Color is everywhere, but we notice it most when it stands out from the rest. That’s what we seek to do here at Nosegay Flowers. For example, your standard table decorations can be transformed with the bright colors of a spring floral bouquet. Our job is to help you find a color combination that not only adds beauty to your space, but one that makes sense. Today, we would like to share how basic color theory and the color wheel can help you make bold, yet stylish choices when it comes to your floral arrangements.

Primary Colors

There are three primary colors: red, blue, and yellow. They are called “primary” because no other colors can be combined to make these—however, these three can be combined to create the other colors on the wheel. They sit equidistant from one another on the color wheel.

Close Colors

The colors that sit next to or near one another on the color wheel typically make a nice combination because they include tones of the primary colors they are close to. For example, purple, red, and blue all go fairly well together in an arrangement because they are all close to one another on the color wheel. Of course, you can evoke different moods with the shades you choose. Light purple flowers, pink blooms, and pale blue petals can project a soft and calming mood. On the other hand, a dark red rose heavier shaded flowers can make more of a dramatic statement.

This brings us to tonal value, which is the “version” of the color we see. This is the light version, the dark version, and the overall mood of an arrangement. Of course, the texture of the flowers can also make a difference when it comes to the appearance and impression. Take these things into consideration when you aim for a certain mood.

Contrasting Colors

On the opposite ends of the color wheel sit contrasting colors! These are the ones that may not seem like they would look good together, but they certainly do. Even nature embraces complementary colors to enhance the appearance. For example, the flowering is a pink and lime-green bouquet look bold, vibrant, and saturated when placed together. Similarly, if you’ve ever seen a blue and orange bouquet, you know how incredible this combination can look.

Best Practices

Understanding color is a great start, but it certainly isn’t the only factor at play. For example, which there aren’t necessarily any colors that should never be together, there are some stronger choices than others. Yellow and red look great together, but throwing in pink, orange, and green with those might be a little much. If you want to make a professional-looking statement, you may want to limit yourself to three or four harmonious colors or to two complementary colors. We recommend one or the other! Too many colors can confuse the viewer and weaken your overall design. You can also opt for a mass of one variety of flower in one color to make an impact! Think about where the arrangement will be placed and consider the context of the space.

Contact a Professional Florist

When it doubt about using color for your ultimate arrangement, contact a florist! We at Nosegay Flowers would be happy to use our color and design knowledge to create the perfect arrangement for your needs. Our experienced florists will listen to your requests and create a bouquet that will stun all who see it. Regardless of whether you are looking for something small to surprise your honey or you’re hoping to plan your entire wedding flower set, we are the team to call. Contact us today to get started!