exact the mood you want for your wedding {or living room for that matter}.


So…where do you start?

Perhaps with your favorite color. Then, take it to the wheel! Are you feeling a soothing monochromatic look or maybe one that commands attention, like with a complementary scheme, etc.

What are your wedding colors? How did you choose them?

Learn more about color basics, shades, tints as well as a few fun color palettes for Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.

Download the color pdf

  • Nalie on April 8, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

    Love the color PDF. Great job Lisa!

    I was one of those people who had a hard time figuring out what colors I wanted. I didn’t have a favorite color. I finally got the inspiration from something I saw online. I knew when I saw the color combo that’s what I wanted.

  • Gina on April 8, 2010 @ 3:41 pm

    My colors are blue and red. I used a color wheel to help choose the correct shades!

  • The Perfect Palette on April 12, 2010 @ 12:25 pm

    Great post on color! We’re loving this post!

  • Lindsay on April 13, 2010 @ 7:51 am

    Color can dramatically change the look of your wedding. It can be really fun! Lots of customers at MagnetStreet have discovered the power COLOR has on their invitations. I’ve seen this design: in LOTS of different colors and it changes the whole feel of the invitation. Someone turned the background black and the swirl gold! It was very cool – try it yourself in design studio!

  • [...] Want to set a bold and refreshing tone for your spring, summer, or fall wedding? Consider tangerine and lime. This juicy combo is citrus-y, vibrant, energetic and definitely fun! And being nearly opposites on the color wheel–these contrasting colors complement each other so very, very well. {Learn more about color theory here.} [...]

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