Buttons: In the Orchestra Pit, or On Stage?

Buttons: In the Orchestra Pit, or On Stage?

 

 

Berry Chatham with White Carnival Buttons
Berry Chatham with White Carnival Buttons

Have you ever wondered if you should stick with the background color when choosing buttons for a print? We encountered this question recently while selecting buttons to feature with the lovely Chatham printed cotton. The answer? It all depends.

Do you want your buttons to be out of the limelight, quietly playing their part, like a musician in an orchestra pit? Then choose buttons that match the background of the fabric. They can be of a shape and size that enhances the garment, but they won’t be attention-getters. In the photo above, the while Carnival buttons fade quietly into the background, supporting the print but not upstaging it.

On the other hand, do you want your buttons to be more prominent in the design? If so, you’ll need buttons that blend in with or match a color in the print.

Kiwi Chatham Cotton with Lime Carnival Buttons
Kiwi Chatham Cotton with Lime Carnival Buttons

 

We chose the lime color of Carnival buttons for the green colorway of Chatham cotton. Notice they blend with the lighter tones in the print. This will be much more harmonious than if they were darker. They will stand out a bit on the white background, but not so much that they scream for attention. They will support the print in a louder way than the white buttons would, becoming an integral part of the composition. If carefully chosen, your buttons will play a supporting role, allowing the print to be the star.

So, it’s up to you. In the orchestra pit, or on stage?