Whether you are hosting friends or just looking spruce up your home, floral arrangements always an easy way make a space feel fresh and refined. While you can shell out extra cash at the florist, it's even better when you can curate and style the selection yourself and save some money along the way.
To help you learn a fast and simple way to style an arrangement, we tapped Tulipina owner Kiana Underwood for guidance. As Instagram's most-followed floral designer and author of Color Me Floral, this creative definitely know her way around blooms. Read ahead to get styling.
Set Yourself Up For Success
"Having the right supplies on hand makes it much easier (and far less frustrating!) to create a beautiful arrangement," shares Underwood. What should you have on hand? "A good pair of floral scissors or shears," she says. "A clean cut on your stems is crucial for having longer-lasting, healthier blooms."
Underwood adds, "A floral pin frog is my secret weapon! This tool is extremely sturdy, and the sharp pins that line the top allow you to secure heavier branches and flowers in place without toppling over." She adds, "Plus, they’re extremely durable so you can reuse them again and again!"
"Use floral putty to secure the floral pin frog to the bottom of the vessel you’re arranging in," suggests the designer. "But always make sure to apply before putting water in the vessel — it must be dry in order to adhere!"
Thoughts On Color
"Figuring out what colors and flowers go together in an arrangement can often be the most overwhelming part for most people," says Underwood. "I like to draw inspiration for a color palette from the flowers themselves. A flower might seem all one color when looked at as a whole, but if you look closely at any one bloom you’ll see it’s made up of various colors and hues, whether in the center or on the petals’ tips. This strategy will allow you to create seemingly effortless 'monochromatic' arrangements filled with complementary colors and a ton of dimension."
"Go into your shopping trip with a color palette in mind, but that’s it. If you go into it trying to recreate a specific arrangement, you’ll only wind up frustrated and disappointed when you can’t find the exact flower you’re looking for," advises Underwood. "Get creative and work with what’s local and in season around you."
Take Your Time
"Take a full lap around the flower section of your local store or market before making your selections," suggests the designer. "Make a note of things that you find interesting, and potentially ask for them to be held while you decide what you really want to take home. Cut flowers are expensive, so to stay within budget, take your time to get the best palette and selection."
Prep Your Flowers
"After bringing your chosen flowers home from the market, give them a quick snip and put them in fresh water to keep them looking their best until you are ready to use them," says Underwood.
"Cover your work surface with newspaper so when you’re done, any flower cuttings will just get wrapped up and tossed away for the easiest cleanup ever," she advises.
Create Your Base
"Start your arrangement with the heaviest elements first — branches, fruits, foliage — to serve as the base and give the design some structure," Underwood suggests. "To create an organic, asymmetrical arrangement, create a base shape with high and low points on opposite sides (your 'lowest point' can even be draped over the edge of your vessel, to really create some drama!)"
One suggestion? "When you are placing the branches amongst the pins of the floral frog, be sure to create balance by inserting around the edges as well as in the center of the tool," says the designer.
Embrace The Unexpected
"Don’t underestimate the element of surprise: add in something unexpected, like sprigs of herbs or a branch of citrus fruits, then let it flow out of the vase in a natural way. This will make even a completely Trader Joe’s-sourced arrangement feel unique and elevated," shares Underwood.
Fill In The Gaps
"Start adding in your floral elements, giving the stems enough space that each flower has room to shine," advises Underwood. "Make sure flowers of the same type are cut to different lengths to continue filling out your beautiful asymmetrical shape, and avoid creating a globe."
Choose Your Focal Point
"The final touch on your arrangement should be your 'focal point' flower — a bold or bright bloom that attracts the eye and draws the viewer into the arrangement," recommends Underwood. "Medium to large flowers tend to work best, but play around and see what makes an impact on the eye!"