Picking a strong color scheme for an event is one of those event planning challenges that is frequently underrated in its importance. Even if you’re planning a company-focused event, eventually people just get sick of seeing the same brand colors over and over.
As you launch into your summer events for the year, here are a few ideas for fresh color palettes that will help make your event pop. And don’t forget to be consistent: use the same scheme for the event, for the invitations, and even the website. A great color scheme not only contributes majorly to the ambience of an event, it also has visual impact when you want to share event photos and videos afterward.
Here are 10 summer event color palettes for the season!
Wildflowers & Tea
The ultimate color scheme for a civilized tea party, play up golden yellows, pastel blues and pinks, and grassy greens for an event that evokes the gifts of summer.
Take your classic style to the beach with sandy neutrals mixed with a splash of eye-catching red. This works especially well for evening parties.
Take advantage of the DIY-ability of the shabby chic/rustic chic movement! Mix naturals (found in materials like jute, twine, natural linen) with woody browns to get a warm and inviting rustic feel.
Lemons & Limes
Bright yellows and yellow-greens are an energizing pairing that suit evening and day events to a T. Best for up-tempo events.
Want the magic of the Gatsby era at your evening outdoor celebration? Opt for white-natural backdrops (for example, a flowing tent) with warm-white or gold string lights, and minor accents of deep gold and deep red jeweled décor.
To get the festival feel at your event, combine neon pinks, greens, blues and yellows (for example, hanging streamers) with a bit of plain old white and bohemian lace. Especially fitting for events held outside in a grassy space.
Sex on the Beach
Another beachy classic, a palette of soft teal, pale or bright blue, orangey-red and sandy naturals can make a great backdrop for an outdoor soiree. Teal and red hanging lanterns just might seal the deal.
Island colors of deep orange and rich greens work well with plain white to provide a chilled-out, I’m-on-vacation ambience. Atmospheric in the day or night.
To make your guests feel like they’re partying on a boat—even if they’re not—go for a high-contrast palette of navy blue, clean white and deep gold. Mix with rope and jute accents to get more of that “nautical” feel.
Morroccan colors are extra-saturated due to the extreme importance of gorgeous lamps and lanterns. Go for deep reds, purples, teals, metallic gold and brass. Lanterns and warm-white string lights (twinkly, not globes) can also bring a bit of the casbah into your venue.
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