The biggest wedding flower trends for 2019
Still Life Flowers is a floral design studio based in London, founded in 2016 by Carla Gottlieb. They specialise in creating floral arrangements with consideration, balancing a natural and ‘undone’ style with a modern yet timeless feel.
As well as their cherished wedding couples, wedding and event planners, they have worked with a variety of magazines and brands – including ourselves at Whistles. With wedding season approaching, Carla talks us through five floral trends that are leading the way this coming year.
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‘Tonal’ has always been a buzz word of mine; utilising a part of one flower and blending it with the style you position it next to. For example, the centre colour of a tulip may be the same tone as the spray rose beside it, drawing the eye from one flower to the other. This can be taken a step further by focusing on one shade and the different hues within it, creating a wash in different textures. The result is a striking, clean and modern effect.
2. SINGLE FLOWER TYPE
This trend echoes the monochromatic trend in many ways and can be just as impactful. Using just one or two flower types makes a bold statement and is incredibly chic. To avoid arrangements feeling too traditional or flat, I’d recommend working with a florist that knows their shapes. Single-type flower designs must be arranged with dynamism to achieve points of depth and highlight, as you won’t have different shades in your palette to play with. Round dome bouquets are not the desired effect here.
3. Brown Tones
Brown as a colour tool in floristry can do no wrong. It’s likely to be included in pieces without being noticed, creating warm undertones that define an arrangement. It is a neutral colour- much like nude and beige- which means it works with most colour palettes and suits almost everyone.
Brown shades can create an organic earthy feel in all-white arrangements; add depth to a potentially insipid pastel colour palette and tone down brighter hues – making them easier on the eye without losing impact. It pulls together many arrangements but can also make a stunning focal colour when fully embraced.
4. FOLIAGE OUT, NEGATIVE SPACE IN
Designs heavy in foliage have been very popular in recent years – not least because it is an economical way to add impact and make designs more full. Focus on quality over quantity when using foliage, as loose and airy arrangements will allow each bloom to be fully seen and celebrated.
Extra volume can be created by adding filler flowers lower down in arrangements and this will compliment the blooms in focus, creating floral led designs that are uninterrupted by layers of green. Meanwhile, scale can be achieved by outreaching longer and taller shapely stems to create movement and points of interest.
Of course, foliage and branches still have a place for creating structure and depth within arrangements too. When using foliage I like to group it together rather than thread it throughout the flowers for a minimal fuss-free look.
5. DRIED AND DELICATE
Dried flowers are having a huge moment – which I hope is here to stay – and they have such a unique quality. Used on their own or combined with fresh flowers, their delicate and fragile nature make for the most precious accents. They are also being used en masse this season in large hanging displays or ‘clouds’ to add that wow-factor.