Video: Centerpiece design quick tips
Tip 1: Designing for Table
- Use a lift or pedestal container to create more space between the flowers and the dinner plate.
- Create a mock table with similar sized pieces, as you create your arrangements, you can do your final check on that table to ensure flowers won’t interfere with the other items on the table. Clip out flowers that are in the way so you don’t have to do it on install day.
Tip 2: Flower Recipe
Tip 3: Lines
- Actual lines: A solid line, often created by a stem.
- Implied lines: Like a constellation in the sky, your eye “connects the dots” to create these lines. In an arrangement, a series of the same flower creates this line.
- Types of lines: Lines can be horizontal like the horizon, vertical like a pillar, diagonal like the side of a triangle or curved like a winding mountain road!
- Lines in this arrangement
- This arrangement features an actual, diagonal line (gomphrena).
- You also see implied, curved lines with queen red lime zinnias and burnt orange dahlias.
- Finally, an implied horizontal line is seen with the lisianthus.
Tip 4: Deconstruction
Gomphrena (10 stems)
Purpose: Finishing flower, adds the light, whimsical thought for a sculptural piece. Skip this if you’re going for a more tailored look.
Dahlias, Pink (3 stems)
Purpose: Focal Flower, Side 1. This is a resting place for the eye. You can have different flowers on different sides if you want to mix it up or can’t decide between two :)
Queen Red Lime Zinnias (5 stems)
Purpose: Focal Flower, Side 2
Lisianthus (10 stems)
Purpose: Accent Flowers support the focal flowers and add interest. A lot of times I like to use these flowers to create lines within the arrangement that frame the focal point.
Dahlias, Orange (4 stems)
Purpose: Accent Flower
Snapdragons (6 stems)
Purpose: Long Flowers bring color and shape out to the sides of the arrangement and are key for a loose garden - style shape. If you work with all round flowers, your arrangement will appear round.
Limelight Hydrangea (2 stems)
Purpose: Base. This provides coverage low in the arrangement and the low, branching structure makes it a great “net” for flowers in the higher levels to be supported.
Sedum (5 stems)
Pokeweed (3 stems)
Purpose: Shape, Cover. This piece helps us establish the overall size and shape of the arrangement.