Courtesy Mark Edward Harris
ASSESS THE MOOD Decide whether you want your get-together to be lively or laid-back. "It has to do with the value or intensity of the colors you choose," says Wearstler. Bold, bright hues add energy to an atmosphere, while paler, more soothing tones create a calmer vibe.
FIND INSPIRATION Bring the spirit of the season to your tabletop. “Think of a beach house for example; the sand, the sky and shells,” the designer says. “The ideal colors may be right outside your window.“
DO COLOR TRIOS Start by choosing a distinctive “lead” color, then add a “grounding” tone, often a neutral shade, and a “spark,” an exuberant hue. “Be confident, go with your heart and follow your emotions!” Wearstler advises.