Warm Colors with Neutrals
Warm colors like red, orange, and yellow really stand out, especially if you are going with bright colors or gem tones. When matching warm colors with neutral colors, youâll need to keep in mind that many neutrals arenât strictly neutralâsome are actually warm or cool. For example, navy and gray have a cool tone and brown has a warm tone. In general, warm colors work best with warm neutrals or with white. You can find a warmer tone of white, like ecru or ivory, for a softer look. When pairing with black with neutrals, exercise caution. While black âgoes with everything,â youâll need to consider the connotations of your color scheme. Black and orange can evoke Halloween (which is fine for a Halloween party!), black and red evoke vampires or a gothic motif, and black and yellow will look like a bumblebee. To sum up: the best neutral matches for warm colors are probably brown and white. Try to match the undertone of the neutral color with your warm color for the best effect.
Cool Colors with Neutrals
Blue and purple are your cool tones, and they work best with cool neutrals like gray and navy, and true neutrals like black and white.Â Other colors that are often categorized as cool are pink and green, but they donât offer the flexibility of blue and purpleâimagine a gray tablecloth paired with bright green napkins or navy napkins paired with pink table runners. These combinations wouldnât look terrible, but they wouldnât look great, either. Because even the brightest versions of cool colors will never appear as bright and obvious as warm colors, blues and purples can evoke a more refined, sophisticated feel. They arenât as fun, but party planning usually includes enough fun elements that this wonât matter. You may also want to keep in mind that cool colors can be more flattering as a backdrop when your guests take pictures.
If you really want your tables for events to stand out, use colorful linens exclusively. To tone this look down, try to limit this look to two colors in the same familyâfor example, a goldenrod tablecloth with burgundy runners and napkins can look elegant rather than garish. In general, all warm colors complement each other, but cool colors require more work. For example, green and purple can look ridiculous together if you select the wrong shades, but gorgeous if you are carefulâthink of purple rhododendrons for an example of how well these two colors can complement each other. You might want to consult a party planning professional for more creative color pairings, as they will have a better idea of what will work and what wonât.
In theory, all neutral shades go together, so you wonât need to work much to make them work. If you are planning a classic white tablecloth party, youâll need to worry more about the decor, like flowers or glass chargers, than…