Color and Floral Design

Color can bring life and dramatic impact to any floral design. Here are a few images of a very colorful and vibrant bouquet that I shot at a wedding a few years ago. It was designed by Keyth, Managing Floral Designer and Consultant of Lovin’ Oven Floral Designs and still remains one of my all-time favorite wedding bouquets!¬† It contains coral roses, fuschia calla lilies, yellow-spotted orchids, reddish-orange glorious irises and fuschia sweet peas with a white, french-braided, ribbon handle. The colors and textures create a very dramatic statement.

"Tropical Bouquet Bodice"

"Tropical Bouquet Bodice Combo"

Here are a few definitions to keep in mind to help you maintain color harmony:

1) Hue: This is color in its purest form. The true color.

2) Tint: Adding white to a hue. For example adding white and red to create pink.

3) Tone: Adding gray to a hue.

4) Shade: Adding black to a hue.

5) Monochromatic Color Harmony: A color harmony made up of tints, tones and shades of the same hue.

6) Analogous Color Harmony: A color harmony created by using three  to six colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel. It uses a range of colors forming a 90 degree angle on the color wheel including one primary color.

7) Complementary Color Harmony: One of the most dramatic color harmonies created by using colors opposite each other on the color wheel. For example red and green, purple and blue.

8) Triadic Color Harmony: Three colors that are equidistant from each other on the color wheel. The three primary colors: red, yellow, and blue are a color triad.

You can learn the basic concepts of the color wheel with tips from HGTV.com.

Until next time, here’s a kiss and a smile!

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