Flower arranging basics

2 Jan

I’ve already told you how much Hannah and Daniel love flowers. Unfortunately, their idea of a nice flower arrangement is a couple of half torn flowers shoved in a little hot pink plastic Barbie tea cup.

Maybe with some of these tips, brought to you by Interflora, they can help me make a nice arrangement

Custom flower arrangements can be quite expensive, however, a little practice will help anyone who wants to do it on their own and save money instead. Before doing so, you should understand the basics of flower arranging. It is important to know how to choose the flower arrangement style that can either be formal or informal.


Choosing the Arrangement Style

• Formal

A few contrasting colors or monotones are classified as formal arrangement styles. They often come with an ornament container.

• Informal

Informal flower arrangements involve more colors and flowers with looser symmetry. They need more whimsical containers.

Selecting the Floral Color Scheme

Both the flowers and the container must have a well-defined color scheme. The following are basic guidelines used to achieve this.

• If a monotone flower arrangement is desired, it is best to pick plant materials in single shades. Common choices are roses with colors that can be light pink or medium to dark pink. As long as the colors come from the same shade, they will work out fine. Let the color wheel help you.

• Contrasting colors are also among the favourites of many. This is because they create a more exciting outcome. This is also referred to as a complimentary color scheme. A great example would be orange and blue with a little purplish or greenish twist. These colors are extremely fun and can match multiple shades.

• Opting for a related color scheme is also great. This means combining colors that are near each other on the color wheel. This may include purple with blue or red and orange. It may be challenging to achieve this kind of style as there are many shades involved. With a color wheel on hand, no one can ever go wrong.

Balance, Shape and Symmetry

Balance and symmetry are essential in creating a formal or informal flower arrangement. The most common arrangement is oval shaped. They are usually done with roses, and they appear to be more formal. On the other hand, those that are arranged loosely where there are long and short-stemmed flowers or unevenly fixed imply an informal style. They appear to be more casual. The flower’s shape is the basis of symmetry and balance. People who are just starting out with flower arrangements should understand how the shape affects the other factors.

Matching the Container

Generally, a clear crystal container works best with a formal arrangement while the more whimsical ones are for informal styles. It is important to take into account that different containers can create a big change in the project’s outcome. One of the most common mistakes is to use a very nice container that end up being hidden by the flowers.

Flower Selection

The most important thing above all is the choice of flowers. There are a number of flowers to choose from. However, there are only four components that a potential hobbyist should bear in mind. This includes the focal flowers that are generally unique, tall and large. Intermediate flowers are usually one-third shorter than the focal flowers. Meanwhile, filler flowers solidify the color scheme and the filler plant material that can be bark pieces or grass. Flowers with thick stems are easier to work, but not all growers supply thick stemmed cut flowers. Australian flower shop; Interflora generally has thicker stemmed, beautifully cut flowers ready to work with. Remember to remove any thorns before you begin, and you’ll surely create something wonderful and fun.

Flower arrangement by Interflora

Flower arrangement by Interflora

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2 Responses to “Flower arranging basics”

  1. LBcruiseshipblogger January 2, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    This blog needs a photo of an arrangement done by you and the kids!

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