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Applying Color in your Everyday Design

First impressions count. Flower arrangements are no exception. Growing up, you are told to color inside the lines. Nothing has really changed. When designing a flower arrangement, there is a right and a wrong way to distribute color. The first thing people tend to notice is the way an arrangement is put together and whether or not the colors are balanced.



The AIFD Guide to Floral Designs categorizes color as one of the Elements and Principles of Floral Design. Color has the power of boosting or taking away from the quality of a design.

Many factors affect color as you begin adding flowers to a design. Whichever flowers surround the arrangement can change the hues, tones and value of the color scheme. For this reason, it is important to break color down into its simplest form. How we see color is formed by the way our brains refract light or interpret that reflection of light.

Every person sees things in different ways. Everyone has different styles and preferences. Be sure to remain educated on trends and primary colors. This knowledge will give your designs the strongest value of used color. Plus, it is an important factor to keep in mind when testing. Evaluators are looking at the COLOR you choose!

Remember, it’s not only important to have the right colors working together. It’s essential to have the right amount of colors, distributed correctly, around the design.

Consider color when putting your flower arrangements together. Use the color wheel as your foundation and the AIFD Guide to Floral Design as your pathway to successful designing. Pay attention to how the colors react and reflect each other. Color is not only about what works together but how it works in the overall composition.

Reference the AIFD Guide to Floral Design to find a more in-depth explanation of Color. For a hands-on demonstration, join Jackie Lacey every week on Floriology Institute’s #Design Time. He is offering a continued breakdown of all the Elements and Principles of Floral Design.