Brighten Up Your Summer Table

Summer Entertaining - Brighten Up Your Summer Table - Kelly Wearstler
Photo: Courtesy Barneys New York, Courtesy Williams-Sonoma, Courtesy CB2, Courtesy Jonathan Adler

Brighten Up Your Summer Table

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Kelly Wearstler's Colorful Advice

Summer Entertaining - Brighten Up Your Summer Table - Kelly Wearstler
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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.

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Jade, Parchment, Lavender

Summer Entertaining - Brighten Up Your Summer Table - Kelly Wearstler
Courtesy Neiman Marcus, Courtesy Anthropologie, Courtesy Cooking.com, Courtesy MoMA Store

"The subtle yet combustible pop of gorgeous, grassy jade (lead color) contrasts with the calm, unemotional parchment (grounding) and soft lavender (spark). This sexy color combo is perfect for warm summer days and nights," says Wearstler.

Beech wood place setting, Seletti, $3.95;

anthropologie.com. Stoneware pitcher, Le Creuset, $25; cooking.com. Earthenware bowl, MoMA Store, $15; momastore.org. Capiz shell place mats, Kim Seybert, $328 for 4; neimanmarcus.com

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Magenta, Gunmetal, Brass

Summer Entertaining - Brighten Up Your Summer Table - Kelly Wearstler
Courtesy Peir 1, Courtesy Michael C. Fina, Courtesy Gracious Home, Courtesy Jonathan Adler

"The contrast of magenta (lead), gunmetal (grounding) and brass (spark) is quiet but still vibrant," Wearstler says. "Opulent magenta paired with gunmetal and brass dictates an exuberant summer celebration—full speed ahead!"

Screen-printed tea towel, Jonathan Adler, $12;

jonathanadler.com.Metal pagoda lanterns, Pier 1 imports, $12 and $18; pier1.com. Gold plate salt and pepper set, Michael Aram, $79; bloomingdales.com.Dinner plate, Margherita by Missoni, $88; michaelcfina.com.

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Blue, Steel, Yellow

Summer Entertaining - Brighten Up Your Summer Table - Kelly Wearstler
Courtesy Crate & Barrel, Courtesy Velocity Design, Courtesy Emile Henry, Courtesy Teleflora

"Reminiscent of singing summer birds, the cheery blue (lead) and the more reserved steel (grounding) combine with the happy yellow (spark) to create a dynamic palette of contrasting moods," notes Wearstler.

Bamboo Tropics flowers, Teleflora, $70;

teleflora.com. Coaster set, Thomas Paul, $16 for 4; velocityartanddesign.com. Stainless steel dipping dish, $5; crateandbarrel.com.

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White, Cream, Black

Summer Entertaining - Brighten Up Your Summer Table - Kelly Wearstler
Courtesy Barneys New York, Courtesy Williams-Sonoma, Courtesy CB2, Courtesy Jonathan Adler

"A monochromatic palette is generally more relaxing," says Wearstler. "Pairing white (lead) with cream (grounding) and black (spark) creates an unexpectedly authentic and surprisingly chic backdrop."

Crystal striped glass, Barneys New York, $78 and $75;

barneys.com. Linen napkin, Williams-Sonoma, $48 for 4; williams-sonoma.com. Pressed vinyl crochet runner, CB2, $24; cb2.com. Stoneware napkin ring, Jonathan Adler, $18; jonathanadler.com.

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