Written By: Peggy Hart earle
Flowers are many things to many people. People often think of how they smell, or the beautiful shades of colors they come in, and the season in which they bloom naturally. Flowers are often very reminiscent of other occasions in people’s lives. If nothing else, a gorgeous floral arrangement signifies that this is a special occasion, and that the person responsible for the flowers cares.
Floral arrangements can set a tone for a room, a party, and even a litle get-together. Flowers can communicate emotions from the giver to the receiver. They are probably the most universal “thing” that all societies around the globe admire, give to one another, and use to beautify their surroundings.
That’s saying quite a bit. The type of floral arrangement one decides on will communicate many things. When one wants to impart a feeling of genteel grace, an elegant floral arrangement will add to any setting’s ambience.
When discussing floral arrangements, one must consider multiple elements that all play into the finished product’s appeal. There are the flowers: either all one variety or a mix of flowers. The container is also of high importance. And then there is the element known as “texture” — be it leaves, twigs, or berries — that can be worked into the mix for added impact.
One way to give a floral arrangement have an instant hint of elegance is to use a silver container. This could be a pitcher, a vase, or a serving dish. Almost any silver piece can be used to to make a floral arrangement look elegant. The use of unorthodox containers is often delightfully unexpected and takes the arrangement to a higer level.
Crystal is another common choice that’s used to give off an air of elegance and luxury. Crystal can be cut, giving it a lovely, effervescent glitter of light. It can also have etchings that depict an interesting patterned effect that will provide contrasting textures. As well, crystal can have a magnificent, heavy bottom that provides the look and feel of a great weighted base for balancing the pieces that it is holding.
Certain flowers in themselves are traditionally thought of as more elegant. Long-stemmed roses, camellias, gardenias, and orchids are a few that come to mind. Perhaps that is because they are not the easiest to grow, often requiring tender loving care to get the perfect bloom. However, almost any flower can be used to create a formal look if arranged in a certain way. The use of many stems of a single type of flower often has a luxurious, exquisite impact. On the other hand, a single stem of one flower in a striking container can also look very stylish and graceful.
The actual design of the arrangement can also connote elegance. Symmetry, both reflectional and rotational, often garners traditional feelings in viewers. Symmetrical designs are balanced by definition and therefore create a feeling of calmness and serenity to the eye. But this is most definitely not a rule for making a formal floral arrangement.
There is no one rule or requirement for creating any one type of floral arrangement. It is the sum of its parts, as mentioned above, that creates the overall effect. Perhaps the only rule to remember when creating a floral arrangement is the old saying: beauty is in the eye of the beholder!