Interior Decorating Information

Color Determines The Tone Of Your Flowers Arrangements

Color is influential in every aspect of our lives. It conveys a warm or cool feeling and can draw you in or divert attention. It can create feelings of cheerfulness, sadness, love or tranquility. In flower arranging knowing how to blend colors together can make or break your design so careful thought should go into your choice of colors before you start.

Flowers come in an astounding number of hues and shades due to continual crossbreeding. This is the most true in roses. There are well over a hundred different types of roses now of every shade imaginable and counting. They have even been bred now to have two or three different shades on the petals and are fast becoming a new favorite for florists and customers alike.

If you are new to arranging or still struggle with how to put color together, take heart, there is help in the form of what's called the color wheel. It is made up of primary colors, secondary colors and intermediate colors. The first thing one needs to understand, is that the primary colors are only three colors, red, blue and yellow. All colors are made from combining these colors but you cannot make red, blue or yellow by combining any colors.

Red is a very hot, passionate and strong color. It creates drama in an arrangement. Red can make you think of Christmas or valentines. Yellow is a happy color and evokes a feeling of anticipation like you experience when spring has arrived and the sun is shinning and things are coming back to life. Birthday arrangements or baby arrangements often have yellow as it does evoke that feeling of cheerfulness. Blue is a cool color and creates a softer feeling like you may experience when looking at the sky in the summertime.

Combining primary colors together creates secondary colors. Red and yellow make orange, red and blue make purple and yellow and blue make green.

Orange is a dramatic color, not as hot as red but it still has impact. If you want an arrangement to have the autumn feel then you should combine colors such as browns, gold or a bit of yellow and red-orange together. It will make a bold statement.

Purple is a vibrant color but unlike red and orange it has a calming effect. When you combine purple, blues, pinks and a bit of yellow together, you get this luscious vibrant and soothing arrangement.

Green is a universal color that goes with any color of arrangement. In nature all flowers spring up from greens so it is very natural to use them in all arrangements. In fact, I like to put together three different shades and textures of greens together before putting any flowers in my arrangement. It is very effective.

You can take any of these color combinations and put them together in their lighter or darker shades depending on what mood you are trying to create. Also, you do not need to stick to just these color combinations. If you want drama, try mixing together dark red, purple, yellow and a bit of white. Contrast can make quite a bold statement.

Last but not least here is a list of colors on the color wheel starting with yellow:

Yellow orange, orange, red orange, red, red violet, violet, blue violet, blue, blue green, green, and finally yellow green. Of course you could make many more hues but for our purpose here we stick with the color wheel.

I hope this helps.

Willie Jones

Willie is a freelance writer, researcher, floral designer, and artist. Thanks very much for reading this far. Please come and visit us at: an inspirational poster or two

"Make sure you enroll in the free motivational poster drawing. All winners receive a free framed print."

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at

International Falls Journal

Looking Back: Mrs. Lee Grim stages interior decorating clinic at library
International Falls Journal
Mrs. Lee Grim, home economist and interior designer, arranges reproduction of cloth from the Williamsburg, W. Va., collection sold by Schumacher Fabrics for a display in the Falls Public Library during the Interior Decorating Clinic. The public may ...


Ten pictures that show off DJ Zinhle's interior decorating skills
It's been nearly four months since DJ Zinhle finished building her new home, and since it's been done, she's been giving us sneak peaks of how she's been decorating it herself. And by the looks of things, DJ Zinhle should consider venturing into ...


WorkOne job fair concentrates on manufacturing sector
While her specialty is interior decorating, she was looking to find the right fit Thursday. "I have worked in manufacturing a lot," she said. "I would like to get into a job where I can use my skills." There were 350 manufacturing openings available ...


Can The Way You Decorate Your Room Improve Your Sleep?
Of course, if you live on a highly polluted main road in London, this might not apply to you. If you have a choice over your floor covering (sorry renters), then Christine recommends not going for full carpet. "I really emphasise being toxic- and fume ...


Home Improvement 3 Plus You Themed Week - ...
From home inspections to interior decorating tips, this week 3 Plus You will feature the advice and expertise of professionals in the area who can help you with many of your home improvement needs.

and more »

Pattie R. Hummel
She loved music, art, bookmaking, and interior decorating. Her talent amazed all who knew her. Pattie Hummel was a successful businesswoman. In addition to her successful photography business that spanned 30 years, Pattie also owned and managed a ...

Well, Here's a Somewhat Baffling Apartment Therapy Piece About a Large Family That Lives in a Chic Little School Bus
Slate Magazine
Most interior-decorating coverage takes as its premise the notion that the reader would enjoy living in the featured home, or at least enjoy daydreaming about it. There's an altogether different kind of pleasure that comes from paging or clicking ...

MyRepublica (satire) (press release) (blog)

My Republica - Décor decoded: Five decor mistakes that everyone ...
MyRepublica (satire) (press release) (blog)
No matter how many hours you spend scrolling through the internet to create a perfect design plan or rotating accessories throughout your house, interior decorating is always a bit tricky. And if that weren't enough of a challenge, there are some basic ...

and more »

South China Morning Post

Chinese family on a roll after cooking up bun business from scratch
South China Morning Post
For one couple in northern China the numbers add up to a thriving – and exhausting – business that has allowed them to raise four children and buy a car and house, to the envy of some of their neighbours, Dahe Daily reports. The couple built the ...

The Oakland Press

There are far more major scandals brewing. So why is a $31000 dining set in the news?
The Oakland Press
In the past 24 hours, the public has learned a surprising amount about the interior decorating operations of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, led by Secretary Ben Carson. One would think that with the breaking news about Jared Kushner's ...
Ben Carson's HUD Spends $31000 on Dining Set for His OfficeNew York Times
Ben Carson of HUD on His Vexing Reign: Brain Surgery Was Easier Than ThisNew York Times
US official: I was demoted for rejecting Ben Carson's costly office revampThe Guardian
CNN -The Hill
all 104 news articles »

Google News

home | site map | Nautical Decor
© 2006