17 February 2016

Creative Ways with Flowers - # 1 - Orange Flowers

Orange flowers is not everybody's favourite - and more often than not it's simply because a lot of people don't like the colour orange. 

Well, I quite like orange but I have to admit that it's not an easy colour to combine with other colours. The way a vase with orange flowers is so intense in colour that it almost jumps out at you. 

At the flower stall I found one of my favourite orange tulips and a mixed bunch of orange ranunculus ranging from an orange red to almost yellow.   

Orange is the hottest colour in the spectrum and it can be an intense and challenging colour to work with. So what I have done in most of my arrangements here - is that I have followed the colour-wheel and picked the complementary blue colour to contrast with the orange.  

For the first arrangement I have used a dark blue handmade glass vase - many years ago it was a wedding present from the glass blower herself. I made a loose arrangement with the orange tulips and the dark blue vase nicely complements the flowers. 

For the second arrangement I have used a pastel blue vintage jug from the 1930's. It's a little bit more of a challenging and unusual light blue colour that I'm using here to complement the orange ranunculus.

In the third I'm featuring a Swedish hand-blown glass bowl by Bertil Vallien. The tulip stems are cut very short and sits neatly upright next to each other in the bowl. 

For the last arrangement I had to cheat - I simply couldn't find a blue vase anywhere that would fit this mixed hand-tied bunch I made of the tulips and the ranunculus - so I used a vintage cut glass vase. But it ended up being the perfect size as well as nice and neutral. So it all had a happy ending!  

Enjoy your flower arranging and have a fabulous floral Wednesday!

I'll be back later in the week with more floral delights from 
Of Spring and Summer.


~ xoxo ~ 

[Styling and Photography © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer.]


Madelief said...

Beautiful! Have a lovely day Ingrid!

Madelief x

Frances said...

Ingrid, perhaps because orange is not my favorite color (although I do like many orange foods) it is interesting to see how you've made some lovely arrangements here. Yes, varieties of blue vases do give the orange flowers an anchor. I particularly love the next to last picture with the blooms just peeking over the top of the deep blue glass vase. Not having any green leaves as a bridge between the flowers and the vase keeps both colors' spirits jolly. xo

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