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Sunday, 4 August 2013

Using Flowers to Decorate Your Home

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English: Floral arrangement
English: Floral arrangement (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Copyright © 2010-2013 Luann Hays

Everyone wants their home to look at its best... You want it to have a relaxing, inspiring atmosphere that is unique to your own space. Such an atmosphere can be achieved by placing flower arrangements in your home. A pretty bunch of flowers can brighten up any room with a spot of color. Just looking at them can make anyone feel calmer after the stress of the day. There's something about flowers that cheers people up.

You must agree that changing your home interior with flowers can bring new spirit to your environment; and without having to spend a lot of money to accomplish it. By adding flowers with a bit of creativity, and taking advantage of the things you already have in your home, you can choose one particular area to change, and....voila! The atmosphere is revived.

Because color has such an influence over everyday life it can be used to create feelings of warmth to draw you in or coolness to divert attention, depending on the effect you wish to achieve. Our emotions of tranquility and love as well as cheerfulness and sadness can be intensified by blending certain colors together. Careful thought should go into any flower arrangement so as to create the desired effect.

The color wheel is made up of all the colors and can be very helpful in learning to put colors together. The main colors are called primary colors no other color combination can create these colors red, blue and yellow are the primary colors. All other colors are made from some combination of these three colors.

The secondary colors are created by combining the primary colors. Orange is made with equal amounts of red and yellow. Green is created with equal amounts of blue and yellow. Purple is made with equal amounts of red and blue.

Intermediate colors are variations of the secondary colors. For example red orange is made by using more red than yellow, blue green is made by using more blue than yellow, you get the idea.

Green is a great color to use in flower arranging because green is such a part of flowers in their natural setting. Leaves and stems are all different colors of green, so to start an arrangement with greens can help to give balance to your floral bouquet.

You can separate the color wheel by warm and cool shades.. Yellow is warm as you move to orange things really warm up, and red is down right hot! On the other hand green is more cool as is purple and blue is the coolest, think ice.

Using a cooler color like blue as the base of your arrangement can add a very calming effect to the room. Think about sky blue and how comfortable a beautiful summer sky is.

Purple is the color of royalty and gives that effect when used in an arrangement. Combining purples blues and pinks with a little bit of yellow gives a strong feeling of spring time. Many Easter bouquets use these colors.

Birthday arrangements and bouquets especially made for babies and small children often have a lot of yellow and pastel colors. These arrangements have a very light aerie feel.
Arranging Flowers
Arranging Flowers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Flower arranging before Easter at Lit...
English: Flower arranging before Easter at Little St Mary's church (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
At Valentines and Christmas the hot passionate color of red takes center stage, red flowers create drama in a floral arrangements. A bouquet of red roses says I love you in every language..

Orange is not as hot as red, but the color can have a dramatic effect. Orange is associated with the fall season, using the color with gold and brown in fall bouquets is a great way to warm up a space.

You can change the mood of your arrangement by combining either the lighter more pastel shades or the darker more dramatic shades of each color. This type of arrangement is call monochromatic.

For even more drama go for a lot of contrast, combining colors like red and purple with yellow and white can make a very bold statement.

Think of the flowers as building blocks. Each has color, texture and form. They each have a personality and many have a tradition. The rose is elegant and says love. The carnation is sturdy and says you can count on me. The orchid is exotic and dares you to dream.

Designs such as oval, horizontal, triangular, and vertical are common ways of arranging flowers. A combination of fresh flowers arranged appropriately will produce a nicely crafted finish product that you can be proud of.

Flowers in three sizes can make a beautifully symmetrical arrangement. Adding greenery, berries, twigs, etc. adds an extra impact. Space flowers evenly inserting the largest variety first. Keeping balance on all sides. Fill bare areas with small flowers. If using floral foam, soak foam in water containing flower food for about 30 minutes. Secure the foam with floral tape.

Ribbons can add flair and distinction. A colorful ribbon with flowing tails can give character to your arrangement and using holiday colors is an added visual beauty. Using candlesticks on either side of your arrangement is a good Holiday decorating idea.

In decorating your home, be creative.

You may be too busy to go out to buy flowers on the streets or in the malls, so you can opt to just have your flowers delivered. It's easy there are several flower shops online. Why not start decorating your home with flowers now. It doesn't have to be stressful when you can buy flowers with just one click of a mouse.

About the Author:
Luann Hays runs 2 website that offer special items for women. Go to Woozita's Wares for sexy lingerie and much more. Send Flowers Online, find fresh cut flowers, gift baskets and unique gifts. Visit and respectively, to learn more.

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