Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Flower Arranging Tips

Although some would argue there are very strict guidelines to follow, the reality is that there are just a few simple rules to follow when arranging your flowers. A bit of creative flair and following your gut instinct for what looks and feels right will make your flower arrangement special and something you're proud of.To help with the planning, follow the simple tips below to make sure your flower arrangement looks great and brings a splash of colour (and scent) to any room.
Step 1: Scale and proportion
These two elements mean that the flower arrangement should fit into its setting. By getting the proportion right, the size and quantity of the materials in the display will make sense in relation to the container in which they are placed. In terms of scale, the flower arrangement should make sense in its location (it shouldn't be too big or small for the area in which it is placed).
Step 2:
A guide to flower height
The general rule of thumb when placing flowers in a vase (or other container) is to let the vase take up 1/3 of the total height of the arrangement. For example, if you have a 30cm flower arrangement, your vase should be 10cm tall. Your flowers would then make up the additional 20cm of the flower arrangement.
Step 3: Know what you're using
One of the most important flower arranging tips is to understand what you're working with. The basic materials in a flower arrangement are split into four groups: line, dominant, secondary, and filler materials. If this means nothing to you, check out the guide below:
• Line materials: are used to set the general line direction of the arrangement. These materials generally include foliage, twigs, and tiny flowers. These should be the first materials placed in the arrangement.
• Dominant materials: these are the biggest materials in the entire arrangement and should be placed right after the line materials.
• Secondary materials: these are slightly smaller than the dominant materials and are used to help achieve shape and add to the form of the overall design. These should be placed after the dominant materials.
• Filler materials: generally consist of foliage or small flowers. These are used to fill up any extra spaces in the arrangement and should be the last material placed.
Step 4: Make sure your arrangement fits
When creating a fresh flower arrangement, you need to think about where that type of arrangement will fit best. You wouldn't want to put a stunning dining table centrepiece in a bathroom. Think about the colour scheme and style – will the flower arrangement fit in with the rest of the room decor. Lastly , will the flower arrangement be off to the side or a centrepiece? If you're making a centrepiece, be sure to get the size just right so it is in proportion but not too tall so that people have to strain to see over or around it.
Step 5: Where to place what
This is the most important step of all the flower arranging tips. There is an art to placing your materials, and if you follow these tips below you'll be thrilled with the results:
• The largest and darkest flowers are usually placed close to the base of the design.
• The smallest and lightest flowers are generally placed at the outer edges of the arrangements.
• In symmetrical arrangements, flowers should be spaced evenly throughout the arrangement.
• In asymmetrical arrangements the materials should be placed in a way that visual weight is distributed evenly throughout the display.
If you follow the above flower arranging tips, you'll be thrilled with the result. Always remember that if you like the arrangement and it makes you happy, it is a perfect arrangement.
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