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How to Choose the Perfect Colors for Your Floral Arrangement

Ever wonder why when you arrange flowers it doesn't look like when the floral shop does it? Do you want to create a showstopping floral arrangement like the pros?

The trick to beautiful floral design is the color wheel. Remember it from elementary art? More specifically, use the same strategies as florists by following flower color wheel for your arrangements.

Learn about the different ways to group flowers using the floral color wheel for the same breathtaking arrangements.

Learn the Color Wheel

Do you remember learning R-O-Y-G-B-I-V in elementary art? The colors of the rainbow and the colors of an artists' color wheel. These same colors are used to guide florists from the floral color wheel.

Starting with the primary colors of red, yellow, and blue. Then there are the secondary colors creating by mixing two primary colors together. Red and yellow make orange, yellow and blue make green and blue and red make purple.

Finally, the wheel goes to the tertiary colors. These are created by the combining of one primary color and one secondary color, which gives the color its different variations of color.

White is considered neutral and is not on the color wheel. It can be added and will work with any combination on the floral color wheel.

Methods For Choosing Flowers For Your Arrangements

Floral color schemes come from using different combinations from the flower color wheel, which is inspired by an artist's color wheel. Consider one of these methods from the color wheel to arrange your next bouquet.


Complementary arrangements are made with any two colors found opposite each other on the color wheel. Imagine the high contrast colors of holiday red and green. For summer flowers, imagine fuchsia and chartreuse flowers coming from the complementary colors of red-purple and yellow-green.

Split Complementary

Using the split complementary method is a lovely way to create a floral bouquet. You take a color from one side of the wheel and add two colors that are next to its opposite on the wheel.

In a complementary arrangement, yellow and purple work together. In a split complementary arrangement, yellow work with red-purple and blue-purple.

Split complementary color combinations tend to be bright. Remember you can use lighter shades from the same location on the wheel to follow the same formula.


For a cohesive color palette in your arrangement, consider following the analogous formula. With this pattern, you would select three colors that are next to each other on the floral color wheel. Imagine a spring arrangement made from red-purple, purple, and blue-purple.


Monochromatic floral choices are one way to arrange with a splash. Choose one color from the floral wheel and only flowers from that color. This is one way that the texture and tone of the flowers really can stand out.


As the name implies, a triadic arrangement uses three floral colors from the color wheel that are equal distance apart on the wheel. In primary colors, that is red, blue and yellow. With different places on the wheel, you might select green, orange, and purple.

Use the Color Wheel For Your Floral Arrangements

You too, can make floral arrangements like the professionals by understanding how the color wheel works and applying it to your floral selections.

Better yet, let us help you create a gorgeous arrangement for a loved one or yourself. We can imagine the floral wheel together to create a one of a kind bouquet. Contact us here today to get started.