The décor that you choose for your wedding will help to set the tone and create a mood. When you are looking to design an atmosphere that is sophisticated and modern, a neutral palette is ideal. A restrained mixture of neutral tones will help to create an environment that is utterly chic and elegant.
There are a variety of neutral shades that you can use in your wedding design. There are warmer tones, such as beige, café au lait, and sand, as well as cooler shades like gray, pewter, and smoke. The warmer neutrals tend to be more versatile as well as more inviting, but the cooler tones can be perfect for a modern, minimalist wedding. Colors like gray are also great when used in combination with pops of bold bright colors like canary yellow or scarlet.
When you hear "neutral", your first reaction might be "boring", and it is true that neutral shade need to be used deliberately to create the right effect. In other words, if you are using the standard issue white tablecloths provided by the caterer and adding in a beige napkin as your accent, yes, you will run the risk of décor that is bland or boring. However, if you select a custom sand linen tablecloth with a wide mocha band at the edge and layer in a patterned napkin combining the two colors, you will have a look that is sophisticated and elegant. The difference is in the addition of layering textures, tones, and patterns to create an inviting space for your reception.
With a neutral tablescape, look for flowers that will complement, rather than contrast with, the linens. Vases overflowing with hydrangea, roses, and other ivory flowers will create a lush and rich look. For a more streamlined, modern wedding, try using a single type of flower, such as white tulips or orchids. Arrange the blooms artfully in a tall square glass vase for centerpieces that are the ultimate in modern chic.