When choosing your wedding colours, you have a number of options: the harmonious colour scheme, the tonal colour scheme, the complementary colour scheme and the triadic colour scheme. To understand how to use colours properly, you must consider not just colours, but your neutrals as well. The neutral colours are white, black, and brown, in all their various shades.
The harmonious colour scheme refers to choosing colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel. One example would be yellow, orange, and red, which is often seen in a fall wedding theme. Blue, green and purple are also harmonious colours in nature. Sometimes with a harmonious colour scheme, there are various “shades” of blue and purple, with accents of green. Think of a bridal bouquet with various blue and purple flowers, and the accent of the greenery to get an idea of what it would look like.
You can also have combinations like purple-red-orange, or yellow-green-blue, in a variety of shades to create a harmonious colour scheme. Also, it is not necessary to use all three colours, it works just as well to use two colours next to each other on the colour wheel.
When creating a harmonious wedding colour scheme, it is important to keep the colour tones the same. For example, if you are using soft colours, keep them all soft. If you are using bold colours, keep them all bold. Although you can go with various shades of one or two colours, you want to keep the overall tone within a small range of colour. A pale pastel yellow next to bright orange would not work as well as matching bold yellow and bold orange—as show in this bouquet of orange roses and yellow calla lilies.
Alway remember that your harmonious colours can be paired with any of the neutral colours. Harmonious colours work gently together to give you an overall beauty to your wedding decor–whether you choose a bold colour tone, or a soft colour tone.