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From peonies to hydrangeas and roses, paying attention to stem size, wrapping, color, and arrangement can get overwhelming when putting together a bouquet. Here are some important tips to remember when making or buying the perfect flower bouquet.

Set the tone with color

The star of every bouquet is color and it should be one of the most important considerations of the arrangement you choose. An easy tip is sticking to flowers that are in close proximity to each other on the color wheel. So when in doubt, reach for a mix of tonal options such as classic white assortments or a bright assembly of warmer hues that’ll ensure your arrangement feels cohesive.

That said, pops of unexpected color or contrast can be a wonderful opportunity to add personality to your bouquet. Taking cues from seasonal inspiration or drawing from your individual style is the perfect way to make a bouquet feel personal.

Lighting also matters when picking up the blooms. Rooms that have low light will make bold colored flowers standout, while brightly lit rooms will look good with subtly shaded flower bouquets.

Focus on the balance

Like many other living things, flowers have the power to radiate energy throughout a space. Balancing your arrangement with its environment is key to ensuring your bouquet lives harmoniously. For example, a tall, multicolored arrangement can add drama to a space, while a compact monochrome bouquet, or even a single stem in a sleek vessel, can lend an air of sophisticated elegance. For a soft visual statement that can complement any space, go for tightly arranged bouquets that are cut closer to the vase. If you’re aiming for a more spirited mood, select a tall arrangement that, when cut, will take on a freer spirit when it unfolds.

Your vase choice is just as important as the flowers you choose to put in it. So don’t forget to consider what’s beneath your blooms, as well. Allow the season to dictate the vase. So, for summer, consider mason jars or an oversized jug. In winter, try experimenting with more substantial materials such as marble or wood that will naturally showcase your arrangement.

Consider all the senses

Beyond their aesthetics, a flower’s fragrance can actually influence our sense of taste as well. If you plan to dress your table with flowers, make sure you take a sniff before just placing them at the center. Flowers are beautiful and many have incredible scents—some are very gentle and others more assertive—which means they could complement or interfere with the aroma and taste of whatever you might be serving.

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