How to Flatlay | Colour grouping

BY Wita | 22/02/2017 | Blog Biz
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How to Flatlay: Colour Grouping | DEISGN IS YAY!

Flatlay is all the rage in the creative, inspiring, colourful or monochromatic insta world, and looks like it’s here to stay. I believe that everyone can flatlay, because there is no right or wrong in the rules of flatlay styling. My flatlay reflects the two things that I love: stationery and colours. But how do you make a flatlay that looks easy on the eyes? The answer is balance and harmony. Even if you are into messy flatlays, you still need to have balance. I will give you some tips on how to flatlay, and this time it’s about colour-grouping.

Pick a Theme

Before you begin to flatlay, pick a theme in mind. It can be of the same colour, combination of few different colours, monochromatic, seasonal, or anything else that you like. With this flatlay I’m showing you here, I’ve picked a colour theme, which is blue.

Pick your items

Pick your favourite items that goes with the theme. I’ve collected some of my favourite blue things. Put them on a plain white table or base. As you are collecting the items, you can see the items that will go together and the ones that don’t. When collecting items, you should have items in a few categories: main items (the eye-catcher), long horizontal items, long vertical items, and fillers.
Main items are the most important items to choose, they are usually bigger items like notebooks or shoes. Even if they are small, they should be significant, like a very unique toy.
Long items work as separator between the bigger items. They could be writing tools, chopsticks, utensils, or stretched out washi tapes and ribbons. Long items can also be a combination of smaller items carefully lined up.
Filler pieces are small items that will fill the gaps. They should not be too significant and should blend in with the rest of the items. For me, paper clips and confetti works best as fillers. You can also use little leaves, small-sized sweets like macarons, or jewelleries.

Arrange your main items

First, arrange your main items. If you have a rectangular large item, put it in one of the corners. If you have another large item, it should be placed diagonally across from the first one to balance it out. Small main item should be placed within the centre.

Place the long items to separate sections

Now place the long items as section separator between the main items. They can be placed horizontally or vertically. They create a sense of order within the flatlay.

Fill the gaps with fillers

After having all your main items and separator items together, you will see small gaps here and there. That’s where your fillers should be. If your flatlay has been neatly and orderly styled so far, filler will create a little mess to balance out the whole look. Place your fillers in a way that they will look a bit messy. It’s okay to have them overlapped or tilted within their little spaces.

I hope you learn something from my post! There are so many flatlay styles on instagram, once you’ve mastered the basics, you will soon be able to experiment with your own flatlay styling. Just look at these flatlay queens on instagram, with their own significant styles:

@designbyaikonik : monochrome (with bits of colour) fashion and beauty
@luxeandthelady : cute handmade food
@taramilktea : colourful and stylish travel dreaming
@_hello_g_ : sweet pastels
@charuca : stationery flatlay queen

Who are your favourite flatlay queens?

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