Techniques for creating arrangements (tables, pedestals, wall mounts)

Techniques for creating arrangements (tables, pedestals, wall mounts)

Table Arrangements

  • Start by considering the shape and size of the table. These factors will influence the size and shape of your arrangement.
  • A good rule of thumb is to make the arrangement about one-half or two-thirds the length of the table.
  • Rounded or symmetrical arrangements often work well on a round table, while elongated arrangements look good on a long rectangular table.
  • Make sure the arrangement is not too tall that it blocks view across the table. If you need height, consider a slender arrangement where the bulk of the flowers are high enough not to obstruct view.
  • Choose a colour scheme that complements the table settings and the surrounding room decor.
  • Small arrangements or bud vases placed at regular intervals can create a beautiful effect on a long table.
  • Include candles or fairy lights in your table arrangement for added atmosphere.

Pedestal Arrangements

  • These arrangements are often tall, so it’s important to build a balanced arrangement to avoid it toppling.
  • Begin with a substantial base of dense greenery that will support the flowers and provide structure.
  • The base of greenery should be heavy enough to counterbalance the weight of the flowers at the top.
  • Larger, bold flowers and blooms should be placed lower in the arrangement, closer to the base.
  • Lighter, smaller blooms can extend upwards with some height. This will create a visually balanced look.
  • Use the ‘rule of thirds’ to place your main focal points, which helps in crafting a pleasing composition.
  • Ensure each side has a similar weight visually. The arrangement may be viewed from all angles so it needs to look good from every perspective.

Wall Mounted Arrangements

  • The most important part of a wall arrangement is the choice of container or method of securing the flowers.
  • Wall-mounted vases, small metal or plastic containers can work well. They need to be securely fixed to the wall.
  • Be mindful of flower weight. Heavier flowers will need stronger containers and mounts.
  • Carefully consider how the arrangement will hang on the wall as this can affect the flowers’ access to needed water.
  • For visual interest, include trailing elements such as ivy or jasmine that will hang down naturally.
  • Wall arrangements should ideally be one and a half times the size of the vessel or container when fully arranged.
  • Vertical structure, texture and colour variation must be considered when arranging, as these arrangements are viewed from one side only.