Pretty: Floral Arrangement Basics
Written by: Allison Swan
Designing your own floral arrangement may seem like a daunting task, but with a little practice, you can become your own florist! Here are the basic guidelines to help you create your own elegant arrangement.
Mix scale. If you choose a larger single bloom like a rose or tulip, it's nice to offset it with a flower that clusters together lots of smaller blooms, like a hydrangea or lilac.
Use complimenting colors. Pick flowers that go together and stay within that color story. For example, try all cool tones, warm tones, or variations of pink.
Put like flowers together. Your flowers should feel like they've been picked from the same garden or the same state.
Choose a green and stick with it. You don't want the greens on the flower to not match the greenery you've selected for the arrangement. Choose elements that complement one another, or strip the bloom from the stem to make it cohesive.
Experiment with vases. Standard glass vases are nice, but don't be afraid to get creative with your vessel. Just be sure that what you choose isn’t too wide or shallow.
Use a guide to create your masterpiece. Whether it's florist foam or making a tape grid across the top of the container, it's crucial to keep your stems in place.
Trim stems in two groups. Flowers that outline the rim of the vase should be just a bit longer than the vase itself. Flowers in the center should be a tiny bit longer than the outer flowers to create a nicely rounded bouquet silhouette.
Lastly, fill your vase with warm, NOT cold water to encourage your flowers to drink up.