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Floral arts have been around for ages (just look at a few of our archival issues), but for anyone who’s exhausted their to-do list of tie-dye crafts and sourdough starters, the prospect of preparing a tidy bouquet might actually feel like a fresh idea. Whether it’s a star centerpiece or a little touch of everyday style, a charming rod set can be a beautiful and easy way to channel your creativity and uplift your spirit.
But as anyone who has tried to put together a thoughtful flower arrangement knows, not all decisions are as easy as they seem. Luckily for you, Good Housekeeping editors have worked with their fair share of flowers. So we’ve handpicked the brains (and even the taste buds) of our pros for a set of interdisciplinary advice to help you tap into your inner florist. Read on to discover the easiest ways to make your next bouquet an arrangement that will inspire you in every way.
Set the tone with color
The star of every bouquet is the color and that should be one of the most important considerations in any arrangement you choose. “Most professionals suggest sticking to flowers that are very close to each other on the color wheel,” says Monique Valeris, senior home editor. So when in doubt, go for a mix of tonal options such as classic white assortments or a bright blend of warmer hues that will ensure consistency in your arrangement.
That said, unexpected pops of color or contrast can be a wonderful opportunity to add personality to your bouquet. Taking inspiration from seasonal inspiration or drawing inspiration from your individual style is the perfect way to give a bouquet a personal feel. “Make sure you have fun with your arrangements,” adds Valeris, “because it’s about showcasing your aesthetic.”
Focus on balance
Like many other living things, flowers have the power to radiate energy in a space. Balancing your arrangement with its surroundings is essential for your bouquet to live harmoniously with you or the recipient. Valeris has used flowers to spark some joy in her home workspace and notes that, “like painting or lighting, flowers can change the mood of a room. For example, a large multi-color arrangement can add drama to a space, while a compact monochrome bouquet, or even a single stem in an elegant container, can give an air of sophisticated elegance. For a soft visual statement that can complement any space, opt for well-matched bouquets that are cut closer to the vase. If you are looking for a more lively vibe, choose a large arrangement which when cut will take on a freer spirit when it unfolds.
“Your choice of vase is just as important as the flowers you choose to put in it,” adds Valeris. So don’t forget to consider what’s under your flowers. Our experts recommend letting the season dictate the vase. So, for the summer, consider mason jars or an oversized jug. In winter, try experimenting with stronger materials like marble or wood that will naturally enhance your layout.
Consider all the senses
Beyond their aesthetics, the scent of a flower can also influence our sense of taste. “If you plan to dress your table with flowers, be sure to take a whiff before you just place them in the center,” says Chief Food Director Kate Merker. “The flowers are beautiful and many have incredible scents – some are very sweet and others more assertive – meaning they could complement or interfere with the aroma and taste of whatever you serve.” To decorate a table, Ms. Merker favors the fragrant flowers of lavender, daisies, carnations and dahlias, which tend to go well with her dishes and can sometimes add an extra dimension to the dining experience.
Supplementing foods with flowers can be tricky, but when paired successfully (even as a decoration or ingredient), the result is guaranteed to provide a wow factor every time. For an effortlessly beautiful and expertly composed way of weaving the senses together, turn to the new FruitFlowers by Edible Arrangements. Not only are all the combinations of flowers and delicious chocolate coated fruit designed to combine perfectly, your selection can be completely personalized. Whatever the occasion, this is the perfect match for all the senses.
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