There are several different components that floral designers must be aware of if they want to be successful in floral designing. One of these is the use of colours, and there is a lot to be learned about this.
The Importance of Colours
When colours are used in a floral design, it often creates the first impression. Colours can create different emotions. The balance of the colours is the first step to be able to create a beautiful floral arrangement.
Bright colours can create a high contrast like when yellow and purple are used. These are meant to create an emotion of excitement and happiness. Opposite to this is the soft and subtle colours that are considered to be monochromatic. They have the ability to create a subtle and relaxed emotion.
The Colour Basics
The colour basics start with the primary colours, which are yellow, blue and red. From these colours, an array of other colours can be made. For example, blue and yellow will make green, where yellow and red will make orange.
Then this can be extended where tertiary colours can be made with a combination of colours. While the floral designer does not create the colours, they have to know how these colours work with each other as per the colour wheel.
Working in Harmony
Once the basic understanding of colours is recognized, then the designer has to know how to combine colours so that they will work in harmony and bring the best of them out. Some rules can be applied to this.
These are two colours that are opposite on the colour wheel. An example would be yellow and purple. To understand this, all one has to do is think of Christmas colours which are red and green and when looking at the colour wheel as being opposite each other.