Create Mood Magic
Flowers have a magical ability to create ambiance and mood. The selection of flower varieties and color choice can go a long way in achieving the mood you desire.
Just follow these three simple steps:
Step 1: Consider the LightingWill you be hosting a candlelight dinner or a sunny brunch? Light plays a huge role in color and how the human eye sees the flower. For the maximum "bang for your buck", color experts suggest a few simple tips:
- For low-light or candlelight - use colors that are light or on the"warmer" side of the color palette: yellows, oranges, and reds. These colors are considered aggressive and reflect light in such a way that makes them stand out. Any lighter or darker variations of these warm colors (such as light yellow, pale pink or coral) are also great choices. White or any very light color is an excellent reflective choice for candlelight. "Cooler" colors such as purple, violet or dark blue do not reflect light in the same way. They are considered passive colors and are therefore recessive. These colors will be seen by the eye as being in the background or even as a dark space.
- For bright spaces - anything goes. Since bright light is highly reflective and shows color in it's purest hue, it is an ideal time toget maximum visibility from deeper or darker tones such as burgundy, purple or deep blue.
- Extra light - can add dimension to any party. A romantic effect can be achieved as simply as adding a few white "twinkle lights" to trees or try shining an inexpensive work light or can light (available from hardware stores) onto a floral arrangement for dramatic impact. These can easily be hidden with a plant or cloth.
Step 2: Choose Colors That Help Create the Mood
Have you ever noticed that certain colors make you feel a certain way? Reds and yellows make you feel vibrant, greens and cool lavender may soothe jangled nerves.
- It is proven that color actually causes a real emotional response in humans, on a visceral level. For example, it is widely understood that green is soothing to the human eye and causes us to feel restful. So, when planning your floral decor, think of the way you might make the best use of color to enhance the environment.
- Take a cue from the type of food you plan to serve. To make the most of a zesty Mexican meal, spice it up with bright reds and golds. On the other hand, if a romantic wedding brunch in a traditional setting is on the agenda, pastels may be the perfect choice. A casual pasta dinner might call for some eclectic colors.
Step 3: Select Flower Varieties That Get Your Point Across
While almost "anything goes" in flowers, there are certain varieties of design styles that best enhance the look or environment you are trying to achieve, whether casual or formal. Florists can help you with appropriate choices to highlight any mood or theme & help you stay within your budget. Be sure to ask them about what's on hand. Sometimes seasonal varieties can be a great choice...like roses in summer. Seasonal choices are a great value to consumers because they are in abundance.