How To Use The Colour Wheel To Choose Your Wedding Colours

Choosing your wedding colours can be a daunting task.  Will the bridesmaids look good in that colour?  What decorations can I find to match the colour scheme?  Will the reception site have matching napkins, table runners or table skirting?  These are all factors in deciding your wedding colours, but mostly, will it be something you will love on your wedding day?

Using a colour wheel will help you decide what colours go together, and may give you ideas for wedding colours that you had not yet thought of.  In this colour wheel, you will see there are a variety of shades to each colour.  In truth, there can be many colour wheels—wheels with pastel colours, wheels with bright colours, wheels with muted grey undertones, the possibilities are endless.  In addition to the colour wheel, there are also the neutral colours of white, black and brown.  Neutral colours go with any other colour choice, and give the eye a rest from constant colour.  The more neutral colours, the more soothing a colour scheme.

Tonal colours, sometimes called monochromatic colours, are various shades of one particular colour.  This is a beautiful colour scheme, and easy to incorporate into a wedding.  Bridesmaids can have various shades of colour for their dresses, for example.  If you are using a tonal colour scheme, if the reception room does not have a perfect match to your wedding colour, as long as it is in the same colour family, it will work.

Harmonious colours are those colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel.  Usually two or three colours are chosen that are next to each other on the wheel, and this creates a harmonious look to your wedding decor.  Blues and purples, or yellow-orange-reds are two examples.  A harmonious colour scheme will work with any neutral, and also work if you had some tonal shades included.  The possibilities are quite endless, and really depends upon your personal sense of style.

A complementary colour scheme is two colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel.  Purple-yellow, red-green, or blue-orange are some examples.  If you wanted more than two colours, you could add small accents of harmonious or tonal colours to the complementary colour scheme, but it is important to let the two colours hold centre stage in your decorating scheme.  An alternative to adding harmonious or tonal colours would be using a neutral colour like white, black or brown.

A triadic colour scheme is using three colours that are the same distance apart on the colour wheel.  For example, two colours over from purple on one side is blue, and two colours on the other side of purple is red.  Or you can go three or even 4 colours on each side of your starting colour.  The triadic colour scheme is quite bold, and usually for a wedding is used in conjunction with a strong neutral colour like white.  An example would be a decor with various shades of white (tonal) with splashes of your triadic colours.  If you wanted a bolder statement, you would just add more splashes of colour in your decor.

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