Floral Arrangements for Your Home
When you strategically place a floral arrangement in an entrance way or room, the floral arrangement will draw the visitor's eye. A properly chosen floral arrangement will also add depth and beauty to the space it occupies.
Where to begin; the first step in selecting a floral arrangement for your home is to determine the purpose that it will serve.
Is the arrangement a centerpiece for a special dinner? Is it to be placed in the foyer to greet your guests as they arrive or will it be a more permanent fixture in living room or den?
You can use ferns, dried flowers and fresh flowers for your arrangement. The flowers are the usual focal point and provide the obvious beauty with ferns and foliage often playing a supporting role.
You need to consider the inherent qualities of the flowers size, shape, colour, for example, when creating your arrangement. You are working with natural colours, shapes and textures and you need to let these elements speak for themselves rather than imposing a sense of order upon them.
Think of your function as artistic and you, the designer, are charged with bringing the elements together to create a visible harmony.
Once you know where the arrangement will be placed you can begin to choose the flowers and other elements of your composition. If you are seeking to create a dramatic display for that special occasion or a more relaxed day-to-day setting this choice will determine the size, shape and colour scheme that will allow the arrangement to complement its site.
When it comes to making your colour choices use the colour wheel to guide you. The colour wheel is composed of primary and secondary colours and each segment of colour represents a whole family of tints (colour plus white), shades (colour plus black), and tones (colour plus grey.) If you are new to flower arranging then I suggest you experiment first to develop your skill.
Triadic Colour Schemes:
This is a colour scheme that is based upon orange, violet and green. These are secondary colours that that when used together form a triadic colour scheme because they are equidistant from each other on the colour wheel.
If you want, you can put red, yellow and blue together for a strong triadic combination or if you want the effect to be more subtle then work with shades of orange, violet and green.
There are other colour schemes that you can work with such as; complementary and analogous which use related colours to achieve its overall effect.
The Circular Flower Arrangement:
The circular arrangement works well with baby’s breath, chrysanthemums, white lilac, lily and Peruvian lily, for example. The bay’s breath is sued to establish the shape and the white lilac next to strengthen the shape.
You add white chrysanthemums, orange lilies and pink and green Peruvian lilies. This is an example; you can play with the colours to suit your needs.
I suggest that if this is your first time at trying your hand at arranging your own flowers then the circular arrangement is where to begin.
Flower arranging may seem simple at first when you look at an already finished work but it does take some skill, knowledge and patience to achieve the look that is just right for your purpose.
- Colour wheel
The Colour Wheel helps us understand the use of colour in art and design. The Colour wheel shows primary, secondary, warm, cool and complementry colours.
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