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Texture in Flower Arrangements

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Texture is a key ingredient to professional-looking do-it-yourself wedding flowers. Texture is a concept each of us learned about in elementary school when we looked at rough and smooth surfaces. It can really be that simple while putting together flowers for your special event, so don't fret about getting complex.

Texture is the feel, appearance, or characteristics of a surface. This is extremely important in floral design because the texture of a vase, flowers, foliage, fillers, bows, and more need to be taken into account to ensure that the texture will have flow and consistency.

Vases and Texture

A lot of people forget all about vases when they think about the texture of their arrangements. Keep in mind that containers add just as much to the texture to event arrangements as the flowers themselves. A shiny silver or gold finish vase will make a completely different look and texture than a white, plastic vase. In fact, highly reflective vases imply elegance and formality while a coarse-textured, wooded basket is more natural and informal. If you are having a rustic theme event, choose wooden vases, stressed finishes and moss accents to make the most texture of the vase (left picture). If you are looking for a sleek, modern design try using shiny and smooth, clean-lined vases (middle picture). If you want to go with a sophisticated design choose a vase with height and an intricate design (right picture).

Using the Texture of Flowers and Foliage

Texture needs to be considered when pairing together different types of flowers and foliages. Professionals use some of these guidelines to create well-balanced, pleasing arrangements:

Coarse Textures causes your eyes to be attracted to specific flowers in your floral arrangement

  • Coarse textures can be used to create a focal point. The eye will be most attracted to that specific flower in the arrangement.
  • Texture will have a greater impact in designs that use only one color, because texture will not have to compete with busy color themes. If you are planning on only using one flower color, be sure you use varying textures for making a more interesting look. For example the white flower arrangement above uses only one color but uses a lot of texture within the greens and fillers.
  • Leaves of varying textures can draw attention and improve focal points. The more pattern and shape within the leaves, the more professional and polished an arrangement will look. You should select more than one type of greenery for each arrangement.
  • Don't be afraid to pair opposite textures together, but keep transition in mind. It is good to have some contrasting texture in arrangements. Use a pattern of flower types to create the feeling of a smooth transition between different textures.
  • Repetition of extreme contrasts adds interest to an arrangement. Like above, keep in mind that if you create a pattern you can use multiple types of textures and ideas within one arrangement.

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