There are different ways to pick out the perfect floral centerpiece, depending on the setting and occasion. An arrangement that sits on top of a fireplace mantle will be different from those ornamenting tables at a wedding reception, for instance.
But for all of the variations between size, types of flower and budgets, the color of an arrangement will always play an important role in the final decision.
For holiday get-togethers, the most show-stopping, festive centerpieces are showcased on the dining room table. Usually, that festive feel is echoed in other centerpieces and arrangements throughout the living area. Smaller, simpler flower arrangements are typically used in the rest of the house—like guest rooms. For example, a cornucopia flower arrangement might be the table centerpiece while arrangements filled with flowers in Autumn hues might be scattered across the rest of the common areas.
Different flowers have different meanings, but the color also holds significance. Since centerpieces attract so much attention, they can literally set the tone for an entire room. Understanding that impact of color will help you find the right centerpiece for your desired effect.
Blue: This cool tone evokes calm and serenity. Paler shades can work especially well during the winter, although blue can subtly tie together a room year-round. Centerpiece flowers, often found in complimentary purple shades as well, include hydrangeas, irises and delphinium.
Pink: Cheerful pink flowers symbolize youth and innocence, with lighter tones adding a touch of grace. In addition to the rose, lilies, cold weather amaryllis and vivid peonies are all pretty in pink.
Purple: The color of royalty and luxury, purple is a bold shade to work with. If the jewel tone seems too distracting for a room, try out soft lavender instead. Purple mums, freesia and lavender will do for shorter table top arrangements, while striking irises and delphinium can provide height.
Red: Considering that the red rose is the ultimate symbol of passion, it’s hard to downplay the drama of a red centerpiece. However, for fall and winter décor, red can add a warm punch of color to any room or display. For more elegance, roses comes in a broad palette of ruby, scarlet and mauve, while gerbera daisies and carnations set a more casual and playful tone.
Yellow: Bright yellow flowers can bring the sunshine indoors. Perhaps the quintessential floral color of spring, yellow visibly signifies youth and energy. Options for this sunny shade abound, including brilliant sunflowers, tulips and daffodils. To heighten the drama, eye-grabbing lilies, orchids and roses are all dazzling in yellow.
White: Although white is always a complementary addition to a floral centerpiece, it can also serve as the focal point. Associated with purity and openness, white flowers can be an uplifting decorative accent. Among the variety of options, lilies, calia and orchid are some of the most attractive.
Orange: Nothing brings a burst of warmth and energy into a room like a tasteful orange centerpiece. These normally make their appearances in the fall with Halloween and Thanksgiving arrangements, but don’t let the holidays confine you. Springtime gerbera daisies are handsome in orange, and birds of paradise are an exotic choice.
Green: As the color of growth and renewal, green-themed arrangements stir up a sense of vitality. If you want to move away from florals and focus on ferns and plants, green is obviously the way to go. Sage cymbidium orchids and eucalyptus accents also pair well with similar warm tones.
As you pick out the perfect color for your centerpiece, don’t forget to pay attention to the vase as well. Even if the flowers pair together flawlessly, the wrong vase will ruin the overall presentation. Be sure that it enhances the bouquet but doesn’t distract. Its color and surface texture should also harmonize with the surrounding décor.