Colour and Flower Trends for 2016

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This is the first of two blogs on the trends for the next twelve months.

This year we see a move away from the soft pastels that were popular in 2015 to a new pallet full of bold, energising hues.

‘Lavish’ is a key word being used in the design and floristry industries which conjures up images of the baroque era with rich and vibrant hues in reds, pinks and purples and deeply textured fabrics in satin and velvet. Floral designs are placed in wooden and gold containers or even candelabras to complete this look and teamed with delicate pink and silver shades. Flowers to complement this lavish look include peonies, dahlias, hydrangeas, garden roses, amaranthus, seeded eucalyptus and pepper berries.

Another on-trend look is the ‘festival’ style with bohemian influences and a colour pallet that includes denim blue, hot orange and sunshine yellow. Think of the colours of encaustic tiles, which are also big in 2016. Containers of brightly coloured glass or ethnic pottery complete the look and textured materials such as wool, feathers and beads are incorporated in to the final design. Flowers are loosely gathered with sunflowers, delphiniums, gerberas, solidaster, chrysanthemums and alstromeria working well with this loose form style.

In the Flower School we are delighted to see the return in popularity of some of the traditional flowers like chrysanthemums, dahlias and carnations, which last so well in designs.

In our next blog we look at more colours and styles that will be popular this year and some of the hot trends in wedding flowers.

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