5 European Influences on Floral Design
There are so many periods in time that influence and inspire the floral design of today’s weddings and events. Focusing, in particular, on the European influences on modern day floral design and their roles in the designing and styling of an event.
Best known for its artistic developments, the renaissance period brought with it a greater focus on observation and perspective. The ‘rebirth’ began the cultural changes, and flowers and fruits had great symbolic meanings to the European colonies – not only in culture, but in the popularisation of still – life art. The use of grouped fruits, flowers and foliage, or luscious, overflowing, tall vases of tulips, roses and lilacs exude elegance and prosperity. Intricately painted vases and flowers of the renaissance period have inspired the stunning, vibrant floral centrepieces at events today.
The Baroque period was far more grandeur and exuberant in art, music and dance. The arts were greatly focused on dramatic, religious themes, and expressions of triumph and power – which were largely communicated to their audiences through architecture and paintings. The excessiveness and elaboration of this period influenced bold and ornamental structures of metal, glass and porcelain, with large and abundant flowers in powerful, warm colours.
With the Rococo movement, brought style, sophistication and elegance. Flowers and floral displays became far more important and popular, and were a distinct change from the previous warm, darker colours – showcasing blush pinks, whites and more pastels, that were pretty and whimsical. There was a greater focus on single flower stems – displays gained height, and were presented in far more detailed and lighter coloured vases.
The Georgian era was an expansion throughout the World, but the arts and florals remained similar to that of the Rococo period. French influences were far greater during this period, through the use of more fashionable tureens, chalices and wedgewood urns. The use of flowers became far more adventurous, with brighter colours and a more varied selection of flowers.