Red is a very hot, passionate
and strong color. It creates drama in an arrangement. Red can
make you think of Christmas or Valentines. Yellow is a happy
color and evokes a feeling of anticipation like you experience
when spring has arrived and the sun is shinning and things are
coming back to life. Birthday arrangements or baby arrangements
often have yellow as it does evoke that feeling of cheerfulness.
Blue is a cool color and creates
a softer feeling like you may experience when looking at the
sky in the summertime.
Combining primary colors together
creates secondary colors. Red and yellow make orange, red and
blue make purple and yellow and blue make green.
Orange is a dramatic color,
not as hot as red but it still has impact. If you want an arrangement
to have the autumn feel then you should combine colors such as
browns, gold or a bit of yellow and red-orange together. It will
make a bold statement.
Purple is a vibrant color but
unlike red and orange it has a calming effect. When you combine
purple, blues, pinks and a bit of yellow together, you get this
luscious vibrant and soothing arrangement.
Green is a universal color that
goes with any color of arrangement. In nature all flowers spring
up from greens so it is very natural to use them in all arrangements.
In fact, I like to put together three different shades and textures
of greens together before putting any flowers in my arrangement.
It is very effective.
You can take any of these color
combinations and put them together in their lighter or darker
shades depending on what mood you are trying to create. Also,
you do not need to stick to just these color combinations. If
you want drama, try mixing together dark red, purple, yellow
and a bit of white. Contrast can make quite a bold statement.
Last but not least here is a
list of colors on the color wheel starting with yellow:
Yellow orange, orange, red orange,
red, red violet, violet, blue violet, blue, blue green, green,
and finally yellow green. Of course you could make many more
hues but for our purpose here we stick with the color wheel.
I hope this helps.