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Discover How to Select and Use the Best Colors for Events in Kenya

What are the best colors for events in Kenya? Only the ones that best suit your event objectives.

Light tints or pastels have been quite popular for the past couple of years.

Other wedding colors in Kenya include baby blues, champagne pink, peach, beige, gold and white.

Corporate events tend to stick to their brand colors, but subtle floral arrangements and photo walls embrace a diverse event color palette.

In this article, we discuss the best colors for events; how to select and use them.

What are the best colors for events?

The best colors for events in Kenya are the ones that are easy to find and/or match your event planning color schemes. BUT remember, colors are a matter of personal preference and taste. So as long as you know what colors you want, nothing should stop you from creating a fabulous event color palette.

Why is it important to have colors at an event?

Colors at any type of event help to set the mood, by enhancing the event venue’s aesthetics for you and your guests comfort, relaxation and enjoyment.

To be an ace at selecting these colors, here are the color fundamentals you should know.

The basic principles of color

The three basic color levels are; primary, secondary, and tertiary. Where the primary colors are red, blue, and yellow.

You derive secondary colors by mixing primary colors. While tertiary colors result from mixing primary colors with secondary colors.

Color terminologies

Once you’ve mastered the basic principles of color, there are certain color terminologies that should become second nature to you.

  • Hue: the actual color you see, like blue or red
  • Chroma: the purity of color without additives like white, black, or gray
  • Saturation: this is the strength or weakness of a color
  • Value: is the lightness or darkness of a color
  • Tone: the result of adding gray to a pure hue
  • Shade: is a result of adding black to a pure hue
  • Tint: what you get by adding white to a hue

Next, we’ll show you how to use these knowledge to create the best colors for events.

Color psychology for events

When creating an event color palette, understand that the human eye perceives color based on how it sees it. When light hits an object it reflects some of the light and absorbs the rest.

Some objects tend to reflect more of certain wavelengths of light than others. For instance, the sea reflects more of blue light and an orange fruit reflects more of orange light.

Black objects absorb all wavelengths of light, while white reflect all wavelengths.

In turn, we’re able to perceive these colors because of rods and cones; the photoreceptor cells in our retinas (there’s a layer at the back of each eye).

You can therefore create the best colors for events only if you factor in the event venue’s color scheme.

Remember, the background always sets the foundation for the foreground.

Some colors appear to fade in a white background, and others are brilliant in a black background.

That’s why it’s crucial to compare and contrast your event color palette at the selected venue.

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1. Creating harmony

Analogous colors or monochromatic colors are the best for harmony. 

The analogous colors appear side by side on a color wheel. They’re workable because they don’t have much hue differentiation.

Monochromatic colors, on the other hand, are the different shades of one color and are the simplest color schemes to create.

Something critical to know while creating your color scheme is to ensure it aligns with the cultural preferences of your guests.

For example, when planning a Chinese-themed event, red must be the dominant color.

2. Creating the illusion of space

Lighter hues like creams, whites, or pale tints make a space seem expansive.

You can apply these colors to the walls and ceiling of a dark room using drapes.

Darker hues create the illusion of opulence, intimacy, and a bit of roughness (rustic).

To draw your guests sight lines to a specific focal point, use catchy colors.

For instance, use a color that pops like yellow or red to brand the stage, signage, or dance floor.

3. Setting the mood

Color in lighting is a fantastic mood-setter and for it to be effective, you need to figure out how to apply it to your select venue.

Consider the event decor plan, that is, will lighting be stand-alone or complementary to other decor elements and accessories like drapes, linens, balloons, and florals?  A business meeting for example, will use light, subtle coloring along the walls.

Weddings could go for the same but a bit more daring, especially around the dance floor.

Remember: A good combination of color and lighting can have a powerful effect on an event’s general mood vibe.

Color apps: Help you combine the best colors for events

Some events, especially corporate ones, require official company colors unless there’s a specific theme that deviates from this.

In such a situation, refer to a color wheel or event floor plan app.

Both will help you test out the suitable color scheme.

In addition, here are some apps you can try out to ease you into color scheming for your event color palette. You can consider trying – Adobe Color, Coolors, Canva, Colormind and Colorspace.

Frequently asked questions

1. What are the best wedding colors in Kenya?

The best wedding colors in Kenya include gold, white, magenta, champagne and pink, these are the most popular ones. These colors complement each other, blend well with your venue and are easily available. In making your color selections its advisable to go for a mix of two colors, one light hue and the other a dark hue.

2. How do I choose a color for an event?

The best way to choose your event colors is by going according to the season and sticking to the 60-30-10 rule, where you only use a maximum of three colors (unless you’re going monochrome). 60% for the main color, 30% for a secondary color and 10% for an accent color.

3. What color makes people want to party?

Red is the power color that puts people in a festive or party mood and draws all eyes to it for it’s dark shade and boldness. Orange and yellow also fall in this category of highly attractive colors.

4. What is the most popular color for a wedding?

The color pink which symbolizes kindness, comfort, sympathy, compassion and acceptance. It’s one of the most popular colors often used to demonstrate femininity and romance.

You’re now well placed to create the best colors for events in Kenya.

The right color selection has a significant impact on your event’s success.

Always consider the emotions your color choice will evoke.

Remember, proper event coloring means happy guests. So always consult on color preferences and ensure you match and apply them appropriately.

If you’d like help creating a suitable color palette for your event, we’re event planners in Nairobi you can count on. Call us on 0721771185 or email: joan@lucidityafrica.com and we’ll revert ASAP.