One need not be an expert in Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement, to effectively display flowers of your choice at home. Here’s what you should remember when arranging flowers.
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Balance is important physically and visually. Physical balance is necessary to insure the arrangement does not fall. Visual balance refers to whether the eye picks up similar shapes, colors and textures on both sides of the arrangement.
Flowers and plants used in an arrangement should be sized in proportion to each other and the container they will be placed in. While flowers can vary in size somewhat within an arrangement, very large flowers mixed with very small ones will not loom good together.
When looking at a floral arrangement, your eyes should first be drawn to a specific focal point. They should then take in the rest of the arrangement in a certain order. The order in which design elements are observed is referred to as rhythm.
It is important to vary sizes, shapes and colors in an arrangement to make more interesting to look at. Too much contrast is distracting and will detract from the piece.
Flower arrangements can come in many shapes, including oval, triangle, crescent and mass. The appropriate shape for an arrangement is often dictated by the occasion.
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