Texture in floral arranging

Texture is an important element of design.
Texture adds interest to any design and incorporating various textures in a design is a must to
create an interesting and appealing look. Textures in the flower world can be smooth,
fluffy, rough, soft, and hard; just to name a few. Combing different textures in a design
gives the design an appealing character. Having the same textures in a design makes the design
look bland and boring. Floral items which would be considered to have a smooth texture
are large tropical leaves like Monstera leaves, Cordyline leaves, and Gamilia (??? 37 seconds)
leaves. Flowers such as Amphirians (??? 39 seconds), Calla Lilies, Frangipanis, and even
tulips have a smooth texture. Fluffy textured floral items would be leaves such as Wattle
and Gravilia leaves; and flowers such as Stock, Early Cheer Jonquils, water flowers, Peonies,
and even Devil and Parrot Tulips. Soft textures would include such items as
Sweet Pea, Blushing Bride, Fresias, David Austin Roses, Singapore Orchids, and Vander
Orchids. Camellia leaves, Viburnum Leaves, Roses, Gerbers, Simbilian Orchids, and Phalaenopsis
Orchids have hard textures. Textures are usually textile, but can also be visual. Visual almost
always overrides the textile. A flower such as a Phalaenopsis Orchid may be quite self-detached.
It is a hard looking flower because it is a solid and big flower. When designing with
flowers, it is best to put flowers with different textures together. Smooth flowers and foliage
look good next to fluffy and soft textured flowers and leaves. Fluffy textured foliage
and flowers look best next to smooth and hard foliage and flowers. Fluffy textures next
to soft textures tend to blend in to one another and the look is very confusing; there is no
distinction between one and the other. And, if the colors are similar, it’s very difficult
to tell the flowers apart. As an example, when putting a fluffy textured flower such
as Stock next to a fluffy foliage such as Wattle, the two blend in to each other. Putting
Stock next to a hard foliage like Camillia shows off the Stock to its fullest. When putting
two things together that have a hard or smooth texture, the design can look very boring and
one dimensional. Roses next to Monstera Leaves can look quite bland. There are, however,
times when two similar textures put next to each other can look quite good. If the two
items have distinctively different colors, then there is the possibility they will look
good next to each other. So, as a rule of thumb, using various combinations of textured
flowers will always create a wonderful looking arrangement.

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