Faux flowers have come an incredibly long way in recent years. The stigma once attached to the traditional old-fashioned versions of decades gone by are slowly fading. Today, technological advancements in the industry have seen modern examples flourish. Many are virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. As a result, we are now able to enjoy the magical beauty of our favourite flowers for much longer.
It is no secret that beautiful flowers have the power to transform a dull or otherwise uninviting space, into a bright and interesting place to occupy. Although many of us marvel at a well-put together arrangement, a great deal of us struggles to present our faux flowers beautifully. From choosing flower types and colours to, form, textures, placement and containers, our guide to faux floral arrangements will remove the guesswork, saving you valuable time in producing the most stunningly realistic faux displays.
Colour is the first thing we notice about a floral design. It is the one thing that influences us most when thinking about purchasing a flower arrangement. We have to ask ourselves, do the colours work together or do they seem unrelated? Choose a harmonious mix of colours such as red, orange and yellow or green, blue and purple. For a more powerful effect, chose opposing colours such as purple and orange. Or, if you’re going for the more modern approach, choose a monochromatic design, where the use of only one colour (including tints, tones and shades), is used. E.g. blue, light blue, slate grey and navy.
The form of your arrangement also plays an important role. Form is usually perceived as the overall shape of the design. There are many designs that are used by faux flower florists that have recognisable shapes and outlines i.e. symmetrical triangle, or asymmetrical triangle. On the other hand, it is also okay to be broad with your chosen shape; free flowing or more wild displays are proving increasingly popular. A combination of different forms will create visual interest and impact.
The different textures and surface quality of individual materials used in a design creates textural interest. Shiny and dull, rough and smooth, coarse and fine, makes the arrangement exciting. For example, when we create arrangements, it is important for us at Rebelle Flower to include a combination of varying textured foliage and greenery to compliment the focal flowers. This helps to add depth and a added touch of realism.
Finally, the container and placement of the display is vital. It is important to ensure that your arrangement is well balanced. There are two types of balance – Actual Balance and Visual Balance. To achieve actual balance, the design must be stable and not topple over. This can be achieved by selecting a suitable size and weight of container. Visual balance is concerned with the careful positioning of your faux florals within the design. A single, large flower can be balanced by a group of smaller ones. Also, take into consideration; the lighting, furniture, window treatments, wall coverings and other fittings in the area in which you plan on placing your display.
For more information relating to permanent botanicals, feel free to get in touch to book a consultation to discuss how Rebelle Flower can brighten your spaces.