We started seeing neutrals popping up all over the place in wedding and stationery design in late 2012 and early 2013. For me at least, the idea of no real color was kind of boring to me and I really couldn’t get past the idea that it was only appropriate for rustic styles. I admit that was a bit close minded of me and since then I’ve come to realize that a neutral palette can work for any style, and any season and when done right, is far from boring. There is really just one simple key to keeping a neutral palette interesting and that is by incorporating a variety of finishes and textures. It’s as simple as that!
In stationery, whether it’s a wedding invitation, shower invitation, birth announcement or anything else, it really comes down to mixing up the papers. Kraft paper seems to be an almost shoe-in for any neutral project we do. We have moved away from the dark, traditional, brown bag kraft paper in favor of a lighter taupe kraft paper. This soft neutral color serves as the perfect base for any style and even I don’t find it boring.
Isn’t this baby shower decor beautiful? Of course the doors in the background help but the table is so pretty and they did an excellent job of mixing textures.
The same is true for the wedding collage above.
Below is a round up of some of our favorite neutral invitations we’ve done over the past year. Notice the mix of papers, textures and accessories.
And we couldn’t forget our winter wonderland window.