DIY PROJECTS: Colour Design For Floral Arrangements
Feb 1 2017 by Hannah Darkins
The design elements and principles of colour are an extremely important part of Floral Designs. Florists often consider the visual impact of colour and the use of different colours before arranging, to best suit the customers specific needs and desires. Interestingly different colours also provoke different emotions and are associated with different meanings both in terms of Psychology and Culture, so it is helpful to know a few things about colours before buying for a friend or for the home
Complementary Colour Scheme
Complimentary colour schemes balance warm and cool colours that are opposite on the colour wheel. This type of colour scheme is also known as a contrasting scheme.
This colour scheme is a really popular and can very simply be a way of arrangingtwo types flowers together in terms of colour. It gives simple variety to the arrangement by using different colours, whilst keeping it simple, visually balanced and cost efficient.
Tridiac Colour Scheme
In triadic colour schemes we use three different hues from the colour wheel that are equidistant from each other. The colours red, blue and yellow, for example, form a triangle and are spaced evenly away from each other on the colour wheel.
This colour scheme is great when wanting to create a larger scale bouquet with visual impact which can be done with several types of flowers. This colour scheme can be achieved with different hues of all three colours i.e different shades of blue, red and yellow on the colour wheel or different values/tones of those colours on the tonal scale.
An example of a different hue is a more Orange-Red or a more Purple-Red. A different tone of red would change by adding more black or white (i.e a deeper red or a lighter red. This applies when using different hues or tones of flower colours within arrangements such as a Triadic Colour Scheme arrangement.
Related Colour Scheme
Related colours sit next to, or close to each other on the colour wheel.
A related colour scheme is generally composed of a collection of values/tones of the same hue. This is sometimes called a Monochromatic Scheme.
This is a really lovely way to create Colour Harmony within an arrangement using one colour idea and bringing in different tones of that colour. This design is also hugely popular within events, corporate designs and bridal bouquets, especially if the colour sheme brief is for one colour idea used to create a simple, big statement that associates to an idea or brand (i.e if the brief is for ‘Breast Cancer Awareness’ event, then a related colour scheme of the colour pink would provide a visual impact that relates specifically back to the colours associated with this campaign).
Analogus Colour Scheme
Analogous schemes are colours that sit next to, or close to each other on the colour wheel
with one primary colour in common.
This colour scheme is similar to related colour scheme. We are naturally drawn to combine colours that sit beside each other on the colour wheel as they provide harmony and a simple visual balance that is easy to join together. Florists will often layout their shop flowers in groupings of analogous colours to help customers experience the flowers in a digestible and simple way that helps the eye flow from one colour to the next, whilst avoiding inconsistency and a negative contrasting of colours. When choosing flowers for an arrangement this is a very simple way of choosing colours that are guaranteed to work together!