The New York Institute of Art and Design offers online floral design classes and because we do, we like to provide free tips for image consultants. Enjoy!
If you’re an amateur floral designer and you continuously struggle to select the right stems to work with, make sure to reference this guide next time you shop. In any perfect bouquet, you will almost always find the presence of the following 4 things:
- The Line Flower- This should be your first pick. These aren’t meant to be the main focal point of the bouquet, but instead intended to effectively compliment the focal flower you’ll choose next. Don’t pick something too dominant and make sure to buy 2 or 3 of these.
- The Focal Flower- This should generally be the largest-headed flower in your arrangement and the main focal point of the bouquet. Make sure to pick a bloom that opens outwards instead of upwards. You should buy 1 to 3 of these.
- The Accent Flower- Complimenting the aforementioned two, this pick should be slightly smaller than your focal flower, but not as much of an afterthought as the line.
- The Greenery- These stems are just meant to fill out the arrangement. Use your eye and aesthetic judgment to grab just enough so you can fill out the bouquet without leaving it looking too stuffed.