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Trend Alert: Pops of Color

The Pantone Color of the Year, Living Coral, is helping to bring a fabulous new year of design to life. Subtlety is falling by the wayside as bright, happy shades join coral, ushering in a whole palette of brilliant hues including Mango Mojito, Poppy Red, Iris Blue, and Primrose Yellow. It doesn’t take a lot of these bold beauties, all found in nature, to make a statement. In fact, pops of colors such as these are leading this year’s hottest trends!

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New depths

Looking at emerging movements in 2019 design, event planner and TV personality Colin Cowie anticipates “the return to deep colors like emerald and aubergine, as well as rising popularity for florals including dahlias and ranunculus.” The faded palettes commonly associated with rustic chic and vintage themes are taking their leave for the time being. Drama is in.

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A role for pastels

Emily Sullivan of Emily Sullivan Events expects “to see brighter colors making their way back,” as pops of color mixed with neutral tones. There is still a place for pale colors like champagne, ivory, white, periwinkle and sage, but they will serve as a base for the more intense shades.

As Sandra Santoro of Getting Married in Italy predicts, “Pale pastels will be infused with life in 2019, as brighter colors pop to the forefront of wedding trends.”

Botanical backdrop

A variety of green hues rose to popularity in the last few years, drawing inspiration from nature and feeding on a love of the outdoors. Don’t expect to see green abandoned in 2019. Mary Abu Jaber of The Wedding Haven believes that “we will continue to see different shades of green as it is such a simple color that can be mixed with all sorts of vibrant and bright pinks and oranges.”

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Incorporating color in design

There are many possibilities when working pops of color into design. Consider the elements that contribute to the overall look. A pale linen, muted china and clear crystal can act as the perfect soft foundation for a bold centerpiece or accessories. Think outside of the box – thanks in part to the elevation of Living Coral, oranges and yellows are expected to be in great demand this year.

Of course, you can also reverse the pattern, choose a monochromatic palette for floral design and introduce a striking linen, or, as Amy Abbott of Amy Abbott Events envisions, “runners in deep gem tones like emerald, sapphire and ruby pink velvet pops that cascade to the floor.”


Color found in nature

It would be a mistake to assume that vivid colours must be synthetic or manufactured. Some of the most appealing hues in 2019, in fact, will come straight from nature. Accordingly, Katie Smee of George and Smee sees a resurgence in popularity of brightly colored fruit in table design, including “mini oranges, lime trees, or lemons creating stunning, lush touches.”

If 2019 is any indication, the future is definitely bright. What fun it will be to see how pops of color find their way into this year’s wedding styles.

Kylie Carlson

Founder / CEO, The Wedding and Event Institute

Kylie Carlson is the CEO of the International Academy of Wedding and Event Planning. With six locations globally, the academy boasts an internationally recognized accreditation program that brings professional training to wedding planners, designers and stylists.