I don't have any hard and fast rules about flower colors. You can do whatever you want. But I'd like to share some basic floral design color principles that I find helpful in my work. Please let me know what you think.
9 Tips On Selecting Flower Colors for Your Centerpieces
1. Stick to the natural colors of flowers. There are plenty of them. If you're having an over-the-top birthday party and your name is Sapphire, go ahead and have all your flowers dyed royal blue. Otherwise, choose your colors from nature. Or at least the engineered colors floral laboratories can now get flowers to grow in. I mean, or the new colors now available from cut flower growers.
2. Choose your flower colors first and build your event around them. I'm always amused when my brides come in asking for flower colors like winsome green. These colors don't exist outside of a bridesmaid dress catalog. Not by that name anyway. Once I see the swatch,I can guide them to colors that will complement their floral arrangements.
3. Use only 2 or 3 flower colors. A limited color palette will give your centerpieces a more sophisticated look. If there's a pink rose, for example, that has a bit of green and white in it, I'd use those colors. Mostly pink and white flowers with green foliage.
4. Go monochromatic. If red is the color you want, then shoot for an all red centerpiece. Use flowers of different types and textures to give your floral arrangements more pizazz.
5. Stay in the same tone. Some colors are bright and others dusty. Use either one tone or the other. The dusty colors look like they have a little gray in them. If you're using a dusty rose color, then a watermelon pink flower wouldn't go. One would look a little dirty next to the other. Do you know what I mean? I'd choose either a bright or dusty color palette.
6. Use paint chips to help you pull your colors together. Once you select your colors, go to a paint store and pick up free paint chips that match your flowers. Then when you begin choosing your tablecloths, napkins, etc. you have your colors handy.
7. Go ahead and play with color. It's your party. Who says you can't use hot pink and bright yellow. Orange and purple. Red and lime green. You don't have to use harvest reds, oranges and golds just because your event is in September. But, remember that using seasonal flowers may be cheaper. Florists are more likely to carry seasonal colors than others. But, if you order your flowers in advance, there shouldn't be a problem.
8. Be open to suggestions from your floral designer if you're using one. It should be someone whose style you like. And whose judgement you trust. When we first opened our shop, we used to get many brides whose styles didn't match ours. They wanted very traditional and sometimes tacky floral design. So I began praying that God would send us customers seeking the kind of floral design we do. And voila, our kind of clients began coming out of the woodwork.
9. Consider the event and your guests. If you're doing a 90th birthday party for Aunt Tillie the neon yellow and green minimalist floral centerpieces you were thinking about might not be the way to go. Unless that's just how she rolls. If yellow and green are her favorite colors opt for something a bit more traditional. It doesn't have to be boring though.
So those are my tips about how to choose flower colors for your centerpieces. Any questions?