How-to: Select Dance Theme Colors

Once the formal dance theme is finalized, your dance planning committee will need to select the theme colors. There are two considerations. One is whether the colors are logical choices for the event theme, and the other is whether decorations in the preferred colors are easy to find.

In other words, color is not an area where you want to be unique. If you choose unusual colors that are hard to find, you’ll likely create a decorating nightmare for yourselves! We recommend checking our event themes catalogs to look at the different decorations you’ll need and to note the color combinations used there.

Some themes naturally elicit certain colors. For example, what colors would you choose for a Valentine’s Day dance? Exactly! Color psychology is a fun way to learn about the traditional meanings of popular colors. Also, the following are a few colors and color combination ideas for general themes:

  • Black with red and gold or silver: City themes, Asian-inspired themes, Hollywood, Ballroom
  • Black and gold: Ballroom theme events
  • Black with red, white and gray: Medieval themes
  • Black and white or silver: City, Hollywood or other film-inspired themes, Ballroom
  • Green and white: Park theme, Garden theme
  • Greens and blues: Underwater theme party, Beach themes
  • Greens and blues with gold or silver: Under the Sea themes
  • Greens and blues along with yellows: Jungle, Tropical
  • Greens and blues along with yellow and hot pink: Tropical, Luau
  • Purple with green and yellow or gold, with or without black: Mardi Gras, Masquerade
  • Bright/neon green, pink, yellow along with turquoise and/or purple: Retro themes
  • Pastel blues, white and silver: Castle, Fairy Tale, Ballroom, Winter themes
  • Deep or pastel shades of blue along with metallic gold or silver: Celestial themes
  • Orange or orange-red with gold and purple or lavender: Desert themes, Sunset themes
  • Navy blue and white, with or without red: Nautical event theme

You can create striking color combinations by taking a very strong color, such as a deep purple or emerald green, and pairing it with a neutral (black or white) or a metallic (gold or silver). Another great pairing is a light version of a color paired with a dark version, such as a very light blue put together with a very deep shade of blue.

Remember the color wheel? Consider complementary or near-complementary colors (teal or peacock with red, burgundy with green) or color-family combos (teal, blue and purple).

Have you developed a knock-out color scheme for your event? Let us know in comments!

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