Creating the perfect flower arrangement requires an eye for detail, skill and hours of planning. With high-end florists being exposed to the masses through social media, for example like the Fleuriste Facebook page, the competition becomes stiff and leaves no room for error. There are several things to keep in mind when making a floral arrangement, such as the occasion, the customer’s preferences, and budget. As stated in www.nytimes.com, a beautiful floral arrangement can outshine even the most expensive crystal centerpiece. However, the very basics of making a great arrangement lie in some basic principles.
The first thing to remember is that the size of any arrangement is only relative in terms of its container. When you place a large arrangement in an even larger room, it is bound to look small. However, the base of the flower arrangement should be proportionate to the style and size of the arrangement. It should also not obstruct other arrangements around it or cause disturbances to the flow of conversation. This means that if the arrangement is kept on a table, it is better to have it wide and low on the table rather than tall and lean which may bar conversation across the table.
Flowers are organic, and hence, no one can get them to be perfectly symmetrical. However, even if you intend to make an asymmetrical arrangement, care should be taken to weigh down the base appropriately to keep it mechanically and physically stable. The visual symmetry is another matter altogether. This means that the shape and color of a flower or piece of greenery affect the overall visual balance of the arrangement. Darker and rounder flowers seem to be heavier and visually give the effect of taking up more space than pastel shades and conical flowers. To make the arrangement look balanced, consider placing larger blooms towards the center or towards the lower part of the arrangement.
This key point also extends to the movement of the individual flowers in the arrangement. Having a good movement will please the eye and can be helped along with curved stems, varying the size and stages in which the blooms are cut and using a contrasting array of foliage to provide a backdrop and hide any lanky stems. Providing a gradual change between different portions of the arrangement makes it easier for viewing, especially if using contrasting elements. Consider entwining parts of contrasting pieces throughout the arrangement to provide a subtle effect. Include different types of filler flowers throughout the arrangement to close the gaps and to keep a common theme running.
It is a happy day for any florist when all the elements of an arrangement come together in harmony. Everything from the flowers and foliage to the base and accessories ties together to produce a truly magnificent masterpiece. To take it a step up, echo the sentiments of the arrangements around other parts of the room with scattered petals, table linen that matches the floral theme or adding the filler flowers to dishes if they are edible.