{Color Conundrum}: Combining Shades of Red + Green?

{Cranberry, Light Sage, Camel, Taupe, Ivory + White}

Recently I had a request that can only be described as a 'color conundrum.' Lainey's problem, she told me, was that she was desperate to try to find a way to combine the colors red + green. She explained to me that she was dead set on wanting red as one of the main colors and her husband on the other hand was dead set on having some green incorporated in some way. Naturally, the concern was this combination would automatically scream 'Christmas!' So my challenge was to create a palette that incorporated green and red in some fashion and also create a look that was far from holiday inspired. So off to the drawing board I went! And here is my design! {continued...}

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I have to admit, it's a true challenge to create a green + red palette and have it turn out not looking holiday-ish. However, I have to say that I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. What I discovered was that in order to marry these colors successfully it's important to use a deeper cranberry shade, not a traditional, bright red. Also the use of a light and creamy shade of sage green is crucial. Did you notice this is actually a new color we've added to our palette?

Now, it's true, I didn't add a lot of green into this palette. It's used very sparingly on invitations and in the floral arrangements. Oh, and you even see a little bit in the curtains featured here. This is not to say you should have curtains custom made for your wedding, ladies! Some of the ideas I'm loving in this board are the red bistro chairs, the stationery by Ruby + Willow and that adorable hand stitched ring pillow! So what do you think? Did I manage to pull it off?

And what about you? Do you have a color conundrum? If you do, be sure to stop by our request page and leave us yours! I'm looking forward to working through your 'Color Conundrums' with you! xo

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Chrissy Arpie Ott

Chrissy Arpie Ott is the founder of The Perfect Palette. Since its launch in 2008, The Perfect Palette has been the go-to color resource for couples who dream of a unique, creative and colorful wedding day.

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27 Comments " {Color Conundrum}: Combining Shades of Red + Green? "


This is the problem I'm facing right now... My fiancee wants red but I'm set on green. Although this helps me to not give up on having this two colors combined without it screaming "Christmas" I'm still not satisfied with this palette...

Will it still look as lovely as this if I were to do a cranberry, sage, and grey?

Something Old, Something New June 30, 2011

I think you did a really great job on this! Definitely a challenge with the red and green, but this has managed to look nothing like a Christmas/holiday themed event and instead like a beautiful, classic wedding. Lovely!

Bridal Affairs June 30, 2011

No sign of Santa Claus in this inspiration! Lovely and soft.

{The Perfect Palette} June 30, 2011

Anonymous: Glad I could help! Yes, you can most definitely substitute the taupe for the gray. Although they do have a similar effect. I would really push you to seriously consider cranberry, sage and gray! It's a unique palette and has the potential of being just as lovely!

xoxo, chrissy.

Lainey S.

This is seriously inspiring! THANK YOU for taking my request! I feel so lucky seeing that you have so many! You really helped me to see that we can both have what we want and still have it look pretty!

Lainey S.

Oh, and I just wanted to add... I LOVE those red bistro chairs.

xo, Lainey!


Oh, My GAH!!

You are seriously a color rock-star!!

Love, Lena

Tiffany June 30, 2011

I love the inspiration board. It goes beautifullly with a summer strawberry palette. You could use some of those beautiful, tiny European strawberries in the flowers which have a feel similar to the postcard in this inspiration board... which I love! I'm mad for postcards... LOVE IT!

Sarah {A Paper Proposal} June 30, 2011

I'm not always a big fan of using red in weddings, but I LOVE this board! It's JUUUSSSTT right! :)

brenna R.

sweet color palette! Not at all 'christmasy' :)

Corinna Taylor

OOOOOO now THIS is inspiring. I have a color conundrum of my own. Off to leave you a request!! thanks for being so sweet + creating all this inspiration for brides! xo

Kate/MagnoliaRouge June 30, 2011

Aww thanks for using my work!! This is gorgeous and not at all 'christmasy' (oops just repeating brenna's exact words!!) I love those red bistro chairs... looks so very french!

hesbon kerongo July 01, 2011

So inspiring and love your work. thank a lot

Lissa (The Wedding Bistro at Bellenza) July 01, 2011

You've done it again, Chrissy! Such a tasteful pairing of just the right shades of red and green. So lovely!

postcards and pretties July 01, 2011

I'm not the biggest fan of red but this board is lovely.


Oh my goodness, how gorgeous! Not even a little bit Christmassy, but a lot beautiful!

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin July 05, 2011

Gosh this makes me want to plan a vow renewal celebration even more than I already do! I think I would go with grey and yellow this time around. : )

Laura July 29, 2011

Ok, so I've just got to share this with you...

I commented on another site that I needed to solve my color conundrum, so I headed of here, when to colors, picked cranberry and was brought to this post...The Color Conundrum!! Eerie.

I feel seriously compelled to use this color palate now. Isn't that crazy??

{The Perfect Palette} July 29, 2011

Wow!! Laura! That's so crazy! So what is your color conundrum anyways? Just the fact that you can't decide? That is erie! You might want to consider this lovely palette. It's very unique!

xoxo, chrissy

Laura July 31, 2011

I guess I am having trouble deciding. I do want to be unique. I'm envisioning a very natural palette, with creams colored flowers, simple roses, seeded eucalyptus, leaves. The cranberry could be a really beautiful accent. The girls' dresses are really what have me stumped. It's all good though. I'm honing in slowly. Your inspiration boards are eye opening!

btw, I gave you a shout-out over at Dual Coast. You deserve it!


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