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Looking back at the history of floral design can influence and inspire design trends for the future. A unit within my Diploma course explained how floral design has varied and developed over period of time. Below I look at 5 key European floral trends from different eras.
Floral motifs Fruit and vegetables
Classic style urns
Dianthus, daisies, lilies, violets, roses
The renaissance style emigrated from Italy throughout Europe. The creative energy and inspiration came from still life paintings which were popular at the time. Fruits and foliage such as olive and ivy were included within arrangements. Designs developed throughout this period to become more and more ornate.
(1600 – 1775 AD)
Design Elements: Large, bold flowers
Large metal or glass containers
Ornamental Gladiolus, roses, iris, peony, marigold, branches
Moving into the Baroque period meant floral arrangements were becoming much more ornamental and dramatic. Interiors at this time were becoming more lavish and this translated into the floral trends. The style was decadent, flamboyant and dramatic.
Tighter, denser arrangements
Roses, Hydrangeas Delicate glass containers
Soft pinks, whites and gold
In contrast to the exuberant Baroque style, Rococo floral design took influence from the romance of France and designs developed into a more feminine, delicate approach. The shape of arrangements changed to tall, elegant figures. Soft pinks and complimenting pastel colours emphasised the feminine and pretty style within this period.
Vibrant colour palettes
There wasn’t much transition from the Rococo period, during the Georgian period floral design remained very similar. Due to the influence in overseas trading, there was an oriental element to some of the designs. The fragrance and herbal symbolism of flowers came into play at the end of this period as well as wearable pieces. Pottery design by Wedgewood introduced more vibrant colour palettes.
Trinkets, Bell jars Bud vases
Forget me nots, feathers, shells
Flowers in this period became much more fashionable and recognised as a skill and profession. The style adopted a miniature approach with more detailed flowers being the key focus. These were complimented with small trinkets such as feathers, figurines to give a focal point and interest.
Image Credits: Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Georgian, Victorian
It’s sunny! It feels like Spring has finally sprung after lagging behind these last few weeks. To celebrate, I’ve put together a new inspiration board to add to the collection. Titled ‘Golden Boho’, it captures the free spirit style of Boho, combining natural and metallic accents to enhance the style. The palette is detailed and textured. Soft, flowing layers are contrasted against geometric shapes for modern twist. I particularity would love to have a go at painting the tips of feathers with a metallic paint. Cost effective and easy to do décor, but look how stunning it is!
FEATHERS: BOHO WEDDINGS HAIR: LOTTIE DA DESIGNS DREAM CATCHER: NOT ON THE HIGH STREET LANTERNS:AT HOME WITH ABBY TABLE SETTING: CONFETTI DREAMS FLOWERS: GLAMOUR AND GRACE RING: RUTH TOMLINSON CAKE: GLAMOUR AND GRACE INVITATIONS: THE MODEST BRIDE
Hello. Happy weekend!
I have been wanting to experiment with concrete for a while now after seeing a few ideas on Pinterest. The latest assignment on my wedding course gave me the perfect opportunity and excuse to have a go. As this was my first attempt, I wanted to keep it simple and try make tea light holders.
I bought a bag of cement and sand from B and Q. I wasn’t totally sure on the ratios for concrete, so I took a guess to find out what worked and what didn’t. You can get craft concrete online, which, in hindsight, probably would have been easier. However, we wouldn’t have had the joy of carrying a huge bag of sand out to the car (Heads up…B and Q only sells large bags of sand!)
Just a note: cement is different to concrete. Concrete is a mixture of an aggregate such as sand or gravel and cement.
My first experiment was to just use cement and see what the outcome was. I filled a plastic pint cup 1/3 full and then added water slowly until the consistency of the mixture was similar to cake batter.
It is worth noting, this is not a clean process and would be best to be done outside or in a well ventilated room. I put plastic sheets down which also made it easier to clear up and dispose of properly at the end. Be careful, and don’t put an mixture down the sink!
Once fully stirred and all the lumps had gone I poured it into another plastic cup, neatly, to ensure none of the mixture splashed on the side.
To make the aperture for the tea light to sit in, I placed a tea light candle centrally within the mixture and pushed it down to make it level with the top. As the cement mixture sets air bubbles will force the candle upwards so it need to be weighted and balanced. This is not easy as I found out when I pushed the candle in too far and it sunk into the cement mix, never to be seen again. After that attempt, I found that weighting the candle with coins seemed to work a lot better.
Once you find this perfect balance, walk away and let it set overnight. If you feel the candle is getting force upwards, give it a gentle push downwards as the concrete is hardening.
Once the outside of the mixture had turned a lighter grey (which is why I found using a clear plastic cup is better than a paper one) I made a cut in the cup and peeled back to remove the concrete from the mould. Leave to dry for another night.
When fully dry, there may be some rough areas to the rim and the top, I used some fine sand paper to gently rub these down. Again, do this in a well ventilated room or outside if you can!
