There may still be two months until spring but floral design is already on the tip of the industry’s tongue. Timely as ever, floral design is a hot topic at the onset of 2016. If you’re looking to enhance the interior design and decor of your home, office, or event venue this year you’ll want to note the blossoming trends in the field of floral decorating.
5 Big Trends in Floral Design and Decorating for 2016
1. Calming Colors
Global authority in color, Pantone Color Institute, released their pick for 2016 Color of the Year. For the first time ever (since the selection process began in 1999) the institute has chosen two colors. The selection of Serenity and Rose Quartz not only represent the first winning pairing, they have exciting implications for floral design.
“Whether on their own or combined with other shades, the pairing of Serenity and Rose Quartz bring a feeling of calm and relaxation into the home environment. Like a serene sunset, Rose Quartz encourages reflection on one’s surroundings while Serenity, a transcendent blue, provides a naturally connected sense of space.” (PANTONE Color Institute – December 2015)
Flowers such as blue hydrangea (close match to Serenity) and garden roses (close match to Rose Quartz) will be welcome additions to any floral design in your home or seasonal affair.
2. Cultural Significance
The endemic nature of flowers provides them with cultural significance. Floral decorating can convey an appreciation for a certain culture and in 2016 designers are decking out homes in arrangements to express this. For instance, if you have a passion for Hawaiian culture, you may prefer to have a home filled with plumeria, hibiscus, anthurium, and the aptly named Bird of Paradise. Those with an appreciation for Japanese decor will also love this concept, given that flowers have deep meaning in Japanese culture. For example, the Tsubaki (camellia) flower represents humility while the Kiku (chrysanthemum) exemplifies nobility and/or purity.
3. Contrasts to Match Complementary Patterns
Patterns are big in 2016 when it comes to upholstery and window fashioning. The trend is towards bold choices in color and pattern combinations which can apply to your floral arrangements too. Explore new color contrasting (also known as split complementary in floral design) combinations within your arrangements while pairing them with upholstery and window covering patterns. When selecting flowers, use a color with another that is three full segments away in the color wheel, such as yellow with red, green with orange, or orange with violet.
4. Opulent Metallics
Metallics may not be the first thing that come to mind when considering floral design but once again the concept draws upon 2016 trends in upholstery and window covering. Opulent metallics intend to add sheen and sparkle to your home or event gathering. Decorative wires, dry-painted fauna and conifer cones will come dipped in gold, silver and copper to create a rich, luxurious theme. Metallics work well with traditional white, ivory or champagne toned flowers such as calla lilies, carnations, and ranunculus.
Floral design in 2016 also represents a return to romanticism. Bountiful textures that contrast sensuous and tactile colors set the theme, with flowers grouped in loose gatherings to provide an inspired garden feel. When considering lavish think of plush and exuberant flowers draping over the edges of their setting. Imagine yourself in a modern fairytale and you get the idea. Lavish flowers include roses, carnations and dahlias accented by stock and hypericum berries.
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