At the beginning of the year, the International Floral Distributors Inc, a group of wholesale floral distributors in the U.S., puts out a publication of what the floral trends will be for that year. For 2013, floral designers Bill Schaffer and Kris Kratt were selected as the forecasters and the trends are not only varied but inspiring.
As an event professional, I know and adamantly advocate, that having fantastic florals for an event or party just elevates everything to something wonderful. Sometimes we overlook the importance of florals when we are having a smaller event or party, or often feel that beautiful arrangements are for milestone events like a wedding or big corporate function. Well, this is just not so!
I use florals and various arrangements for almost every party or event I do in my personal life, and I encourage and include florals as a line item for any consultation that I provide. It is one element that can change the look and feel of any room or any party quickly. A barren table is instantly transformed with the colour and texture of a floral arrangement.
I will write often about florals, and stay tuned for future posts on arranging and selecting the best florals, but for now, let’s be inspired with the cool trends of 2013.
This palette would lend itself to more formal arrangements as the IFD advocates the use of crystal and clear glass to really accent the colours of white, apple green and grays. Think big, unique flowers wrapped in shimmering crystals. Very elegant and very classic. It’s a fun palette for formal weddings and even corporate events as it’s consistency with minimal colour and accents makes it a bit easier to execute.
As this palette suggests, the trend looks to the past for inspiration and nostalgia, but takes a modern approach through the combinations of colours and blooms. The palette embraces the use of pretty and complimentary hues like sage, moss, peach and pink. By adding a contrasting hue, it turns it more modern. This is a palette that I naturally gravitate to as it’s the colours that I like to use the most. It’s also extremely versatile lending itself to a romantic wedding just as easily as for a beautiful baby shower or children’s party.
This particular palette carries on with the jewel toned trend that was evident in 2012 and transports you to a feeling of mystical gardens and enchanted worlds. Big, bold colours like teal, purple, sapphire, and violet present a really rich combination. It’s a good palette to have fun with and play around with various elements. It would be great for an outdoor party in the summer with flickering candles and warm aromas.
This is probably my favourite trend so far. I love the whimsical and playful feeling that the colour combinations provide and I can see it working for so many types of events and parties. The combination of the tangerine, turquoise, blue and pinks just makes me think of fun and by using earthy tones like moss or taupe, the bold colours really pop. From a fun birthday party to a quirky wedding shower, I think this palette is so fun.
So much inspiration, so much colour, so much fun! Which one inspires you? You can use these trends not only in the florals that you choose, but as the cornerstones for your theme and decor. Just have fun, play and enjoy.
photo source: schaffer designs