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Considering Color: Purple and Chartreuse

Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter 2005

Lush Purples with Chartreuse Accents
Asian style merges with a woodland air: A palette of purple, brown, and chartreuse looks sumptuous when darker colors reign and lighter ones are accents. Linens are varying shades of purple, and wooden elements -- from chairs to chargers -- help set the tone.

Faux bois vases hold sweet peas, mini calla lilies, lady's-slipper orchids, ranunculuses, dahlias, and chocolate cosmos in colors from lavender to plum to espresso; the foliage is equally colorful: Thai basil, lady's mantle, coleus, begonia leaves, hypericum berries, lavender peppers, and fiddlehead ferns.

Whimsical Chartreuse with Purple Accents
The purple, green, and brown palette is lighthearted when bright colors dominate. In this setting, inspired by European pastry shops, colorful ceramic latte cups hold green carnations, mauve roses, and dark-purple scabiosa. A tiered candy stand holds dragees in shades of lavender. Favor boxes double as place cards; their calligraphed bands are tied with thin eggplant ribbons.

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