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Flowers That Clash

Posted on Sep 8, 2013

The title reminds me of a Hollywood flick “War of the Roses”, in which a husband and wife clash with each other after the love runs out of their relationship. Despite the seriousness of the subject, the movie was quite funny. Thankfully, this article isn’t as ridiculously melodramatic, and merely talks about flower arrangements.

Flowers are beautiful things. They are as invaluable as they are pretty, as likeable as they are innocent. Is it really possible for flowers to clash? Not really; but there are some glaring mistakes that you should avoid while arranging flowers.

Play with Colours

As far as colour is concerned, there can primarily be two kinds of flower arrangements: related and unrelated. Related colour scheme is further sub-divided into monochromatic and analogous colour schemes.

Related Colour Schemes

Analogous Colour Scheme: An analogous related colour scheme is formed by combining flowers of three or more adjacent colours on a colour-wheel. The bouquet or the arrangement should show different shades of the three (or more) colours chosen. All the colours must be adjacent to each other on the colour-wheel.

Monochromatic Colour Scheme: The simplest related colour-scheme is called monochromatic, and consists of different shades of the same colour. For example, you can mix deep-purples with light-purples and lavenders to have different hues and shades of purple.

Unrelated Colour Schemes

Unrelated colour schemes can have many of variations and offer more room for creativity. However, they are harder to successfully pull off unless you have good aesthetic and artistic senses. There are no rules for making beautiful unrelated flower arrangements, only guidelines.

A basic type of unrelated colour scheme is called “direct complimentary”, and is achieved by combining colours that are directly opposite to each other on the colour wheel. For instance, yellows can be combined with violets; pink can go with green, and so on. Another type of unrelated scheme uses three colours that are equidistant from each other on the colour wheel.

Use Your Creativity

The above guidelines also tell you the basics to avoid clashing colours. Flowers would clash if you are using a different colour in a monochromatic arrangement, or using two adjacent colours and an opposing colour in an unrelated arrangement. However, there are no rules and any arrangement that looks pleasing to the eye can be good enough.

The choice of colours is often limited by the availability of flowers. The key is to unleash your creativity. Look at flower arrangements online. Go to your florist and play around with different colours, and you’ll soon be making great combinations.

Consider Texture and Size

Keep your flower arrangement proportionate and harmonious by paying attention to texture and size. Different flowers can have shiny, rough or dull textures. A dull or rough texture will clash with a smooth, shiny texture. Small, delicate flowers would clash with bigger flowers with a strong texture. For example, daisies wouldn’t go well with orchids.

Choose a Dominating Colour

Despite the variety of colours that you use in your flower arrangement, there should be one colour that dominates the scheme. Rest of the colours are just supporting and accentuating the main colour. If you can see “spots” in your flower arrangement, it could mean that you have used unrelated colours badly. Do not try to highlight more than one colour, or you’ll be making a fruit-cake out of your bouquet.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a flower can be worth a million. Flowers say a lot about your feelings and taste. Used at the right time, in the right way, flowers can spice up ceremonies and melt hearts. All you need to do is keep them from clashing.

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