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1 Floral Design Principles & Elements
Instructional Materials Service Texas A&M University 8946A

2 Introduction The principles and elements of design assist floral designers in selecting materials and visualizing compositions.

3 Introduction Design principles and elements are important in the design and construction of compositions that are: Structurally sound Functional Aesthetically pleasing

4 Principles of Design The principles of design are guidelines that govern the organization of the elements and materials in accordance with the laws of nature.

5 Principles of Design The primary principles of design include: Balance
Proportion Dominance Contrast Rhythm Harmony Unity

6 Balance Balance is the physical and visual stability of a floral arrangement. Physical or mechanical balance refers to the physical stability of the arrangement. Visual balance refers to the visual appearance of the arrangement.

7 Balance Two types of visual balance are: Symmetrical balance
Asymmetrical balance

8 Symmetrical Balance For a symmetrically balanced floral arrangement:
An equal amount of materials exists on either side of an imaginary central vertical axis through the center of the arrangement. Central vertical axis

9 Symmetrical Balance One side of the arrangement is a near mirror image of the other side.

10 Symmetrical Balance The focal point exists at the center of the arrangement, near the base of the vertical axis. Focal point

11 Symmetrical Balance This visual balance is referred to as formal balance and has a formal appearance.

12 Asymmetrical Balance For an asymmetrically balanced floral arrangement: The visual weight on either side of the arrangement is not the same.

13 Asymmetrical Balance The imaginary vertical axis is to the left or right of the center of the arrangement, balancing the visual weight accordingly.

14 Asymmetrical Balance Vertical line Visual balance is achieved by creating a high vertical line on one side of the arrangement and a low horizontal line on the other side. Horizontal line

15 Asymmetrical Balance The focal point exists at the bottom of the arrangement, near the base of the vertical axis, which is off-centered. Focal point

16 Asymmetrical Balance This visual balance is referred to as informal balance and has a more informal and natural appearance.

17 Establishing Visual Balance
To establish visual balance in an arrangement, position larger flowers with bold, distinctive shapes and darker colors lower in the arrangement.

18 Establishing Visual Balance
Place darker, heavier colors nearer to the center of the arrangement. Light Dark Light Dark

19 Establishing Visual Balance
Smaller flowers with lighter colors and more delicate textures appear lighter in weight. Therefore, place these flowers toward the edges and perimeter of the arrangement.

20 Proportion & Scale Proportion is the relationship in size and quantity among the parts within an arrangement. Relationships among flowers, foliage, and the container affect the proportion of an arrangement.

21 Proportional Standard
The standard commonly used by florists to achieve a pleasing proportion between the plant material and the container is to make the height of an arrangement at least 1 ½ times the height or width of the container, whichever is the greater dimension.

22 Proportioning Stem Lengths
Proportioning stem length to low container Proportioning stem length to tall container

23 Visual Weight The size and color of flowers and their positions within an arrangement are also important for achieving proportion. Larger and darker colored flowers have more visual weight than smaller, lighter colored flowers.

24 Scale Scale refers to the relationship of an arrangement with its surroundings. Larger arrangements are more in scale in larger, open settings.

25 Dominance / Emphasis Most floral arrangements consist of one type of form flower that has more visual interest or dominance over the other flower types. This area of strong visual appeal is the focal point of the arrangement, attracting the viewer’s eyes to the arrangement.

26 Dominance / Emphasis In traditional geometric floral arrangements, the location of the focal point is located just above the rim of the container. The stems of flowers and foliage making up the arrangement appear to radiate from this area.

27 Dominance / Emphasis The size, color, form, and location of flowers in the focal area dominate the other flowers in the arrangement. Focal Point

28 Contrast Contrast is emphasis by means of difference.
Contrast adds richness and impact through opposition. Color and texture are two means of achieving contrast in an arrangement.