To finish off the tea light holder, I painted the base in copper to add a warm metallic touch adding to the elegant luxe theme.
I then tried adding sand to the next experiment but I found the finish wasn’t as smooth as the cement one…so maybe we carried that bag of sand for nothing after all! I will keep experimenting. Now I’ve had a go I feel this could get addictive and I’m keen to make more and more.
These would be great to use on wedding tables, nestled in and amongst floral arrangements and contrasting against soft textured fabrics. They are unique, interesting and modern. Something different for you and your guests.
Alternatively, they could be a unique gift for loved ones or favours for the tables. The possibilities are endless. If you would like to know more, please get in touch.
So from the Wedding Academy Trend Report for 2016, metallics feature quite a lot, not just the usual silvers and golds but off beat metallics such as copper, rose gold and antique brass. These are simply divine and provide an alternative elegance. I got to thinking how can this be introduced within a table setting design in a fairly cost effective way.
With a dinner party planned with friends, it gave me a great opportunity to be creative, try out some ideas and put my thoughts into action.
With inspiration from metallic painted cakes I decided to try painting a pear. I bought copper edible paint from Amazon for just under £4. The pot was a lot smaller than I imagined but it stretched further than I first thought.
I bought some conference pears from the supermarket. I tried to select ones that were a similar shape and size but the unique irregular character is all part of the charm.
Two days before the dinner party I began painting the pears, holding them with the stem and covering them bit by bit with a small watercolour paint brush. The following day, I gave them another coat and also painted the stem. They dried overnight, ready to be assembled the following day.
I racked my brains for some wording ideas. Rather than having the names of guests, I wanted a quirky message to create more of a talking point. ‘What a pear’ came to mind but for the purpose of a dinner party I thought something more edgy was needed. So I came up with ‘Grow a…’ as in the saying ‘grow a pair’ (man up!). A bit of tongue and cheek humour to hopefully gain a giggle as guests sat down. The quote was presented on an off white card cut in the shape of a leaf. A small twine bow was added to finish each setting.
The pears were then positioned on folded linen napkins on the plate settings. To repeat the metallic feature, peach toned hexagon mirrors were nestled within the table runners, eucalyptus and candles to add more reflection to the table.
I think the overall effect worked well and I was pleasantly surprised with how simple and effective the painted pears were. Our guests were very surprised that they were also edible and confirmed they were at the end of the night!
I hope this post shows how the metallic trend can be used in a cost effective and quirky way which can easily be translated within a wedding design. I’m looking forward to trying more designs with metallic paint.
In need of cheering up due to this miserable winter weather, I’ve put together (with a little help from the Pantone app), a colour palette for the beautiful Ranunculus flowers. The feminine tones are rich, pretty and bashful. The fuchsias, raspberry and sorbet pink colours all tone together to create a punchy palette. I’ve also looked at how these stunning blooms can be used within wedding bouquets or centre pieces.
Below is such a pretty example of using just one colour flower within a floral centrepiece. Because the flower has many layers and intricate details, the colour variations are already there and there is no need to crowd this with another flower to fight for attention.
I love how the flowers are complimented with the timber crate and blue tones of the glass vases. So pretty and elegant.
Image credit: Of Spring and Summer
This Ranunculus bouquet is so cheerful and fun. The soft pinks put together with the vibrant peaches create a definite wow factor. Adding the delicate white tones really brings more of a refined element making it fun yet classy. The shape of the bouquet mirrors the roundness of the Ranunculus perfectly. In the background you can just see a glimpse of a navy and white ribbon for an extra fun and personalised element.
Image credit: Brides
Moving onto probably my favourite of all three examples, this centrepiece below has adopted a more rustic and relaxed feel. The Ranunculus is the feature flower and still stands proud as the focal point and sets the tone for the colour palette. Nestled into the arrangement are various foliages and smaller flowers. These act as a platform for the Ranunculus to really stand on. I love the laid back approach to this style and it really emphasises how versatile the Ranunculus flower can be.
Image credit: Glitter for Breakfast
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading!
This second mock up post shows a simple napkin setting. With the floral arrangements and favours creating a focal point on the tables at the wedding, I wanted to keep the napkin settings simple. There are so many fancy design inspirations out there but as I say, I didn’t want them to detract away from the other table details.
The photos below show a step by step folding guide for you to try yourself.
Step 2: Fold the top down half way. Fold the bottom up a quarter of the way.
Step 3: Fold the bottom section up, hiding the edge of the top section.
Step 4: Flip over the napkin. Fold each end towards the centre.
Step 5: Fold the napkin in half to reveal a pocket for the menu.
The napkins were then bound with twine and a brown name label which were a repeated element within the stationary. A sprig of aromatic rosemary added an organic final touch.
The napkin settings were prepared the day before the wedding, boxed and ready for the venue to lay them out in line with the step ladder table plan (shown in my last mock up post).
Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for more napkin ideas soon.