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ARRANGING FLOWERS

Color, Color, Color

Color not only creates a visual statement, but sets the mood and communicates emotion.  When arranging flowers it is best to choose a color scheme that appeals to you and the gift recipient.  The possibility of color combinations is endless and inspiration can come from countless sources. 

The most modern approach is to use a monochromatic color scheme.  This style uses the shades and tints of a singular color, whether it be a variety of flowers or a simple bouquet of the same flower.  An example would be to pair white roses with white lilies or to elegantly arrange a group of stunning red roses.

Another option is to use complementary colors when arranging.  These are colors that create a contrast with both warm and cool hues.  An example of this would be to pair red gerbera daisies with white or lavender roses.

A third option is to choose a color scheme and use colors that are in harmony.  This means that the colors are either all warm colors, such as yellow asiatic lilies and orange roses; or cool colors, such as blue hydrangea and lavender roses.

No matter what color scheme or style you choose, if the flowers are fresh and at full bloom they are sure to make a statement; whether it be a bouquet full of cheer, romance, or compassion.

Taking Shape

When receiving a bouquet of flowers or choosing the perfect flowers to enhance your living space, it is important know a little something about arrangement and style.  If arranged properly your bouquet will bring you enjoyment for many days and add to the beauty of each bloom.

Today’s floral designs are more natural and unstructured.  Although there are many different shapes that can be formed when arranging a bouquet, below are some common and popular shapes.

Domed – the flowers are tightly massed within a vessel to have a domed effect on top, the outer edge looking smooth and seamless.

Straight & Tall – tall, straight-stemmed flowers in tall, straight vases.  This usually shows off the beauty of the stem, as well as the bloom. 

Free-form – working with the natural curvature of each stem for loose and informal appeal.

Grouped – a similar group of flowers (whether it be in color or in texture) are grouped in a cluster, usually in a small vase.

There are also many different techniques to arranging flowers.  Most people arrange directly into the vase.  This is an easy and spontaneous way to create.  You can also use what is called spiraling technique. This is done in the hands and creates a more structured arrangement that locks into place.  Instructions for this technique as is follows:

  1. Hold the first stem at its middle.
  2. Angle the second stem diagonally.
  3. Decide whether to add foliage as you go along or at the end.
  4. Continue to add stems diagonally creating a spiral at the middle.
  5. When you are satisfied with your creation cut the stem 1 inch off the bottom and place in container.

The Perfect Vase

The possibilities for the perfect container for your flowers are endless in today’s home décor market.  There are a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, textures and materials from which to choose depending on your home and the type of bouquet you are creating.

When selecting a vase for your bouquet, keep in mind that the size of the opening will reflect the overall look of your arrangement.  A small opening will create a tight compact arrangement, whereas a large opening will allow your flowers to spread apart creating a fuller, more casual look.

Trumpet, Cylindrical
These shapes are the easiest to use as they have a tight bottom to hold stems in place and a wider opening to allow the stems to splay.  Perfect for the novice floral arranger, these vases beautifully display varieties with long narrow stems and large blooms, such as roses, lilies or hydrangea.

A tall trumpet vase, such as the Vera Wang 10” With Love Vase, allows a beautiful rose bouquet to casually splay while a cylindrical vase, such as the Vera Wang 12” Fidelity Vase, is the perfect way to display lush hydrangea clusters.

Rectangle, Square
Because they are available in a variety of heights, these shapes work very well with all types of flowers.  A clear vase can highlight the beauty of a bloom with an elegant stem, like calla lilies, while an opaque vase adds drama and accentuates the blooms themselves.

Tightly packed flowers in a geometric vase, such as the Vera Wang 10"; Cabochon Vase, can add a touch of modernity and style to any environment.

Hourglass, Narrow-Waisted
This is a wonderful vase shape that works with the natural curvature of each stem.  The shape of the vase offers more balance than a trumpet vase and, therefore, can accommodate varieties with heavier blooms.  Perfect for a large number of varieties, this shape is another great option for the novice floral arranger.

The curvature of an hourglass vase will add a touch of grace and elegance to a beautiful mixed arrangement while a more geometric vase with a nipped waist will add a more modern touch.

Bud
A bud vase is the best way to highlight a single bloom or a small bunch of flowers.  They are available in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be worked into any décor.  Place a single bloom in a bud vase for your bedside table or try a grouping of bud vases with single stems in them as a whimsical centerpiece for a dining table.

A graceful calla lily or a small nosegay placed in a Vera Wang Love Knots Bud Vase is the perfect way to bring the perfection of a floral bloom into your home.

Round, Fishbowl
The squat shape and small opening of these spherical vases are the perfect way to highlight a domed arrangement or flowers that grow in clusters, such as hydrangea.  Round vases are very versatile in that they can add elegance to a traditional mixed arrangement or modernity to a monochromatic bouquet of roses.

A tight bouquet of white peonies in a Vera Wang Duchesse Rose Bowl adds a fragrant and feminine accent to any room.

Size & Proportion:

The size of the arrangement will determine what size container you select to complement it.  A general rule of thumb is that the size of the vase should be one-half to one-third the size of the total arrangement.  For example, an 18” rose bouquet requires a 6-9” vase.

Other Tips:
Be sure to keep in mind the following guidelines when selecting the perfect vase to complement your flowers.

  • Make sure the container you select has the appropriate water capacity to suit the type and quantity of the flowers.
  • Remember that the vase should always be in harmony with the flowers they hold.  If the bouquet is bright and colorful, select a vase that will not overshadow the blooms.  Find a vase of a complementary color to draw attention to the flowers.  Neutral or muted tones are always a safe bet.  A vase of a contrasting color can add a modern touch but make sure all elements work in harmony and do not clash with the flowers.

Create Your Look

When arranging flower remember it should be a personal expression.  Do not be influenced by what others have done in the past, but use new textures, different containers, and fun color combinations to make it your own.  Below are some tips and  ideas that may inspire your next arrangement:

  • Add natural rock, seaglass, or crystal beads to the bottom of the vase to enhance the look and add color and flair to the overall arrangement.
  • Pair the container with a visible underlayer, such as a tray or colored piece of glass to both complement and enhance the overall display.
  • Use greens to showcase the blooms instead of hide them.
  • When designing a centerpiece keep the blooms low, so as not to block the view across the table.
  • Choose flowers that are seasonal and available, creating a celebration of each season.
  • Experiment with pairing different textures to create unique and distinct designs, such as gerbera daisies and hydrangea or roses and calla lilies.
  • Tie a ribbon or raffia around the neck of the vase or wrap a large leaf inside the vase for an extra accent to your piece.
Any container can serve as a vase!  Use containers that you love and that belong in your home… a teapot, a decorative pitcher, a soup tureen or an antique vessel can be used to hold flowers.

Flowers create a colorful language that brings expression to the heart's intention.

Flowers can bring beauty to your personal space and can transform your mood with their color and fragrance..
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