Getting your floral arrangements right this holiday season would be great if you knew where to start. The good thing is you've got a simple guide here that'll make sure your arrangement looks as it should, especially with all the competition out there.
The Bold Approach
Choosing a floral arrangement for the holiday season is about choosing something interesting that connects to typical holiday colors. This is the reason a bold approach might work. If your goal is to make a statement, then do dark and dramatic. This means sticking to dark burgundies and dark purples. You'll want something like coleus foliage, bush ivy, some strong red spray roses, and hellebores. Some folks go even further and add a few blue or black colors but only a few because you want your other colors to pop.
Of course, if you want to go simple, the best way to achieve this is to stick to what you expect over the holidays. For example, adding beautiful red roses to a green palette is a good idea, especially if you add a few cranberries and maybe some pine cones. You want colors that echo the colors people use during the holidays. It may be simple, but a floral arrangement that echoes other decorations will fit naturally in a home. Keep in mind this will only work if your home isn't heavily decorated with the colors of the season.
People can use many bold colors during the holidays, and you should keep this in mind when choosing your vase. Most vases are decorated, which is great but not ideal if you're going to use strong colors in your arrangement. This might make things feel too busy. You want to choose a vase or a bowl that's easy on the eye to arrange your choices. Ideally, you'd choose wood since that'll look great and should remind folks of the wood you see in nature during the fall and winter.
Beyond the Flowers
When people think about creating a floral arrangement, they get stuck on flowers, roses, and regular plants, but the truth is there's more to consider. You need to expand your ideas about floral arrangements a bit, especially during the holidays. You already do this by adding pine cones and cranberries, but there's much more to consider like lavender, dried vegetables like artichokes, or dried whole fruits like pomegranates. These additions could make your arrangement feel unexpected but quite fun and memorable.
The plants you choose this time around should have more to do with the presentation. It's easy to get stuck on placing your floral arrangement as one centerpiece, but that doesn't have to be the case. You can arrange smaller vases around your table. You could also get a little wilder and try a suspended arrangement. Remember that many folks hang their herbs and flowers to dry, which is basically what you'll be doing here. An interesting color arrangement to consider if you're creating a suspended arrangement is to stick to fall colors.
If you have a lot of colors in your home, then it's not a good idea to add more. At this point, it might be wise to revert to the classic monochrome solution, which means sticking to white roses instead of strong colors. You could throw a hint of color in your arrangement, like maybe those dried cranberries might work though they aren't necessary. If it's snowing outside, the white roses might work out even better since you're arrangement will remind everyone of the beautiful snow outside. Make sure the vase or vases you use are only a shade or two lighter or darker than the white roses.
You've got a few tips that should help you arrange your flower arrangement for the holidays, but you could also talk to a professional. If you aren't sure where to go, a florist should be able to guide you in the right direction so that you're able to pull off exactly what you want this holiday.