Special Events – Finding that perfect color for your event

April 18, 2011

As member of the Special Events team at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, I have recently returned from a very informative and inspirational visit to Phoenix, Arizona for The Special Events conference.  Special Events industry professionals from around the world attended.  As a participant, I participated in all sorts of educational sessions such as Wrap Up the Room With Décor, Four Parties and a Budget, and Creating Opulent Indian Weddings Inspired by the Raj Dynasty.

My favorite session was Color Trends and Inspiration From the Tried and True to the Imagination and Beyond hosted by the Carbotti family.  The presenters emphasized several trends and tips.

Trends for event décor included mixing vintage or antique furniture with modern pieces.  Also, they recommended creating a residential level of comfort at the event which encourages guests to stay longer.

Another trend they mentioned is the use of mirrors for a tabletop.  It’s a great look and reflects the table setting along with the room’s colors.  For a new twist, try using really long tables for dining instead of the usual rounds.  It adds a whole new dimension to the appearance of the space.

They also spoke extensively on the use of color for events.  Some of their ideas included a monochromatic palette with a pop of color, using ambers and reds to compliment candle light, the use of white on white for a luxurious feel, and using lighting that changes throughout the evening to affect the mood or vibe as the night progresses.  Additionally they spotlighted the 2011 PANTONE color of the year, Honeysuckle.  For examples of these trends and more, check out the Perfect Surroundings, Inc. photo gallery here.

So how do you decide on your color palette?

The presenters offered some great resources to make that very important decision.  People are paid a lot of money to come up with color palettes for fashion and merchandise.  That’s the first place you should look for inspiration.  Look at magazine covers, commercials and advertisements, car colors.  You will see all sorts of great color combinations that you probably never thought of.

Another great resource is coulorlovers.com.  This website has the latest color trends and palettes.  Also, check out designscene.net for the latest ad campaigns, magazine covers and more.  Right away you will see the hottest color combinations that can be translated to your event. Lastly, look at paint company websites such as Sherwin Williams.  They also have fabulous color resources.  And of course, they have an app that lets you take a photo of something and find the color match for it right from your phone.

Sharon Nicole Chin

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is the perfect canvas for your next event.  I’ll be happy to help you take these tips and trends and apply them to create a stunning, unique, and memorable event.

Authored By Nancy Lauletta-Bowen

Nancy came to HMNS in 2006. As the Promotions Manager, she is responsible for developing and executing museum events such as VIP Nites, Big Bite Nite, Snow Flurry and more. Additionally she partners with local businesses and organizations to cross-promote or sponsor these events. Her interests include traveling, fashion, indie music, and her dog, Wyatt.

2 responses to “Special Events – Finding that perfect color for your event”

  1. Kevin says:

    Some of my favourite receptions have been held in HMNS, no wonder they were so fantastic!

  2. Brian says:

    Thank you for the very informative blog.

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