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Christmas in July

I know, summer began just a few weeks ago and here we are talking about Christmas. But, honestly, who doesn’t look forward to this season? It’s the most wonderful time of the year! On a serious note though, this year’s trends are definitely something to look out for! Here’s a little bit of what you can expect to see this Christmas season!

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Florists Share 2013 Wedding Color Trend Secrets

Our florists are definitely the top experts of what is happening this year when it comes to wedding color trends. With every new client comes a little insight into what brides are asking for, and that translates into what’s hot for 2013 weddings.

When asked to divulge the most popular colors seen this summer, florists responded with popular trends happening in their area. Here is a detailed list of hot color palettes designers, and brides alike, can’t seem to get enough.

#1. coral

(with mint blue) – most votes!
With refreshing sea hues, this combination recalls the soft coral color of shells and fond dreams of the beach.


#2. shades of blue

Proof that calm soothing colors can be exciting and eye-catching as well.


#3. purple

Purple is the meeting place between red and blue; combinations of this hue lend a perfect mix to a happy day.


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Shades of Emerald Green – The Color of the 2013!

Send Emerald Green Flowers - the 2013 Color of the Year

Pantone, the global authority on color, has named PANTONE 17-5641, or Emerald Green the color of the year for 2013!

Why Emerald Green for 2013?

 “Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. Also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity, no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.”

“The most abundant hue in nature, the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally-appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.”

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The Colors of Fall – Trends for 2012

Possibly the most beautiful season of all, the colors of autumn are something we look forward to all year. The rustic reds, dusty oranges, and saffron yellows tantalize our senses like no other hues. However, it’s often the POP of accent color that takes everyone by surprise.

Last year, a washed-denim blue was a popular favorite. It was everywhere you would see fall color — wedding flowers, fashion trends, and especially home decor. This fall, blue is back but in even more colors and shades. You will also see a lot of unexpected colors, such as: lime greens, purples, magentas and other jewel tones.

2012 Fall Flower Color Trends

Let’s take a look at a few fashion-inspired color palettes you can use for your fall flowers and decorating.
(4Florists: Create and promote designs using these trendy colors and you’ll do more than turn a few heads this fall!)

Early Fall - Fall color trends Contemporary Autumn Flowers

Early Fall

The colors of early fall give re-energize us and get us excited for the season to come. In the color palette above, you see an abundance of bright greens and yellows, just like the first stages of the changing leaves. Pops of rusty brown and burgundy really make this color scheme a big trend for the season.

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The Colors of Spring

Spring is just around the corner and I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait! Nothing is better than warm weather and being outdoors! If you want to get a jump start on spring, order a big bouquet of spring blooms — either for yourself, or as a gift! Here are some great spring flower inspirations based on color to get you started:


  • Yellow is the cheerful color of sunshine; the color of bees and many spring flowers.
  • Yellow spring flowers include: Tulips, Daffodils, Alstroemeria, Callas, Freesia
  • It’s color compliment is purple.

Yellow Spring Tulips Daffodil Spring Flower Yellow Spring Flowers


  • Pink, sometimes referred to as “the color of love,” is associated with youth and femininity.
  • Pink spring flowers include: Gerbera daisies, Anemones, Asters, Tulips, Heather, Lilies
  • The name pink actually is from the name of a flower, pinks, a type of dianthus.
  • It’s color compliment is bright green.

 All Daisy Flower Arrangement Cherish Spring Flower Arrangement  Suddenly Spring Flowers

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Amethyst Flowers For A Jewel of a Bouquet

This month’s favorite flower color is amethyst. Starting last month, we are spotlighting unique flower colors for you to use in custom flower arrangements, wedding bouquets, centerpieces and anywhere else you might need flowers. To make the colors chosen a little more interesting, we are starting with birthstone colors. Last month’s was garnet, and this month it’s amethyst, or purple.

Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz often used in jewelry. Amethyst occurs in primary hues from a light pinkish violet to a deep purple. Amethyst may exhibit one or both secondary hues, red and blue.

When creating a color palette for your flower arrangement or wedding bouquet, choose analogous colors to amethyst, meaning next to it on the color wheel. These include dusty pinks and mauve-ish purples. Amethyst’s complement is a vibrant, bright green — a great way to make your purple flowers really POP! The tetrad and triad colors of amethyst are also easily incorporated into floral designs. The triad’s turquoise and tawny-browns give this hue a surprising rustic mood. Keep these colors in mind when creating your next Amethyst purple flower arrangement or color palette.

Purple Color Matching Purple Complemetary Colors

Purple Triad Color Purple Tetrad Colors

The following guide are a collection of very unique, amethyst colored flowers available from your local florists. Of course, there are also lovely purple roses, but most people know about those! This guide focuses on a purple flowers you might not think of!

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Unusual Garnet Flowers To Match Your Unique Style

Guide To Garnet Flowers

Recently, we did an article about January birthday ideas and suggested sending flowers in the color of the January birthstone, garnet. After thinking about it for a while, there are a ton of great, garnet colored flowers! Garnet flowers can mark special moments in January, like anniversaries, weddings, or other memorable events, but garnet is a wonderful color that really deserves more attention. Use this guide to garnet flowers all year long to accent your favorite occasions!