29 Rhythm Rhythm gives a design the feeling or appearance of motion, leading the eye to the focal point and throughout the arrangement. Rhythm uses the elements of form, line, color, and space to develop the sense of motion.

30 Rhythm Techniques such as repetition, radiation of lines, and transition are also effective for developing rhythm in an arrangement.

31 Radiation Radiation provides the illusion that all the flower stems originate from one growth point.

32 Transition Transition involves the gradual change or progression of plant materials from the perimeter of an arrangement to the focal area. Visual movement from the perimeter of the arrangement to the focal area occurs due to gradual changes in flower spacing, size, and facing.

33 Harmony Harmony is created through the blending of textures, shapes, and colors in a floral arrangement. The floral materials in an arrangement should harmonize with the container, the style of design, and the surroundings.

34 Unity Unity provides a feeling that a design is a single unit.
Unity in an arrangement occurs when all the principles and elements blend together.

35 Elements of Design The physical characteristics of materials used in designs make up the elements of design. Line, form, texture, color, and space are the traditional elements of design. Two additional contemporary design elements are pattern and size.

36 Elements of Design Combining the properties of the design elements with the principles of design is the foundation of successful design.

37 Line Line is the design element that forms the structural framework of a floral composition. It establishes a visual path and creates motion throughout the arrangement by encouraging the viewers’ eyes to travel from one part of the arrangement to another.

38 Line The element of line establishes the structure, shape, movement, and excitement in the arrangement and creates the dimensions of height, width, and depth.

39 Line In Western style geometric designs, lines radiate from a central point in an arrangement. Line directions may be: Horizontal / Diagonal – relaxed Vertical – strength Curved – gentle and softness

40 Line The use of linear materials in an arrangement is effective in establishing line within the arrangement.

41 Line Flowers

42 Line Foliage

43 Form Form is the overall three-dimensional external shape of a design. Three basic forms of geometric floral arrangements expressed in two-dimensional terms include the circle, square, and triangle.

44 Texture Texture refers to the relative comparisons among the visual and tactile surface qualities of an object. An effective design guideline for texture is to use either a complete blend or a definite contrast. Repeating or contrasting textures adds interest and beauty to a design.

45 Color Colors of flowers carefully blended and positioned in an arrangement reflect the mood of the design.

46 Space Space includes the area in, around, and between the materials making up a design. Use of this design element prevents crowding of materials and allows for each flower to be seen. Space provides an opportunity for the viewers’ eyes to rest, thus giving importance to line and form.

47 Space Two types of space exist within a floral arrangement.
Positive space is the space occupied by the flowers and foliage. Negative space refers to the empty areas that exist between the floral materials. Negative space

48 Space The use of negative space allows the designer to enhance and draw attention to particular forms or lines within a design.

49 Pattern Pattern is closely related to form and refers to the silhouette or outline of an arrangement or flower as observed against its background. It includes both positive space and negative space within the arrangement. Pattern also refers to a repeated physical characteristic of a plant material.

50 Pattern Five standard patterns common to floral design include: Round
Oval Symmetrical triangle Asymmetrical triangle Rectangular

51 Pattern

52 Size Size is a contemporary design element. It refers to the dimensions of line, form, and space.

53 Foundation of Floral Design
The foundation of floral design is based on the natural occurrence of design principles and elements that exist together in unity and harmony. Each is important and interrelated to impact the entire appearance and visual expression of an arrangement.

54 Acknowledgements Jane Gloyd, TMF, AAF, Horticultural Professor (retired), Richland College, Dallas, Texas organized and developed the information used in this PowerPoint presentation. Christine Stetter, Artist, Instructional Materials Service, developed and illustrated this PowerPoint presentation. Keith Zamzow, Curriculum Specialist, Instructional Materials Service, edited and reviewed this PowerPoint presentation.

55 All Rights Reserved Reproduction or redistribution of all, or part,
of this presentation without written permission is prohibited. Instructional Materials Service Texas A&M University 2588 TAMUS College Station, Texas 2007

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