Have you noticed that flowers have a way of just showing up in your life? Whether it’s during spring when first courageous flowering snowdrops grow their way through the cold hard ground, followed by the cheerful yellow daffodils and purple crocuses. Or your dear friends bringing you flowers as a sign of love and appreciation. […]
This weekend I was at my uncle’s funeral, his circle of life was completed at the respectable age of 92. While sitting on the front bench, fully aware of all the emotions that were moving through my body, I took some time to observe the gorgeous flower arrangements that surrounded him. Three out of the four arrangements felt like they were in perfect harmony. One seemed off. Although the bouquet was stunning by itself, it felt conflicting with the others.
I found out that the 3 matching arrangements were created by the same florist and the last bouquet by another. It suddenly struck me what was off… The colors were conflicting. The three harmonious bouquets were arranged with cool colors from the same segment of the color wheel. The odd bouquet was arranged with warm colors from a different segment.
These color conflicts can unknowingly happen in your bouquets too, both in the same bouquet and in relation to its surrounding. Consider studying the color-wheel as a basis. Don’t try to memorize all the different combinations. While looking into the basics, you’ll see your gut feeling is usually right and there are easy to remember rules.
Nature as a source of inspiration
Another way to learn about color combinations is simply looking at nature itself. When you study a multi-color flower, you’ll notice nature always plays by the rules of harmony. Color combinations in the broadest sense can make or break your bouquet. Always ask yourself if the whole feels good. Is the vase in harmony with the shapes and colors of the flowers? And is the combination of flowers and vase in harmony with the space you’re decorating? And very, if not most important: How do the colors make you feel?
Colors will speak to you in many ways. Whether it’s the colors of you home, the colors in the city, in nature, and during events like funerals and weddings. Just take natures harmony as your starting point, and you’ll see you can’t go wrong!