Garnet is a gemstone that comes in a variety of colors, but it is mostly depicted as reddish-brown to dark reds. They can also be found in orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, black, pink and colorless.

When creating a color palette for your flower arrangement or wedding bouquet, choose analogous colors to garnet, meaning next to it on the color wheel. These include rusty oranges and dirty greens, even lime green. Garnet also offers a gorgeous complementary color of turquoise which was 2010’s color of the year.

Complement of Garnet

The following guide are a collection of very unique, garnet colored flowers available from your local florists. Of course, there are also dark red roses, carnations, and many other common, cut flowers come in a shades of garnet, but most people know about those! This guide focuses on a garnet flowers you might not think of!

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Out With The Old In With The Hues!

Florist Color Trends For 2011

Bright and Bold

2011 is citing exotic elements of luxurious artistry in foreign lands like Africa, India, Peru and Turkey as inspiration for this years color trends.  These color pallets are BRIGHT and bold! As shown below, tropical, fun and whimsical sets the overall tone for a year of color indulgence.  The intense and radiant colors like apple green or clementine orange are best showcased when in contrast with the neutral colors of these selections like slate gray or smokey navy blue.

Colors shown above from left to right*: apple green, mauve, lilac, hot pink, slate gray, celadon, aged gold, coral, red, violet purple, mocha or chocolate brown, navy,  pine green, clementine orange, and yellow.

Neon Splash Bouquet Birthday Confetti Bouquet Pot of Posies Flower Arrangement

Masculine and Earthy

If your design calls for something a little more masculine then these vintage, earthy and sun-washed colors are sure to provide a solution.
Gray is the “it” color, but mocha is sure to return to one of the top favorites, along with orange and triad hues of green for an eco-nomic/urban color scheme.

However you choose to combine these palettes, they are sure to add visual interest and creative value to all your floral arrangements and designs.

Masculine & Earthy Hues
Colors above shown from left to right*: dark chocolate, dark charcoal gray, sangria/brick red, myrtle (dark) green, dark tangerine, dark chestnut, asparagus, Tyrian purple, dark midnight green, deep blue, Persian green, mocha taupe, agate blue, amazon green, scallop shell, moccasin, olivine green, khaki, carrot orange, oyster gray, gray taupe, and antique white.

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* color names may differ per source.

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Predicting For What’s Hot In 2011

    What's Hot For 2011???

2011 is looking to be a HOT year. Last summer’s trends were all about bright, BOLD colors and dynamic patterns. Do you think this will change in the upcoming year, or stay the same? Here are a few of my predictions for 2011.

Hottest Colors? I think the fab colors for 2011 are going to be light and airy, especially in spring. With Pantone selecting a honeysuckle pink for their color of the year, and 2010’s fall being so dark, I think we will all be popping for pastels! However, I don’t see them being straight hue, they will be slightly muted.

Barbatus Green Ball DianthusHottest Flowers? I think, this year, it’s going to be all about great textures! It began in 2010 and I think we will see even more in 2011. The ‘Barbatus Green Ball’ Dianthus and the uniquely colored carnations are going to be a hit! Also unique focal flowers like ranunculus, protea and anemones will be a hit with chic flower fans.

Hottest Centerpiece Trends? Because we are all used to customizing everything to fit ME ME ME, I see centerpieces going the same direction. I predict medium-high centerpieces that are very organic. Perhaps even use a bit of wood or a branch from the hostess yard. For weddings, bring in even more personal items: textures from grandma’s quilt, an antique brooch of your mothers. Also things from the garden are going to continue to be popular in 2011, and not just veggies. Bring in herbs, fruit, etc. — especially if they are from your own garden.

Hottest Wedding Colors? Again, 2011 is all about bright, beautiful wedding colors. Expect to see lots of pinks, corals, oranges, blue-green to greens and purples — with gray as a neutral accent. For dark colors: navy blood, deep reds, hunter green, chocolate browns.

Hottest Wedding Bouquet Styles? Again, it’s all about texture. I think the hand-tied clutch bouquets and Juliet nosegays are what the brides will be looking for. Also unique arm bouquets and cascading bouquets are not far behind! Do keep and eye on the cuff bouquets and even the tight pomander!

So… those are MY predictions… now it’s time for you to share YOURS!

Answer 1 or all of the trends questions in the comments below. Be sure to include a link to your flower shop’s website! Also somewhere in the comment, let us know where you are from. We all know styles and trends in southern Louisiana are going to be totally different from those in upstate New York…

  1. What colors are going to be HOT in 2011?
  2. What are the hottest flowers of 2011?
  3. What centerpiece trends are you foreseeing this upcoming year?
  4. Hottest wedding colors of 2011?
  5. Hottest wedding bouquet styles of 2011?

You can answer these as brief or as detailed as you want! There is also no sign up required to comment, so there are no excuses!

Can’t wait to hear from you!

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New Fall Color Trends For Floral Design

Fall Pin Cushion

Upcoming color trends for the 2010 fall season are all about using new and exciting colors. Now, I know what you’re thinking… falls colors have been the same forEVER! Reds, oranges, yellows, browns… Don’t get me wrong, those are very fun colors to use, but this year add in accent colors like lime green, magenta, or orange cream.

Check out these great palettes, get inspired and start planning your fall season!

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