{Color Conundrum}: Combining Shades of Pink + Blue?

{Fuchsia, Navy Blue, Powder Blue, Camel + Ivory}

Today's 'Color Conundrum' comes from Erin O'brien who asked if it was possible to use the colors pink and blue together without it turning out looking like a baby shower? Good question! And, Erin, my answer is YES, YES, YES! You surely can blend pinks and blues for your upcoming wedding. Here are my thoughts... When you want to combine colors like pink and blue you do have to be careful. My suggestion to you is to simply opt for navy blue instead of a baby blue for the primary color. And in regards to choosing the perfect shade of pink, why not choose a deep and vibrant shade like fuchsia? Now, that's not to say you can't add in a dash of light blue, but just try to keep it at a minimum! Oh, and since I'm all about rounding out a palette with neutrals, why not incorporate a little camel and ivory?

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top row: bridal portrait, lovely blooms, bridesmaid dresses in fuchsia + navy, sorbet, middle row: invitation detail, handmade clutch, earrings, calligraphy, lovely ring, bottom row: groomsmen attire, navy blue bridesmaid dress, sorbet display, newlyweds.

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I think the reason why this palette works and doesn't come across as 'baby-showerish' is because #1, I opted to use the deeper shades of these colors and not their pastel versions. Also I think that combining some neutrals really does have a way of creating a little unexpected depth. So what do you think? Might you consider using colors like these for your wedding? I happen to think that this palette would look really great for a late Summer wedding or even Spring! And who doesn't love the looks of that sorbet display? Looks delish to me! PS. Do you have a 'Color Conundrum' or a request for me? Leave me yours here. 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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26 Comments " {Color Conundrum}: Combining Shades of Pink + Blue? "

The Perfect Palette July 12, 2011

Gorgeous, chrissy!! This doesn't look like a baby shower at all!

xoxo, Jenna


I love the idea of using deeper shades of pink + blue. Brilliant!!

Gorgeous palette!

~ Lena

Lush Events + Co

OOOO, now THIS is pretty!

Do I like it? No! I LOVE IT!!

Happy Tuesday! Kylie

Paper Moss July 12, 2011

YES! This is a beautiful combo and so far from feeling like a shower! Gorgeous!

Couture Carrie July 12, 2011

Oooooh this is one of my favorite posts of yours yet, darling!
And now I need some sorbet!


Rebecca July 12, 2011

Loove this post, and the inspirations! :) When I think blue and pink, I think nautical//New England//preppy. So yeah, definitely doable w/out the baby shower feel.

Sweet, Sweet Love, Inc.

Gorgeous palette, chrissy! You always know just the right way to blend colors. Love this eye candy.

xo, Lisa

Jenna Lee July 12, 2011

Looks like you did a great job! Good colors! Great choices~

Ashley July 12, 2011

okay, this is amazing!!!!!! I need to come back here more often for my party planning for October!

claire gallam July 12, 2011

I love that pinK!

Melina July 12, 2011

Such a great color tip! The darker shades definitely have a more elegant look. I love it. :-)

postcards and pretties July 12, 2011

love this, chrissy!!

Ana Degenaar July 12, 2011

What a gorg blog! Thanks for visiting me today!

A Crimson Kiss July 12, 2011

This is absolutely stunning! The navy/raspberry combination is perfect!

anna and the ring July 12, 2011

The colours just work so well together. Love!

J.Crabbit July 12, 2011

excellent combinations. As a professional clasher, I love reading these posts and learning what I have been doing wrong in my wardrobe... there is a reason at my wedding my tux was black and white.

Kelly Hicks July 12, 2011

LOVE this color combination! The deeper shades mixed with some neutrals is absolutely beautiful! And I would have to agree - that sherbet picture looks just perfect!

Sarah {A Paper Proposal} July 12, 2011

You know, I obviously KNEW it was pink and blue, but I didn't even THINK baby shower when I saw this board! I guess you did your job well! ;) It reminds me of summer berries...more of a preppy color palette too, in my opinion :)

Greer Loves July 12, 2011

Loving how the pink and blue hues work together!

Rhiannon Bosse July 12, 2011

Sigh. I am totally in love with navy these days :)

Style, She Wrote July 12, 2011

Gorgeous colors! Love fuschia and navy together. xo style, she wrote


It's as if you knew I was have a color conundrum! I am wanting to go something more along the pink, and my fiance would like to do something with more blue. I haven't been sure how to combine the two colors without making it look like a baby shower. I love how you combined the colors! Thank you so much for the ideas!

Sandra Downie {The White Library} July 13, 2011

I did a wedding last October with this color really is lovely. You could even throw some light pink in to accent the fuschia...LOVE!

brit July 13, 2011

I love the use of the bold navy and fuchsia with the soft neutrals. It's a good balance, and a good way to make those colors feel sophisticated.

Micaela July 16, 2011

i would never have though to combine these two colors but goodness, does it work! gorgeous

the one piece swimsuits December 03, 2011

Palette is adorable! I want to marry cause your site. :-) But, what color palette and idea is the best, that is difficult to decide. :-)

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