With fall around the corner, let us delve into what makes autumnal arrangements special: the color palette. Each season has its own flair we tie into all our floral arrangements. Spring has its bright whites, light greens, and soft silk loosely binding the bare stems. The flowers are more dense while the accents are more sporadic.
Summer brings fluffier flowers, light blues, purples, and well-defined foliage. This is when we can incorporate a wider variety of colors. It is summertime when everything is in full bloom. Clearer nights with brighter moons call for an explosion of vibrant plants in our summer arrangements. It is in the fall that we begin to use more earthy colors. This leads us to winter.
Winter stands in stark contrast to the style of arrangements found in the summer. Where in the summer, we had very lively flowers and breezy placements, the winter arrangements are more rigid and warm. In the winter, royal reds, deep blues, and forest greens are the main color palate. Gold and silver are often incorporated as frostings or base accents. As we will discuss with autumn’s arrangements, the wintertime has a very assembled feel usually lit well with seasonal lighting.
Now we will highlight how fall arrangements stand out from the rest of the year.
One of the more exciting aspects to designing fall arrangements is the hue and tone play. Not many colors work well together the same way autumn colors do. In the summer, we use a wide variety of colors, but they rely on their natural beauty to look good together. Fall’s colors match well and rely on more earthy tones.
If a pumpkin comes to mind when you think of fall, then we are on the right track. The pumpkin’s orange offers a perfect base color on which we can build. From there we can branch out to many different types of tan and brown, different hues of red, and multi-toned yellows.
The beauty of fall arrangements is the ability to use non-floral plants. The use of stems, crab apples, pine cones, and foliage accentuates the already present colors. You know the year is coming to an end when wreaths start adorning families’ doors. In the winter, we tend to use evergreen branches to create the wreath. In the fall, we use bare branches, usually speckled or ashy. Usually, fall arrangements are more wound together and more compact than other seasons. Winter has tighter arrangements as well, but where winter is lit by seasonal lighting, fall arrangements are typically lit by natural light like the sun, candles, or the fireplace.