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Colour Trends for Summer Events 2013

25 Jul 13 By: Lene McGuinness

Finally, as the summer sun starts making an appearance with it comes a colour palette that’s destined to delight. This year’s on-trend colours are: dusty pastels, bright reds and royal blues. 

If you’re planning an event and are in need of a little colour inspiration, look no further. At Allens we’ve put together a few of our favourite ideas to help you find the perfect catering equipment hire in on-trend colours

Pure Pastels – Pantone’s Dusk Blue, African Violets, Grayed Jade and Linen 

Styling your event around a colour palette of pale, dusty pastels is easy with our range of coloured china, from pastel coloured plates in pale blue, green, pink and sand with cups and saucers in identical shades. In addition, and exclusive to Allens Catering and Equipment Hire, is our William Edwards “Fresco” collection, which boasts a beautiful baroque design. 

Tip: Use neutral-coloured table linen if you’re styling your setting with coloured china and don’t want to overdo it with too much colour. If you’re crockery is patterned opt for a beautiful plain textured linen like the Matisse in ivory or white. Flowers that quickly and easily complement pastel shades are: peonies, poppies, white and pale pink roses, chrysanthemums in similar shades and lilies. 

Bright and Beautiful – Pantone’s Poppy Red and Nectarine

This summer bright is beautiful. Style your table using eye-catching reds and oranges but be careful to use these colours sparingly. A subtle way to start is with a simple table linen in a neutral colour. On top of this, use coloured china with a vibrant red rim and coloured water glasses complemented by contemporary stemware like the Open Up range. Or, select a bright red or burnt orange tablecloth and dress it with Ginseng china  Which has a lovely dimpled patterned rim. 

Tip: When using a bright red colour palette, opt for hiring subtle yet ultra-modern cutlery, crockery and glassware. This plays down the table setting and complements rather than competes with the overall design and theme. If you’re adding flowers to the table, complete the look with matching bouquets of roses or tulips. Use red roses or tulips for a red setting and orange ones for a tangerine theme. 

Boldly Blue–Pantone’s Monaco Blue 

The great thing about a blue hue is that it can easily work with either a modern theme or classic one. And, as with all colours you can choose to start with a base of blue table linen in a beautiful brocade finish and add to that pure and stylish fine bone china, as well as matching coloured glassware. Or, you can start with a natural base and add accents of deep blue with coloured china, plenty of flowers and maybe even decorative chair adornments. 

Tip: Royal blue can be tricky to pair with flowers, if you’re mixing your blue with another shade like ivory, cream or white, create bouquets that are predominantly made up of a white/cream colourway interspersed with deep blue almost purple flowers like irises, tulips and carnations.