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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: