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Color Trends in Floral Design for 2008

Each season brings its own twist to the color palette. Color trends can change considerably over time. Here is a look at what is going on currently. These are seen in floral design as well as fashion and home décor.

According to color trend forecasts, certain shades will be especially hot during the summer months. Let’s look at some of the trends to see how they can be applied to floral design.

Colors from nature will be especially desirable with blue and green being emphasized. For this season, icy toned blues should be the most predominant. In addition, other related colors will include blue-greens.

Accompanying the trendy blues are various tones of green. For the most part these will have descriptive names that refer to plants, such as menthol and aniseed.

What would summer be like without some hot looking colors? For this year, the trendy shades should include all shades of yellow, gold, and orange—especially those seen in citrus. In addition, russets should also be popular.

For contrast, the season’s tones will also include pale pastels. This is in line with the Zen-like simplicity of minimalism. With all the gloomy economic news, an interest in minimalism will be a major trend for this time.

There are various ways that floral designers can feature these trends in floral arrangements.

For example, consider using lots of foliage to provide a green color. All sorts of blue tones can come from flowers as well as floral container, ribbons, and bows. If you have a plain container, try wrapping it in some blue fabric.

In addition, try using large tropical leaves to wrap containers as a way of providing green color.

When it comes to hot colors, there is no shortage of suitable flowers. Yellow, gold, and orange lilies as well as sunflowers and gerberas would be perfect. So would russet colored roses and alstroemerias.

Regarding pastels, there are numerous ways this can be achieved in floral arrangements. It can come from the containers or the flowers. For summer, pastel gladiolus stems would be just great.

With minimalism continuing to be a trend, this can easily be incorporated into floral design. Make simple arrangements using one kind of flower in a single color. This approach works especially well if you use a simple white ceramic vase or bowl. Clear glass could also serve.

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