The Styles of Floral Design

William Shakespeare once said, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” That may well be true, but a lot has changed since Shakespeare’s time, and we now have many different ways of presenting flowers. Each style of floral design has its strength and weaknesses, as well as distinct characteristics. In this article, we’ll learn about the three main styles of floral design, Eastern, European, and Western. You’ll soon learn that while a rose is always a rose, the way it is presented can vary greatly depending on the floral style.

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Eastern

            The Eastern style of floral design is heavily related to Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. This style of floral design is perhaps more symbolic than the other two designs. In this style, the florist attempts to draw parallels between the flowers themselves and the concepts of Heaven, man, and Earth. This style is very ancient, coming from around the 16th century. While it is very symbolic, the Eastern style is not as well suited for common, everyday events such as birthdays or funerals. The Eastern style is more associated with incense and tea ceremonies that with what we may ordinarily associate flowers. Nevertheless, it is a very interesting and unique floral style.

European

            The European style emphasizes the color and variety inherent in nature, not just using blooming flowers, as is typical in the Western style, but also using other types of objects found commonly in nature. The European concept of flowers celebrates the idea of flowers as a part of everyday life, as if a person had scooped up some flowers from a hillside in the country, rather than necessarily arranging them perfectly. The European style is truly beautiful. For an example of such a style, you can see these floral designs from a florist Upper East Side of New York City. These designs truly exemplify the European style of floral design.

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Western

            Lastly, there is the Western style of floral design. This is a design that is focused on symmetry or asymmetry and horizontal or vertical designs. It is closely related to European design, however it also encompasses American design as well. The Western style differs heavily from the Eastern style in that the Eastern style is focused more on lines whereas the Western style focuses heavily on the aesthetic of symmetry and round shapes. The Western style and European style are what most people in the West think of when they are considering flowers for a special occasion. One difference between the Western style and the strictly European style is that the European style is very traditional, whereas the Western style can follow a less traditional path.

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Now that you know the different styles of floral arrangements, you’re way better suited to figure out what kind of flowers you’re looking for. Chances are, you would prefer the European or Western style of floral design, however there is certainly value in the Eastern style. Either way, there is beauty to be found in all of these designs. You can also follow them on Google+ or check them out on Yelp 

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