‘Greenery’ was chosen as Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year and we are a big fan! Greenery signifies fresh beginnings: healthier food resolutions and the go green environmental movement. Although not a revolutionary idea for 2017, there is a growing desire to reconnect with nature and find ways to disconnect from technology and bring this tranquility into your home. As our daily lives continue to get busier we need our homes to be a break from the intensity, a calming space, a retreat or sanctuary. In line with the greenery theme for the year, we have also focused on a more lush tropical / botanical look and feel in store. Incorporating succulent plants into your home is more popular now than ever as they are low maintenance and allow for a tranquil ambience.
For many years, there has been a movement away from tight, symmetrical dome shaped bouquets, which have a more formal feel. No matter what your bud choice is, flowers should show their natural gestures and therefore a swing to more unstructured arrangements are far more popular and will allow for unrestricted beauty.
Artificial Vs Fresh Floral
It goes without saying that the longevity of artificial flowers makes them not only cost effective but creates all year round satisfaction. The quality of artificial flowers has come a long way in the last few years. If chosen correctly faux flowers are no longer dated and depressing, they are vibrant, eye catching and especially the tropicals and succulents which have a ‘real touch’ feel. The attention to detail is nothing short of amazing in quality artificals.
I love the ability to shape and mould them as you please to suite an arrangement, switch them in and out to create different looks for different seasons or occasions.
TIP Combine artificial with fresh flowers. The artificial flowers will give you longevity and often volume, whilst fresh flowers placed artistically inside will create the illusion of an entirely fresh arrangement. And the smell will be deceiving.
CRAFTING YOUR ARRANGEMENT
Before Your Begin
- Selecting your florals can be based on an occasion, season, a particular vase, or you may simply love a particular look. Before you begin, have an idea of the arrangement you want to achieve and your vase options, this will guide you with quantity estimations. Have a consistent theme not only with your arrangement but also throughout your home. It will create the illusion of a large seamless space.
- Establish an anchor colour and palette. Identify stems that work together and that have different compositions. This will create texture, depth and unity. If in doubt, colour block. Work with 3-5 different florals of the same hue but in different textures, composition and heights and you cant go wrong.
Step One | Selecting Your Vessel
- In addition to standard vases, scan your home for interesting vessels that can work as a vase and let your creativity start here.. consider: mercury/silver/pewter vessels, ginger jars, champaign buckets, decanters, kitchen canisters, tea cups, watering cans, pitchers/ jugs, vintage milk bottles, tea tins, wooden crates (ask your local wine store for wine crates). They will add character and charm to your arrangement.
- Make the vessel work for your arrangement or vice versa – if it is a blue and white ginger jar you can draw stems with blue hues, if it’s a copper pot opt for warmer florals. The effect will be more sophisticated and harmonious.
- Create an eclectic look with multiple vessels of varying heights. Taller vases, pitchers, cake stands.
Step Two | Build The Foundation
- Start arranging against a blank background so you can see the silhouette.
- Select the three strongest/core stems to provide structure to the arrangement and establish its basic geometry. As a rule, the tallest stem should be about 1.5 x the height of the vase.
- If your vase is low and wide like a champagne bucket I recommend a block of floral foam. Then create the arrangement’s outline: Use the bigger stems and leaves first followed by fillers and blooms to form a unstructured arc. If using artificials simply bend, or cut fresh stems at different lengths to create the undulating outline.
Step Three | Focus on your Key Stems
- Place your most fabulous/ favourite flowers among your core stems and try to avoid placing these stems right in the centre, and angle more to one side or another to aim for an asymmetrical look rather than pyramid. This will add character, movement and a more contemporary unstructured look.
- Next, fill the inner section with softer stems that are shortish, keeping one side dense and the other airy.
- Last but not least, ensure you have some cascading stems for effect.
SUMMARY / TIPS
- Establish an anchor colour. This can simply be personal preference, seasonal influence, or drawn from the vase/vessel, interior décor or artwork.
- If in doubt, colour block. Work with 3-5 different florals of the same hue but in different textures, composition and heights and you cant go wrong.
- Balance – Ensure your select the appropriate vessel for your arrangement. Your tallest stem should be approximately 1.5 x the height of your vase.
- Grouping – For an eclectic, vintage look, group the same type stems together in one vase, and have multiple variations. This is a great idea if you want to deconstruct an arrangement you may have had around for a while and looking for a fresh new look.
- Flowers on a dining table for a dinner party, paired with an abundance of candles are essential to create ambiance.
- Texture – from florals to berries, succulents, to foliage, texture creates depth and keeps it dynamic.
- Unstructured is a good thing – promotes unrestrained beauty.
- For a cost effective option: Try a low circular vase and wrap 2 – 3 stems inside to create a minimalist, contemporary look.
- To prevent taller pieces from flopping over the rim of a smaller vase, try tying the stems together underneath the blooms.
Tablescaping – Tips
- Coffee Tables: keep the arrangements low and solid to avoid it looking unbalanced and overpowering the coffee table.
- Sideboards/ Consoles/ Table centrepiece – Don’t be afraid to get big and bold. These are the perfect spaces to create height in your room and make a statement. Alternatively simple vessels create impact in odd numbered multiples.
- Dinner table – For dinner parties, keep the large centrepiece arrangement on the table until its time to be seated and then move to a sideboard so people can easily see one another. For those arrangements that will remain on the table keep the vases and stems on the shorter side so guests can see across the table. Group stems in variety of different vases of differing styles and sizes and combine with candles for amazing ambiance.
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