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How to Choose the Perfect Colors for Your Balloon Garland

When it comes to party decorations, balloon garlands have taken the world by storm. Balloon garlands are not only Instagram-worthy but also a fantastic way to add a pop of color and excitement to any event! 

If you begin looking for balloon garland inspiration, you will see many fabulous and over-the-top designs. However, choosing the perfect colors for your balloon garland can be a daunting task with the plethora of options available. Depending on the type of party, you must consider all of the details, such as the party theme, aesthetics, and venue. Once you can lay out all of your options, you will have an idea of how to choose the perfect colors for your balloon garland. 

Balloon garlands have become an increasingly popular decoration for all kinds of events, from weddings to birthday parties to corporate events. These fun displays can add a whimsical touch to any space, but it’s important to choose the right colors for your event. 

Seven Things to Consider When Deciding on Balloon Garland Colors

In this blog, I’ll guide you through the process of selecting the ideal color scheme for your balloon garland, ensuring that it’s Pinterest-perfect and suits your unique style. 

1. Start with a Theme or Occasion

The first step in choosing the perfect colors for your balloon garland is to consider the theme or occasion of your event. Are you throwing a birthday party, a baby shower, a work event, or a casual get-together with friends?

The theme or occasion will greatly influence the color choices of your balloon garland. For instance, a baby shower might call for soft pastels, while a birthday party could be more vibrant and bold in its color scheme. From work conferences to proms to baby showers, you have a variety of styles to choose from to match your event theme. 

Photo by @bebellabysam

Once you have your inspiration, make a list of preferred colors and other details that may be incorporated into your event. If you hire a party planner, be sure to deliver your ideas so they know exactly the style you are going for! 

2. Consider the Venue

Next, take into account the venue where you’ll be setting up the balloon garland. Is it an indoor or outdoor space? What are the existing colors and decor in the venue? 

You want your balloon arch to complement the surroundings, not clash with them. If the venue has a particular color scheme, try to incorporate those colors into your garland for a cohesive look. 

Design by @lovelyeventdesignn 

For venues, you have a wide variety of options. From homes and restaurants to unique experiences, like a brewery, a boutique cafe, or a vineyard. Depending on the type of party you are planning, you have an assortment to choose from.

Be clear in your expectations from the venue. Most of the time there is a contract involved, which will include details such as whether decorations are permitted and how extravagant they can be! Once you decide on a space, you will be able to plan accordingly. 

3. Embrace Color Trends

Keeping up with the current color trends can help you create a modern and visually appealing balloon arch. For example, in recent years, pastel shades, muted earthy tones, and metallic accents have been all the rage. 

Incorporating trendy colors into your garland can give it a fresh and fashionable vibe. Trending colors at the moment are neutral boho shades and monochromatic color combinations.


Design by @theconfetticornerparty

The event theme you choose will also direct you towards certain color trends. Not only narrowing down your choices but making it easier.  

Embracing color trends will give you plenty of inspiration to choose from on Instagram and Pinterest. It will also ensure that stores and professionals will have the colors on hand for your event. 

In a rainbow of colors, no matter the color trend you choose, our custom balloon garland builder can help you pick the perfect colors! 

4. Mix and Match

Don’t be afraid to mix and match colors to create a visually stunning and dynamic balloon arch. Combining different shades within the same color family or contrasting colors can add depth and dimension to your decoration. 

A popular approach is to use a primary color as a base and then add complementary or contrasting colors as accents. Depending on your themed party you will have a variety of color options to choose from. Even if the party has a neutral color scheme, you will have many beautiful options as well. 

If you have chosen a more unique theme, then you can customize your colors to match accordingly. Or if you are having a difficult time picking out your colors, this blog will help you determine what colors look best together. 

When picking your color scheme, you can also mix and match bright colors with white and black tones to make your backdrop pop! Consider the venue backdrop, are you working with all-white walls, a brick building, or is it outside and everything is green? Depending on your venue space, you don’t want everything to blend, you will want to make a statement with your decorations.


Check out our mix-and-match balloon kits here

5. Personal Preferences

Your personal preferences matter! Consider what colors resonate with you and make you feel happy. Your balloon garland should reflect your style and personality. 


Event stylist/coordinator @hautehousekids
Balloon artist @xceptionalballoons @raleighpopballoons
Photographer @annnagracephoto

If you have a favorite color or a particular color combination that you find aesthetically pleasing, don’t hesitate to incorporate it into your garland. This is also true for the theme, whether you want a trendy or classic theme, be sure to choose one that you will be happy with.

How do you want the party to flow? Will you have an Instagram-worthy backdrop? All of your personal preferences should be incorporated into your theme in the best way possible! 

6. Use Color Psychology

Color psychology can be a valuable tool in selecting the perfect colors for your balloon arch. Different colors evoke various emotions and moods. For instance, blue is calming, red is energizing, and green is refreshing. 

Depending on the atmosphere you want to create at your event, you can choose colors that align with the desired emotional response. 


Design by @ao.balloons

The colors you choose for your balloon garland can also impact the size. If you’re going for a monochromatic look, you may need fewer balloons than if you’re using a variety of colors. This is because the eye tends to pick up on contrasting colors more easily than similar ones. 

Even if you are not choosing a color based on psychology, it is important to take it into account for the overall vibe of your event. If you are planning a work event, then you want to give the right connotation and the message you are sending. 

7. Don’t Forget About Neutrals

While bold and vibrant colors are eye-catching, neutrals can play a crucial role in balancing the color palette of your balloon arch. White, ivory, beige, and gray balloons can provide a clean and elegant backdrop, allowing the brighter colors to pop even more. 

We love a neutral monochromatic look, it makes a stunning statement with your other decorations and serves as a beautiful backdrop. 


Photo by @evla_designs

Embrace the neutral shades and pair them with natural materials like pampas grass or white palm leaves. Depending on your party theme, you will have a variety of neutral tones and textures to choose from. 

You can also use neutral tones as the base and add a pop of color for a fun birthday or milestone celebration. 

As with any theme, select a neutral theme that resonates with your personal style. Mixed shades work well with baby showers and wedding events you have planned. Choosing a neutral color scheme brings a chic look that all of your guests will love. 


If you want to embrace this fun and festive trend, then choosing the right balloon garland colors for your event requires careful consideration. 

With a bit of planning, you can create a stunning decoration that perfectly suits your theme, venue, and personal style. Whether you opt for a pastel paradise or a bold and vibrant explosion of color, your balloon garland will undoubtedly be a hit at your event and with your guests!

If you need help choosing a theme or would like to create a custom balloon theme, please check out our balloon kit options! 

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Happy Planning!

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