Decor meets fashion
Natalia Oh, Contributor
One cannot deny the correlation between fashion and interior design. They go hand in hand, so when Pantone ( the world-renowned authority on colour and provider of colour systems across a variety of industries) declares the colour of any given year, designers, buyers and merchandisers go into a frenzy.
Similarly, interior decorators and event planners also make reference to what is trending in colour and fashion and then use it as a guide for event decor choices. Brides now anxiously depend on the expert advice from style consultants and wedding planners for help with choosing the right colour palettes for their big day.
Shot on the lush green lawns of the Eden Gardens Wellness Spa, and with the help of event decorator Helen G Events, we show the marrying of various trends and event decor.
The black and white duo is seen in graphic stripes and checker prints which offer an optical illusion and is a subtle play on 'mixed prints'. Look for stripes to take on movement next year with dizzying swirls. Metallic, another big trend which will transcend to next year, is seen in a silver cushion and the silver is harmonised with the metallic over-size pots and the models' jewellery.
When Pantone chooses a colour for the year, suddenly, the colour orange is casually referred to as 'celosia orange', or lilac is known as 'radiant orchid', and in years past, burgundy was known as 'oxblood red'. It is quite impressive and another reminder of how fashion helps us to evolve. Accent pillows in an orange sheer swirl fabric and silver metallic were added along with a cascading faux-fur white throw.
Ethnic prints are here to stay. From bright
batik to African tribal prints, designers went globetrotting and this
trend allows us to not only pay homage to our heritage, but it also
prevents our wardrobes from being too girly or flowery, it adds design
depth to a wardrobe.
This trend transfers the easiest
in home and event decor as it pairs well with the natural elements in
furnishings such as sisal rattan (shown), quality wood, stretched
leather, and animal fur. Use these pricey furnishings sparingly in
accent pieces. The gold metallic vase in a modern square shape is a
fresh contrast to the tougher elements.
Like designers who are influenced
by the outdoors and Mother Nature, so are decorators who are sometimes
led by the colour of foliage and blooms in any designated area. Here,
the location boasts an overhanging trellis with yellow blooms and the
decorator went with a short floral arrangement in yellow to tie in. The
minimalist bistro tables in white look crisp against all the foliage and
greenery in the background.
- Expert Tips by Helen
Graham from Helen G Events
❒ Spend your money where
guests spend most of their time. For example, if you are having a
wedding reception, guests spend about an hour in your designated
cocktail area versus three hours in your dinner reception and dance
area. So you should focus more on the dinner reception
❒ When decorating, think of how you want your
guests to feel when they enter the space. Do you want them to get a
romantic feel when they walk in to the space? Adding candles and using
dimmed lighting will help to achieve this.
❒ Do you
want them to feel as if they are in a tropical forest? Add more trees
and use more tropical flowers in your floral
❒ If you love flowers, but you are on a
tight budget, you can use more affordable blooms in bright colours to
create drama. This will still give you drama for a fraction of the
director and stylist: Natalia
Decor and floral
design: Helen G. Events
Boutique, Store #12, Lower Manor Park
Plaza, 184 Constant Spring Rd,
Photos by: John
Make-up by: Kerry
Murray, Making Faces By
Location: Eden Gardens
Wellness Resort and Spa, 39 Lady Musgrave
Road, Kingston 5,