9 Style Secrets for Arranging Flowers Like a Pro

Have you ever wondered why your flower arrangements pale in comparison to the lush, eye-popping florals you see on social media and in pro flower arrangements and centerpieces? Putting flowers into a vase may seem straightforward, but make no mistake; it's an actual art form. That means, you can master this skill, and with these flower bouquet arrangement tips and a little practice, you too can learn how to arrange artistically!

Floral design is guided by seven principles: balance, emphasis, harmony, proportion, rhythm, unity, and scale. Considering each of these as you create an arrangement will undoubtedly lead to a more expert-looking display. Read on to learn how to use the principles of flower arrangement and other simple tools to create farm-fresh floral displays that you can be proud of.

The Elements of Floral Design
Balance

There are two aspects to balance in floral arranging. The first is physical balance. Let's take long-stemmed flowers, such as bird of paradise, ginger, and lilies. These tend to be top heavy, so you need to place them in a vessel that's stable and hefty enough not to tip over. Visual balance refers to the way an arrangement appears balanced to the viewer, even if it is asymmetrical. Making sure that strong visual elements are counterbalanced or mirrored on both sides of an arrangement helps keep your design from looking lopsided.

Emphasis

A huge part of creating balance is using emphasis to draw the eye to different points in an arrangement. Most designs use one main focal point as the primary feature. You can create emphasis through form, size, color, or texture. This eye-catching focal point can consist of a dominant single element, contrasting color schemes, or a grouping of elements.

Harmony and Unity

These design principles are closely related, yet distinctly separate. Harmony is created by using a selection of colors, textures, and materials in a design that all work together. Your job is to make sure that the vessel and any additional elements you include in your arrangement all contribute to the whole. A design achieves unity when all the parts combine to make a display that feels like one piece, with no part standing out or looking out of place.

Proportion and Scale

Again, two elements that are similar but not the same. Proportion is a reference to how the different sizes of elements in an arrangement relate to each other: the foliage, flowers, container, and other pieces used in a design. For a balanced look, aim for the floral design to be one-and-a-half to two times the size (height or width) of the container. Every large element should be offset with an equally large element or groupings of equivalent size. And remember that groupings of odd numbers are always more pleasing to the eye than even numbers. Scale simply refers to the size relationship between the floral piece and the setting it's intended for. The general rule is to not overwhelm an intimate space with a massive arrangement or underwhelm a massive space with a too-small design.

Rhythm

As you might have guessed, rhythm is the way that color, material, form, texture, and space are used to create visual flow and movement in an arrangement. Visual elements move the viewer’s gaze around an arrangement, ultimately bringing it to rest back on the main focal point.

Techniques for Creating Standout Arrangements
Select and Prepare Materials Well

The first step in creating a floral arrangement is to choose an appropriate container. Assess your floral materials and determine what type of look, feel, and proportion you want as your end result. Once you’ve selected a container, sterilize the inside thoroughly to help protect your stems from bacteria and fungus, which will shorten the life of your flowers.

With your container prepped, next, you will prepare your stems. Remove all leaves that will be beneath the water line in your container. Cut each stem at a 45-degree angle while holding it underwater before placing it in the container. Country Greenery pick-and-pack flowers are already as fresh as they come, but taking a few small extra steps can add days to your arrangement’s life.

Build In Layers

Work methodically, layering carefully to build a successful arrangement. Begin with foliage, and then add structural elements, using your larger, more open blooms first, saving the tallest stems with the tightest bud form for last. This will both create natural character and visual movement while helping your floral display last a bit longer. 

Add Unexpected Elements

You can punch up the visual impact of an arrangement by incorporating nontraditional elements. Flowering fruit branches, stems of artichokes, cattails, or stalks of grain are examples of botanical elements that can add style to your floral design. Dipping into your creativity is fun, and unexpected elements add delight to arrangements. You may have to get creative with how you anchor unusually shaped fruits or stems, which brings us to...

Create Invisible Structure

Expert florists use a variety of professional tools to make their arrangements work. Fashioning a tape grid or a chicken wire ball can make the difference between an unwieldy design and one that stays put perfectly. Tape grids are laid out across the openings of clear glass vases to help support stems: Lay several strips of tape in one direction and several more perpendicularly to create a grid. This grid keeps stems from flopping outward and makes building a shape easier. A chicken wire support serves the same function and you make it by creating a ball of wire and placing it inside the container to provide a structure to hold stems in place.

With a small investment of time and effort, you can take your arrangements from meh to marvelous and have all your guests asking who your floral designer is. To add a little mystique to the mix, just tell them her name is Alma...


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