Color scheme is an essential part of designing a flower arrangement. This Shavuot, create an attractive bouquet using basic color theory principles.

Primary Colors

There are three primary colors—red, blue and yellow. They are the key essential anchors on the color wheel. When mixed together in different proportions, they create secondary colors such as orange, purple and green. Play around with primary colors to create vivid and striking flower arrangements

Harmonious Colors

Colors that are next to one another on the color wheel will be visually pleasing. For example, orange harmonizes well with red and yellow in a mixed arrangement, because it sits between them on the color wheel.

Tonal Value

Why not mix up your arrangement using the same color, but variations of tonal intensity. Vary your arrangements with pale and warmer blooms. This creates harmony and can influence the mood of an arrangement, making it warmer or cooler, or gentle vs. intense.

Contrasting Colors

Colors that sit opposite each other on the color wheel work very well together. For example, the bouquets of pink and green look more vibrant, saturated and pure when placed together than if arranged separately. The opposite colors complement each other very well.

The Rules in Practice

In general, most color combinations will work, but there are some that work better than others, such as purple and yellow and red, or blue and yellow, or even green and purple and orange. You want to make sure that your arrangements are not too confusing to the eye, which can lead to weakening your overall design. Think simple. A good guideline is to limit your arrangement to 2–3 harmonizing colors (that are next to one another) and 1–2 complementary colors (across from each other).

Happy Shavuot!