Choosing colour combinations for wedding stationery

Most wedding stationers offer their designs in a range of colour schemes. The majority of The Leaf Press’s designs are based on two colours, which customers can choose from the wedding stationery colours chart. If you’ve decided on one wedding colour but are unsure about what colour or colours to combine it with, this part of the guide aims to give you ideas for choosing colour combinations for wedding stationery.

The colour wheel

A colour wheel shows each colour’s relationship to other colours. Basic colour theory can be useful when thinking of wedding colour combinations. Further information on colour theory can be found at http://www.colormatters.com/color-and-design/basic-color-theory or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_theory

The following is a very basic guide:

Warm/cool colours

Broadly speaking, the half of the colour wheel from green/yellow to red/purple are said to be warm colours. The other half – from purple/blue to turquoise/green are said to be cool colours. Warm colours are considered to appear prominent, whereas cool colours recede. Obviously this depends on the environment and strength of colour.

colour-wheel

Adjacent colours

Colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel are said to harmonise well and so look aesthetically pleasing.

colour-wheel-adjacent-colours

Complementary colours

Colours which are opposite each other on the colour wheel look at their most vibrant when placed next to each other. This is worth bearing in mind if you’re looking for a striking colour combination.

colour-wheel-complementary-colours

Tints and shades

If you only want one main colour, you can still create a colour combination by using a tint or shade of that colour. A tint is created by darkening the colour and a shade by adding white to it. The following picture shows different colours with lighter versions created by adding white.

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Neutral shades

If you only have one wedding colour, or if you want one colour to dominate, then having a second neutral shade can help achieve this.

Neutral shades include grey (including silver), beige, taupe, ivory or cream or a very pale pastel colour. Black and white are also neutral and will form a more striking contrast.

neutral-colours

I hope the above has helped. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to use the contact form.

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