Floral Design Day was established in 1995 as an homage to Carl Rittner, who was the founder of the School of Floral Design in Boston. Recognized as both a pioneer and a visionary in the industry, Rittner was committed to elevating the discipline of floral design to an art form, or for people to see the artists who worked in the floral medium to be seen for the talent and creativity they brought to their jobs every day. Many professionals in the floral industry can trace their legacy back to Rittner, making this day to honor him, a day to honor all floral designers across the country. Those who study design of any kind will recognize the basic elements necessary for excellent floral design – shape, texture, color, and space.
The basic shapes utilized in flower arranging are round and triangular, and will either be horizontal or vertical in orientation. Once the designer determines the basic outline of the design, he or she will fill it in with flowers, with an eye towards keeping the display balanced.
Most florists work from the color wheel when determining the perfect palette for their design. Florals arrangements can be monochromatic, complementary, adjacent, or triadic. Monochromatic designs utilize variations of a single color, while complementary designs choose two colors that are highly contrasting, such as blue and orange. Adjacent designs achieve rich vibrancy by using three colors which are adjacent to each other on the wheel. Triadic designs are the most complex, using three basic colors that are equidistant from each other on the color palette.
Making sure that texture is varied will give an arrangement depth and keep it from looking flat and boring. The concept of space allows for there to be natural visual places in the design on which the eye can rest.
It is easy to see that there is a lot more to floral design than you may have realized – and that floral designers are truly artists who work very hard at their craft. This Floral Design Day, Trias Flowers would like to celebrate all of those on our team whose skill and dedication help to make Miami a more beautiful place every day.