10 New Color Combos You'll Love

With so many distinctive shades to choose from, deciding on the perfect palette can be a bit overwhelming. Get inspired by our favorite new duos that really will work.
  1. Emerald and Melon

    Emerald and melon wedding colors
    Photo by Top: Ashley Sewell Photography; Bottom: Samuel Lippke Studios

    Pairing a rich hue like emerald with something softer ensures both colors have their moment without forcing them to compete. Melon gives depth and balance to the rich jewel tone, making this palette work in any season.

    How To Do It: If you're after a more elegant celebration, play up the emerald. Start by using a rich ink or bold pattern in your invitations. Ask your bridesmaids to wear the color as well (bonus: jewel tones look good on virtually everyone) and incorporate it into small details throughout the reception, like the linen of your cake table or your bouquet wrap. Accent with the melon (think: escort cards, Juliet garden roses and apricot petit fours). Keeping things more casual? Highlight the melon. Offer up a melon spritzer for your signature sip or incorporate the color into your cake design. You can also play with varying shades of the hue, like adding a terra-cotta into the mix (perfect for a garden celebration). Accentuate emerald in your arrangements—hello, garlands!—and in other small details, like custom coasters, aisle decorations and favor packaging.

  2. Lilac and Dusty Blue

    Lilac and dusty blue wedding colors
    Photo by Clockwise from top left: Julie Wilhite Photography; Werth Photography; Heather Payne Photography; Paul Francis Photography

    Cool colors like purple and blue are good for creating a calm and relaxed feel. Lilac and dusty blue give off a romantic vibe and pair perfectly with neutrals or metallics.

    How To Do It: This color palette is dreamy and romantic but totally refined. Make it feel formal by accenting with a metallic like silver in winter or gold in spring. Stick to light purple for your flowers—few varietals come in blue—and incorporate the dusty hue into other details, like an aisle runner, patterned china and table linens. Bridesmaids will look great in either color and because the hues are complementary, you could even mix and match the dresses. Planning an outdoor wedding? Consider adding a third color. Instead of a neutral or metallic, try a soft green (imagine seeded eucalyptus garlands or olive branches), which will already be present in your setting. Let lilac and dusty blue show up in big and small ways: gorgeous wedding invitations, a ceremony arch of big hydrangeas and custom favor packaging.

  3. Fuchsia and Poppy

    Fuchsia and poppy wedding colors
    Photo by Clockwise from top left: Kate McElwee Photography; Melanie Duerkopp; Mel Barlow & Co.; Mustard Seed Photography; Ron Soliman

    While this may not be an obvious color pairing, these two complementary hues work so well together—trust us. It's a happy combo that's perfect for a late-spring or summer celebration. The best part? This pairing has a wide variety of floral choices, no matter the season.

    How To Do It: You can dress this edgy duo up as much as you like, or keep it casual and garden fresh. For something more sophisticated, play up both colors equally, especially in your floral choices, and include a neutral such as ivory or taupe to help soften the bold shades. Try fuchsia taper candles on the tabletop, or accent it with poppy escort cards and napkins. If you want your wedding to feel more playful, incorporate a pattern like black-and-white stripes or a gray ikat design. A motif can also combat any fears of the combo leaning too feminine. Celebrating outdoors? Take a cue from nature and incorporate fresh fruit like pomegranates or strawberries into arrangements or as an escort card display. Add touches of the colors in your attire, like in a flower crown or bold pocket square, and in stylish details such as a berry bubbly bar with pink champagne. Opt for a multi-tier naked red velvet cake with fresh fuchsia peonies for the pièce de résistance.

  4. Marsala and Midnight

    Marsala and midnight wedding colors
    Photo by Clockwise from top left: Red Shoes Photography; Hello Love Photography; Hudson Nichols Photography; Ashley Garmon Photographers

    This moody mix of wine and navy is well suited for an elegant evening celebration or a winter wedding. Both colors evoke richness and pair beautifully with a gold or silver metallic.

    How To Do It: Decide which color you want to lead the palette and which will be your accent—both colors are strong, and work equally well for a formal or casual celebration. Regardless of your leading hue, you'll want to stick to Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year, marsala, for your florals since few varieties come in blue. Consider offering a cocktail with a fruit garnish (blackberry or figs) for your signature sip. Midnight is a classic choice for apparel, invitations and small details like custom matchboxes or welcome bags. Try a marsala runner on wood tables or lighten the palette in warmer months with a taupe linen.

  5. Canary and Artichoke

    Canary and artichoke wedding colors
    Photo by Clockwise from top left: Christa Kimble Photography; Tara Welch Photography; Laura Ivanova

    Shades of yellow evoke pure cheer, while green can create a variety of moods. Both shades can stand on their own, but together they're a winning combo for warm-weather affairs—especially outdoor parties and casual celebrations.

    How To Do It: Start with the most natural elements: flowers and greenery. Vines, amaranthus and succulents will give your bouquet and centerpieces a verdant look. Canary garden roses, freesia, snapdragons and ranunculus will create a soft and feminine feel. If you're keeping things low-key or entertaining guests outdoors, play up the yellow in your palette. Place vibrant lounge furniture adjacent to your dance floor, serve a spiked thyme lemonade or create a photo booth backdrop of hanging ribbons in this happy hue. Looking for something more regal? Mix in a third color, like a soft ivory. Use the neutral as your foundation and highlight the other hues in details like your stationery (cool vintage stamps or envelopes count), sugar flowers on your cake, patterned napkins or the design of your custom guest book.

