2009 COLOUR OF THE YEAR

Wondering what wedding colours are “in” this year? Look no further than the latest home décor mag found at your local Chapters or tune into Fashion TV to see what the models are wearing on the runways of Milan. Home décor and fashion designers set the trends for the wedding colours we choose each season.

2009 brings with it brighter, bolder and much more exotic colours than we’ve seen in years past. Pantone is one of the leading global authorities on colour. They survey the designers of New York Fashion Week to identify the 10 most directional colours each season and in the fall of ’08 declared Mimosa (described as a warm and engaging yellow) as the colour of the year for 2009.

But how do you incorporate bolder colours like Mimosa into your wedding without going overboard? The key is to keep the main things classic. Think of it in terms of staging your living room. The staples such as your sofa, coffee table and armoire should be simple classic pieces that will stand the test of time. Throw pillows, an area rug, a lap blanket - these are all relatively inexpensive details you can bring into a space to reflect the colours of the season without feeling guilty when they’re eventually replaced with next season’s hottest trends.

Adding colour to your wedding should be treated the same way. Your dress, the bridesmaid’s dresses as well as the groom and groomsmen’s attire should be simple and elegant. The last thing you want to do is look back at your wedding and say What the heck was I thinking?? Then bring on the colour in the details. Invitations are the perfect way to introduce your guests to the colours you’ve chosen. Flowers, table overlays, trim on your cake, a signature cocktail and favour boxes tied with bright ribbon are all great places to use that burst of colour.

Photo Credits: The Knot, Project Wedding

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