Focus on Flowers - Tips for Artful Handmade Arrangements
Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011
When you're looking for impressive arrangements for your home, or something to share, nothing says "special occasion" quite like flowers. Kowalski's floral designers work hard year-round to create distinctive seasonal pieces that make a statement, and they're always happy to compose something custom especially for you.
We also offer Signature bouquets, floral pieces and containers perfect for those who like to experiment. At-home arrangers can make use of an easy-to-follow formula to create stunningly unique designs of their own.
3 Simple Steps for Building a Beautiful Bouquet
- Start with foundation foliage. An asymmetrical shape looks purposefully playful, not fussy or overdone. Be sure to cover the lip of your container and leave a little room for flowers. Options for the holidays include: Seeded eucalyptus, cedar, Italian Ruscus, fir, spruce and pine branches.
- Add feature flowers. These are the "stars" of your display – usually larger, more dramatic and more colorful than anything else in it. Use just one type for a cleaner look, or use 2-3 different stems in complimentary colors or shades of the same color. Experiment with cutting the stems at varying heights and arranging the flowers in the container in a slightly irregular pattern. Use seasonal selections such as: Sunflowers, hydrangeas, gerbera daisies and roses.
- Tuck in some delicate accents. Vines, ferns, fronds of varying lengths tucked in between the feature flowers add dimension and texture to a finished arrangement. Look for these wintry wisps: Rose hips, winterberry, dogwood twigs, lily grass, curly willow and ivy.
Other Tips for Arrangement Success
- Consider a mass of spare groupings in bud vases. They don't have to match!
- Go for colored glass or non-glass containers to hide unattractive stem "chaos."
- Use narrow-necked vases. They'll help support an arrangement that would otherwise flop in a wide-mouthed one.
- Use a container no more than 8" tall for a centerpiece so your guests (and you!) can converse over it with ease.
- Don't be afraid to use greenery as the star of your display. Use leafy items near the mouth of your container, taller stems slightly off center and wispy fronds of varying lengths in the holes and spilling out and down.
- Try a one-color bouquet. They're clean, classic simplicity defined.