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Crash Course In Color:

Didn't go to art school? That doesn't mean you can't use basic design techniques to make your table a work of art.

We don't really need to get into color theory- we have entertaining to do. Just know there are some colors that work together and some that don't. We all learned the color wheel in elementary school: The colors opposite each other are "complimentary colors". These colors create a maximum contrast for eye-catching looks. Similar shades, or "analogous colors", are colors side-by-side on the color wheel, like yellow, yellow-green, and yellow-orange. These colors will work well together with one color usually dominating the composition.

And remember, context is everything.

A table that is entirely set with bright blue will be more modest than a table that uses it against darker colors. Don't forget neutrals are just as important as patterns, one defines the other.