Last week we shared some flowers that matched Pantone’s Spring Color Report and we are beyond excited to show you how to incorporate those vibrant tones into your wedding, party, or event. To start, it is best to realize that color can influence every aspect of your event from the look and feel to the energy and atmosphere. And sometimes too much color does more harm than good, so you should really begin by establishing a well-balanced plan. Here at the Studio we ask ourselves a few preliminary questions; what kind of statement are we trying to make? How do we want our guests to feel? And what do we want them to remember about the event? Once we have answers to these questions, then we have a better feel as to which direction we’re going to head when it comes to design and color.

This past weekend we had the honor of designing the Heart & Stroke Ball for the American Heart Association, which was held in the Grand Ballroom at Bartle Hall. This event is a great example of how to use color in an innovative way. The invitation featured bold lines and beautiful colors, so we wanted to build on those concepts in order to create an intimate yet memorable setting for guests.

Our color palette for the evening was primarily orange, yellow, and blue with touches of red, pink, peach, and white. Blending the centerpieces with white hydrangeas, peach lilies, red and pink roses, and bright yellow tulips created a delicate warm palette for the flowers and the addition of sculpture pieces made out of white wire created a bit of drama.

Lighting is often a large component when it comes to setting the ambiance of an event. So for the Heart & Stroke Ball, we added in low blue lighting to help soften up the room. To play with the lighting, and to help draw the guests’ eye towards the ceiling, we hung graphic prints that matched the stage backdrop which created interesting visuals and layered in another dimension to the space.

All in all, this was a fun, creative way to mix a lot of colors into one event. We very much enjoyed working with our friends at the American Heart Association to deliver a memorable night for their supporters and we look forward to raising the bar next year.