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Different flower styles

I am very lucky to be good friends with another florist. When I look at my friend Lily's flower arrangements there's always one word that comes to mind and that is 'dreamy'. It got me thinking about florists and their individual styles, the way that they make flowers sing and how you would describe them. Therefore I thought it would be fun to do a blog about different floral styles.

  1. Traditional/Classic: This style emphasizes symmetry and balance. Classic is timeless, simple and clean. It often features tightly arranged blooms in a formal manner. Roses, lilies, and carnations are commonly used in classic arrangements.

  2. Modern/Contemporary: Modern floral designs tend to be more experimental and unconventional. They may incorporate unique containers, asymmetrical arrangements, and bold colour combinations. Minimalistic designs and negative space are also common elements.

  3. Rustic/Country: Rustic arrangements focus on a natural and organic look. Flowers are often mixed with elements like twigs, branches, and foliage to create a relaxed and casual feel. Mason jars, wooden crates, and burlap are frequently used as containers.

  4. Wildflower: This style mimics the appearance of wildflower fields. It often includes a mix of different flower types and sizes, creating an untamed and free-spirited arrangement. Colours can range from soft pastels to vibrant and rich hues.

  5. Tropical: Tropical arrangements feature exotic and vibrant flowers like orchids, bird of paradise, and hibiscus. These designs often evoke a sense of lushness and tropical paradise, using bold colours and unique shapes.

  6. English Garden: Inspired by the traditional English garden, this style is characterized by its abundance and variety of flowers. It creates a romantic, slightly chaotic appearance with a mix of blooms and lush greenery.

  7. Japanese Ikebana: Ikebana is a Japanese art of flower arrangement that emphasizes minimalism and symbolism. It focuses on creating harmony between the flowers, branches, and container, often using simple, clean lines.

  8. Monochromatic: In monochromatic arrangements, flowers of the same colour or shades of the same colour are used to create a harmonious and elegant look. This style can be achieved using different flower types with variations in hue.

  9. Vintage: Vintage arrangements evoke a sense of nostalgia. They may incorporate antique containers, muted colours, and delicate, old-fashioned flowers like peonies, roses, and ranunculus.

  10. Bohemian: Bohemian floral arrangements are eclectic and free-spirited. They often feature a mix of flowers, feathers, ribbons, and other decorative elements. Earthy tones, rich textures, and unconventional containers are common.

  11. Whimsical: A fun, light-hearted style with a touch of romance vibes. The style is enchanting, elaborate and fairytale like with lots of texture.

I have tried to focus on the main types, styles and different creative approaches that us florists and enthusiasts use to arrange flowers in unique and artistic ways. The choice of the style should predominately come down to you the customer. The occasion is also the most important thing to consider.

What one word would I use to describe the flowers that I do? I'd like to think imaginative, with hopefully a touch of beauty thrown in, but I'll let you decide on that :)

Thank you for reading. Comment on your favourite style types below...

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