Strangely, the question I get asked most about weddings is: “What colors are popular this year?”
I always hesitate to answer with just one color, because on any given Saturday, I might do three or four weddings all with a different color scheme. However, one trend I am seeing is a difference in ‘base color’.
For many years, black and white were the two most dominant base colors, or shades in this case. Then a few years ago, there was a shift to brown and ivory. This natural change in trends showcased the rest of the spectrum of colors in a softer less dramatic way.
This year, I have noticed the trend for a base color swinging towards Navy. Navy gives the clean crisp feel that black does, but with a bit of brightness that makes the colors it is coupled with more opulent and intense. What is great about Navy is that it is a natural pairing for a wide variety of colors. Imagine Navy and Tiffany for an elegant evening wedding, or Navy and Poppy gold for a crisp nautical bridesmaid’s luncheon.
Depending on the shade of pink, from pastel through fuchsia, you can generate all different sorts of ambiance.
A few words of caution when using navy;
· It can look like a sports teams colors
o Instead of just adding orange, use shades of orange, peach and rust for a less traditional fall feel
· It can look very military
o Use silver instead of gold if this is a concern
o Add a pastel pink, celadon or ivory with gold as a lighter twist
· It can look patriotic
o Use multiple shades of reds and burgundy to the floral design instead of one shade of red
· It can have Christmas undertones
· Use the right shade of navy so it doesn’t look ‘muddy’
I only add the words of caution so that you won’t fall into any of these occasions, but there are so many ways to make it a cheerful option to the traditional black.
Some of my favorite colors to use with Navy are Lime, Tiffany, Ocean, any shade of pink, and amethyst.