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Flower Arranging Styles

By Judith A. Babb

Flowers are a symbol of beauty. And a well arranged set with a few additions brings out a beauty that touches the soul whether the observer realizes it or not.

All flower arrangements stress on the use of natural flowers as the beauty they provide is unmatched by that of artificial flowers. Any arrangement can be made beautiful only if the right kinds of flowers are used. To make floral arrangements last longer flowers should be used as buds that have bloomed a little but not opened up completely. As soon as the flowers are cut they need to be put in a special flower solution, though if that is not available warm water could be used. The flowers should not be exposed to direct sunlight or heat. Any of the leaves that lie below the waterline should be removed. And stems need to be re-cut and the water changed periodically to keep the arrangements looking beautiful for a longer time.


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Western flower arrangements are divided among 8-10 different types:

Horizontal Style Flower Arranging

A very shallow container is used to make this type of flower arrangement. It has strong, low horizontal lines that are parallel with the surface on which it Is placed. Many times the longest stems are extended beyond the normal proportions resulting in an enhanced horizontal line.  In addition they are often angled downward, providing a soft arching look.  This design is considered to be a restful and tranquil arrangement since it provides a feeling of stability. Normally this design will feature a single large flower as its focal point. This particular arrangement is perfect for a dining room or coffee table. One might also consider using this arrangement on a windowsill, shelf or as an accent under a picture.

Vertical Style Flower Arranging

A vertical flower arrangement has an overall appearance of power and strength. The vertical style most often requires a focal point either near the top of the arrangement or the rim. In a true vertical design, the materials used will remain within the width of the container and very seldom will it extend beyond the sides. The finished product will be a very tall floral arrangement. Most times you will find lilies, roses, and carnations used in this type of arrangement. Cattails, thistle and twigs are also a popular material found in this arrangement style.

 


Triangle Style Flower Arranging

 Most arrangements used for ceremonies are of this kind. Here the centre is made of the tallest flower stem and the other flowers are cut to size to arrange around the centre and maintain the triangular shape. The triangle can be either symmetrical, having three equal sides, which will make the arrangement appear to as wide as it is tall.  This type of triangle is usually looked at as formal. Or the triangle can be asymmetrical with three unequal sides. This design has a vertical axis positioned off center, with the floral materials being placed unequally on each side. This type of triangle would normally be considered as less formal and more natural in appearance.

      

 

 

 

 

Crescent Style Flower Arranging

The Crescent arrangement captures the shape of the moon and is also known as a “C” shaped design. Because of the crescent shape this style requires a strong focal point to maintain its visual balance. This involves using curved shaped flower stems selected based on the crescent’s size.  Gladiola and carnations with flexible stems work well here. Crescents used with a downward curve are found many times in bridal bouquets.


 

Oval Style Flower Arranging
 

There are two types of oval flower arrangement designs, oval and pointed oval. 

The oval design is a variation of a circular form with its shape being elliptical to the eye. Oval arrangements are always symmetrically balanced and are generally one sided but they can also be all sided too. 

The pointed oval is a more elongate shape than the oval.  They are mostly arranged as an all sided arrangement with the tops being more peaked than rounded in design.  The pointed oval at times can resemble a tear drop shape.  The oval designs are always symmetrically balanced. Both the oval and the pointed oval flower arrangements are usually used in formal settings.

 

 

 

 

 

Minimal Style Flower Arranging

The minimal arrangement is great to use for an  indoor decoration. The main focus is kept at the focal flower and few others are used. Minimal arrangements can be created by determining the height using a vertical line of flowers, and providing a horizontal line of flowers to give a basic outline. This is an arrangement were the “less is more” theory applies.


 

Lazy "S" or "Hogarth's Curve"  Style Flower Arranging

Called the Lazy “S” as flowers are arranged to form an approximate “S” shape, this arrangement is a very complex type and usually requires a lot of professional skill.  This type of arrangement is visualized as two semicircles, one placed on top of the other with the focal area being between both the upward and downward curving lines. The stems of flowers used in this arrangement are bent into gentle curves.


 

Fan-Shaped Style Flower Arranging

Fan shaped designs are half circles, one-sided and symmetrically balanced.  They are typically wider than they are tall.  It is noted that this particular shape technically should be twice as wide as it is tall.  The materials used in this style appear to radiate from the central point and are designed with equal weight on each side of the central vertical axis.  The materials on each side may look alike, or as long as both sides are equal to the eye, the flowers need not be the same.  To help keep the visual balance of the design, smaller and lighter colored flowers are normally used at the outer areas with the larger and darker or brighter flowers placed closer to the center.

 

  • Landscape Style Flower Arranging

The landscape style flower arrangement is one that resembles a large area of nature such as manicured gardens or landscaped areas. They use foliage, flowers and branches to represent the landscape design. They are usually arranged with taller materials in in the back, making the arrangement display one sided.  The use of clay pots, twigs, rocks, moss, sand, etc., are used to add detail to the arrangement. Most of the materials used are found within the same environment and during the same seasonal period. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The Japanese "Ikebana" Style Flower Arranging


A famous flower arranging technique from Japan is the Ikebana.  As with everything from the orient, this technique is not just about putting flowers together but has an underlying philosophy and set of rules that result in awe inspiring arrangements. The delicate use of leaves, twigs and seed pods in addition with the flowers bring out the unison that exists in Nature and how it can be used to create beauty with the use of minimum resources. Ikebana, though a complete art in itself is not esoteric. There is plenty of room for amateurs and anyone willing to put in a little time and effort can acquire sufficient skills to make beautiful arrangements. The masterpieces though would require a highly skilled expert to work on them.


 

Judith A. Babb is a self-taught floral design expert and author of “Flower Arrangements Made Simple”, loves to see everyone enjoy the beauty of flower arrangements has created an easy step-by-step guide available at http://www.artisticflowerarrangements.com. Sign up for the free monthly newsletter “Flower Talk” and receive numerous tips and techniques for making your own flower arrangements.

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and save up to $800 a year
or more over the cost of a florist while creating
beautiful and unique flower arrangements for
yourself, family and friends!

With my quick step-by-step method of flower arranging you can now become a floral arrangement specialist.

“FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS MADE SIMPLE”
Written by Judith A. Babb

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