Today we are going to talk about a design concept called color bridging. Color bridging is a technique used to bring two colors in the color wheel closer together, by using colors found between those to colors to soften or “bridge” from one color to another.
For instance, if a bride wanted the colors red and yellow in her bouquet, we could color bridge with peaches, oranges, dark yellows, and corals. Some brides would say they do not want orange in their bouquet, but the color bridging brings a richness and sense of flow to an arrangement instead of the arrangement appearing polka dotted. Let’s look at some examples.
Here we have the choice of just red and yellow roses, sticking to the strictly two toned bouquet. Do you see how it can look a little polka dotted? (By the way, some people love this look and it is exactly what they are going for, and that is completely fine. I am just using these images for demonstration purposes, but not saying one is better than another.)
RED & YELLOW BOUQUETS WITH COLOR BRIDGING:
Here we see a few more corals and peaches to bridge between red and yellow.
I love the use of the large dahlia in the front of this bouquet. (It is the red petaled flower with the yellow center.) This flower helps bridge these colors because it contains all of the colors right on its petals.
PURPLE & YELLOW BOUQUETS WITH COLOR BRIDGING:
While majority of the bouquet is purple and yellow, we are brought many accents in between these colors to make the bouquet look cohesive and playful.
This yellow and purple bouquet uses light and dark shades of each color to bridge to the other. The lightest purples and the lightest yellows nearly bleed into each other.
And this modern bouquet uses muddy looking purples to blend to the yellows.
BLUE & ORANGE BOUQUETS WITH COLOR BRIDGING
This bouquet takes every shade of orange and red to blend into the light blue.
I appreciate how this bouquet does not scream orange and blue, but we have the warmth and coolness blended together with reds and dark purples all the way to the blues.
And this bouquet lives primarily in the bridging or middle ground with the peach flowers, but accents both ends of the color wheel with the vibrant orange touches, and blue highlights.
OMBRE BOUQUETS TO DEMONSTRATE COLOR BRIDGING:
There are also beautiful ombre bouquets that make color bridging especially easy to see. You can clearly see how from one end of the bouquet to the other the colors bridge seamlessly.
Aren’t these bouquets just gorgeous? I love how some of the middle colors are muddy or unexpected, but they pull the whole bouquet together.
Mostly I love to talk to brides about color bridging because I might have an idea of a flower that can help blend two colors in a bouquet together, even if that color is not one of the main colors they are using for the wedding. So try and open you mind to possibilities even if you think the colors might not “match” perfectly.
I hope this helps you make your color choices more thoughtfully!
Thanks for reading flower friend!