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Color Palettes: Orange and Gray

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Halloween is in full swing here at Martha Stewart. Since it's one of the favorite holidays in our offices, I decided to get inspired myself.  My inspiration isn’t full of carefully carved pumpkins or glitter, but orange is in abundance. By pairing this bright color with a soft gray, you can really throw a winsome affair. My favorite  picture here is the flower girl. I love that even though her dress isn't the typical frilly attire, she is completely adorable.

What is inspiring you this season that might show up at your upcoming nuptials?


From top left: Dress, Amsale; couple with umbrellas, 100 Layer Cake; orange table setting, Corbin Gurkin via Style Me Pretty" "ooh la la" and shoes, Elise Blaha; gown, J. Crew; flower girl, Hannah Bergman; escort cards, Martha Stewart Weddings; coat tag, Corbin Gurkin via Style Me Pretty; bridal bouquet,  Martha Stewart Weddings; jewlery, Corbin Gurkin; table setting, Carla Ten Eyck; wedding cake photography,  Tara Donne.

Comments (6)

  • I would have never thought to put these two colors together but the orange really pops alongside the gray.

  • Such an unusual and eye-catching palette!

  • Really like this colour combination! Sometimes orange can be a bit harsh and too bright but the grey works great at mellowing the tone!!

  • Agree......got have the gray but I like the shades of orange chosen in this blog. The flower girl's dress is VERY sweet.

  • I love orange or gold (but not "bright" orange) mokara orchids and would love to use them as my flowers for my wedding this fall. I also found a photo of orange leaves against a silvery blue (or bluish silver) sunny sky that I adore and would love to use as the basis of my palette. However, either I am trying to use a color palette that is above my design pay grade ($0, FYI) or I am making this much harder than it needs to be. I like the gray/orange motif here but think I would prefer to use a softer, maybe more bluish gray, along the lines of this gorgeous photo. Any advice or examples you can think of? I thought of going primarily gray/ivory with orange accents, but that might make the gray too hard/cold, but at the same time orange isn't the kind of color that, while I love, should be used sparingly so as not to overwhelm. Am I nuts? Help! Thank you!

  • Correction (sorry, multitasking here): Orange should not be everywhere but used sparingly, in my humble opinion. THAT's what I meant.

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