Exploring Colour Palettes and Influences for 2020 Weddings with Kate Cullen
As 2020 fast approaches we’re fully immersed in looking at the emerging trends, colour palettes and creative details which you’ll love, and today we’re discussing colour palettes with B.LOVED Edit Member, Kate Cullen. A true artisan, Kate is renowned for her timeless aesthetic which oozes quality and elegance. Created by hand, curated by heart her plant dyed silk ribbons, linens as well as handmade paper & selection of props can be seen throughout so many beautiful shoots you see here on B.LOVED!
What colour palettes and colour trends are you working with for this season? What influences this for you?
As we head through Autumn and Winter I’m working with a few more rich tones and metallics – especially gold. There’s definitely been an increase in warm natural shades like taupe, russet and amber. I’m always influenced by nature (all my dyes are plant based, and I especially love working with foraged berries, bark and leaves throughout the year). I loved creating a palette that mirrors the autumn colours, but that also works as we head into Winter – somehow the rich warm tones work equally well as we head into December and January – that need for warmth!
What colours are you excited about for 2020?
I’m looking forward to the return of old favourites like the neutrals of grey and taupes that are always popular for a timeless wedding look. But I’m also excited to see bolder blue and green tones.
Tell us a little about your process or behind the scenes for creating your artisan ribbons and linens
I work from home and create all my dyes here at home in a little separate kitchen I have in the house. I create in between walking my puppy and the school runs – life is busy but fun! It’s really important to me to source things as ethically and responsibly as I can, and to try and keep to minimal waste. All of my dyed silk products are made using plants with minimal use of chemicals. I forage and grow some of my own plants for dyeing, others I buy in from reputable companies or use up leftovers from my locally delivered veg box! I use them to dye bamboo silk, peace silk, and traditional silks (including bias cut habotai silk). Bamboo silk is a wonderful soft fabric, and a great vegan alternative to traditional silks. with a slight sheen akin to silk. It is a heavier weight than most silks, and frays beautifully at the edges for a rustic luxe feel. It looks gorgeous on bouquets and buttonholes, and it’s beautiful drape means it is also perfect for table runners, cake tables and napkins. I have virtually eliminated plastic from my business – I package your orders in compostable bags, organic fairtrade cotton bags and cardboard boxes. Any bubble wrap used is recycled from parcels I have received in the past and is not purchased new. My tissue paper is recycled and bleach-free.
What are your most popular pieces and colours?
Blush and grey are always a hit every year – there’s definitely a love for timeless romanticism associated with these colours which work well with most colour palettes. My silk table runners are particularly favoured for the luxury dessert tables, whereas my bamboo silk runners are proving popular for adorning gorgeous bare wood tables.
- Ribbons, Linens + Paper: Kate Cullen