Different Kinds of Flower Arrangements

Making flower arrangements, whether silk floral designs for your home or fresh wedding flower arrangements, is something you CAN do yourself. Pairing the right flowers together and using complimentary textures and colors makes all the difference.

Different Kinds of Flower Arrangements
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With their variety of colors and textures, flowers instantly add beauty to a room. But depending on where you plan to place your arrangement, certain forms may prove more versatile than others. Here is a primer on some of the more common types of floral arrangements and their usages.
The most common of all floral designs, circular arrangements are symmetrical and rounded. Because they can be viewed from any angle, they are very versatile and are often displayed on tables or buffets.
Crescent--or moon-shaped--arrangements are unusual because they are asymmetrical. They draw attention to a particular part of a room.
Fan-shaped arrangements spread out horizontally. Because they are easy to see over and converse over, they are often used on dining tables.
Simple to create and very elegant, floating arrangements consist of flower blossoms floating in pools of water. Because they are often low, they make excellent dining table centerpieces.
Hogarth (S-Shape)
Branches or flowers create the unusual, dual curves of this sophisticated and minimalist arrangement. It is named after William Hogarth (1697 to 1764), an English painter who believed that all beauty was based on the serpentine shape that forms an "S."
A Japanese art form, Ikebana symbolizes the unity of nature and humanity. Asymmetrical but harmonious, these arrangements emphasize the connection between the materials and the setting. Empty space is often a critical element of the overall piece. Styles of Ikebana include Seika (typical flower arrangements), Ukibana (arrangements that float), and Morimono (arrangements involving fruits and vegetables).
Triangular arrangements have a tall center point and become widest at the base. They are meant to be viewed from the front or back, so are often used on tables that sit against walls or in ceremonies where only the front of the arrangement will be seen.
Types of Floral Arrangements
The Art of Floral Design; Norah T. Hunter; 2000.
Ikebana International