  6. Sage and Peony

    Sage and peony wedding colors
    Photo by Clockwise from top left: Heather Waraksa; Aaron and Jillian Photography; Casual Candids Photography; Laura Murray Photography; Aaron and Jillian Photography

    If you're a romantic at heart, this palette is for you. Soft pink can masquerade as a neutral or stand on its own with the addition of sage green. Craving a metallic? A chic rose gold would be the perfect choice (but silver and gold work too).

    How To Do It: If you want a more feminine celebration, emphasize the pink. Worried it might be too dainty for your groom? Let sage be your primary color and make peony an accent hue. Florals will be a home run either way—both shades have a wide variety of choices. Blend the palette into expected (bridal party attire, your signature cocktail, a cake topper and stationery) and totally unexpected (a heart-shaped piñata, a color-coordinated ice cream bar, lawn games and oversize balloons) details.

  7. Eggplant and Black

    Eggplant and black wedding colors
    Photo by Clockwise from top left: Anthony Vazquez Photography; Lisa Hubbard; The Youngrens; Drew Noel Photography

    Purple is one of the most popular colors for weddings—eggplant is a chic take on the hue. Teamed with black, it makes for a stylish and polished look. Add a metallic or incorporate lighter shades of these two hues in the details.

    How To Do It: If you're worried this rich combo will be too dark for a wedding, anchor your palette in eggplant and accent with black. This is especially easy to accomplish if you're hosting a black-tie affair. Black and ecru invitations, black bow ties, elegant deep purple calla lilies and a simple cake will keep things fancy. Looking for something more laid-back? Black-and-white anemones are the perfect flower choice—charming yet beautiful. Incorporate the black
    hue in chalkboard details, perfect for your ceremony program or your menu. Put eggplant touches in unexpected places, like the groomsman socks, colored glassware in your table design or your blackberry fizz signature cocktail.

  8. Mint and Coral

    Mint and coral wedding colors
    Photo by Clockwise from top left: Sweet Tea Photography; Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography; Meg Cooper Photography; The Nichols; Jami Thompson Photography

    Create a sense of whimsy with this happy pairing—mint has a preppy feel while coral keeps things fresh and cheerful. Mix them with gold or even copper for a super-luxe look. This palette would be perfect for a late-spring or summer celebration or a destination wedding someplace tropical.

    How To Do It: If you're going for a more elegant vibe, play up the mint—it's sophisticated yet totally approachable—and don't be afraid of metallics. Incorporate the hue into details like your invitations, bridesmaid dresses (groomsman pocket squares too!) and table linens. Make lush coral peonies the mainstay of your floral arrangements—even the sugar blooms on your cake. Put hints of coral in details like your favors or the ribbon on your ceremony program. If you're hosting a seaside affair, let coral lead the way. Treat guests to a tropical preceremony cocktail and have some sun umbrellas and fans handy to beat the heat. Set lively tables with pops of coral and hints of mint (think: chargers, escort cards and florals). Include other mint touches throughout, such as custom cocktail napkins and striped straws, a color-coordinated candy bar or confetti for your grand exit as newlyweds.

  9. Copper and Persimmon

    Copper and persimmon wedding colors
    Photo by Clockwise from top left: Abby Jiu Photography; Deborah Zoe Photography; Jess + Nate Studios; We Heart Photography

    Copper is the new neutral! Metallics up the elegance of any scheme, but copper isn't just for glitzy affairs. Pair it with persimmon for a punchy vibe that can be dressed up or down.

    How To Do It: If you're hosting a rustic celebration, kick things off with some copper Moscow Mule mugs. Opt for loose floral arrangements with burnt orange dahlias and bunny tail. Considerusing real persimmons as escort cards, or just pick up the hue in your wedding paper suite. Looking for fancy? Start with luxe copper foil invitations. Ask your florist if she has any copper vessels that can be used for statement-making arrangements. Use antique keys for escort cards, and play up the persimmon in your menu, wedding favor packaging and shawls for chilly guests.

  10. Amethyst and Acid Green

    Amethyst and acid green wedding colors
    Photo by Clockwise from top left: Red Ribbon Photography; Thompson Weddings; Philip Ficks; Jen Kroll Photography

    Put some zing in your wedding palette with acid green. Amethyst helps balance the bold shade, and the two hues set the mood for a playful and lively party. This pairing is perfect for mixing in a third color, like white or dove gray.

    How To Do It: Fancy or casual, let amethyst be your primary color, and the rowdy green can act as an accent. Set the scene with a wedding invitation that hints at the pairing—maybe it's a vibrant belly band or envelope liner. If you're opting for bow ties and gowns, incorporate the colors into your florals (cymbidium orchids, calla lilies, hypericum berries, lilacs and spider mums are all pretty choices). Keep your linens and table settings more neutral and surprise guests with hints of the palette, like a tray of passed macarons. A more low-key celebration calls for a color explosion! Incorporate the hues into details like china, custom matches, pillows in your lounge area and your escort card display.

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