DIY Floral Arrangements: What Colours Should I Choose?

DIY Floral Arrangements: What Colours Should I Choose?

There is no right and wrong when it comes to floral colour combinations, but there are some suggested guidelines to follow if you have no idea where to start. Also, you shouldn’t just think about the colour of the petals, the stems, leaves, berries and vase, all play a significant role in your choice too.

How to Choose Your Floral Colour Scheme

Individual Colour Properties

First of all, let’s look at some specific colours and what characteristics they display. Each shade sets a particular mood, so it is important to understand which shade you need in order to express your desired vibe.


Neutral colours have the ability to act as a base for your arrangement because they go well with any other colour of the rainbow. No matter what kind of feel you are aiming for, they will match with your chosen colour palette, regardless.


As a striking and vibrant colour, you would assume that it would not collaborate with many colours, but you would be wrong. Its brightness actually brings out the other colours’ effervescence and can work well with other strong shades like pink, blue and green.


Representing freshness and luxury, this is a colour you have to think about the most as it is present for most blooms because of the leaves and stems. Due to this fact, this colour actually works well with the majority of colours, so you have the freedom to choose any colour scheme you want.


Although well known for symbolising friendship, yellow also represents joy and happiness and will light up any bouquet it features in. Better paired with colours that have yellow undertones, it will complement greens and oranges, but also provide a strong contrast against blues and purples.

Using the Colour Wheel

One of the easiest ways to help you decide on your colour scheme is to go back to something you learned and used in school: the colour wheel. Here, you can discover the relationships between all of the different colours and find the combination that works best for you. 

Complementary Colour Scheme

Complementary colours are located on the opposite side of the colour wheel from each other. So, simply put, the generic complementary colours are red and green, blue and orange, purple and yellow.

The complementary colour scheme creates strong contrast and impact in your arrangement, so if you want to make a statement with your bouquet, this is the route to go down. Even choosing a purple vase to display yellow flowers will feel intense and will definitely stand out.

Triad Colour Scheme

By creating a triangle on the colour wheel, you can choose three different colours that are evenly spaced around the wheel. Vibrant yet balanced, this is another way to create a striking arrangement.

Remember to make sure the intensity is equal throughout the bouquet and, if you find it easier, pick one dominant colour from these three tones and work the other colours around it.

Analogous Colour Scheme

If you want to create a harmonious arrangement, using the analogous colour scheme is the best guide for you. This is where you pick one colour plus the colours either side of it which create a little family of colours that all share common pigments.

You could choose a warm or cool colour palette depending on the mood you want to create. A warm colour palette would include reds, oranges, yellows and other hues in between. A cool colour palette would be at the other end of the spectrum with blues, purples and greens plus other hues in between.

Monochromatic Colour Scheme

Finally, probably the simplest but one of the most effective colour schemes is to go monochrome. Pick one colour and choose different hues of it to create your bouquet; try to use different textures and size of bloom to add more variety or opt for simplicity with one colour and one flower.

Don’t forget about foliage too! You could easily create a monochromatic foliage arrangement full of a wide range of greenery that is completely unique and eye-catching.

Leave It to the Magic Flower Specialists

All of our arrangements are handpicked and created by our experts, so if you are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of choice, have a look around our shop instead! All bouquets are designed to last for up to a year so you can enjoy any colour scheme you pick for even longer.

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