As the 2012 Olympics wind down, viewers from around the word have routed for their favorite athlete to do well or, ‘Go for the Gold’. Going for the gold has many different connotations. For some, it means doing your very best performance at an event. For others, it might mean recognition for a job well done. Or, it might reference the color in the spectrum.
Gold is often associated with late summer and the fall season. Many of summers brighter yellow flowers and grasses begin to darken and dry as the harvest season approaches. The same holds true for other colors such as reds, oranges, and violets. What once was a brighter, more intense color is now deeper , less vibrant in color. When combining all these harvest hues, a composition can appear to be too murky or dull and lacks visual appeal. What is needed to wake up these sleepy colors is some contrast of color. Here are some ideas to wake those colors up and bring them to life.
The easiest is when working with deep shades of gold, red, and orange, add violet or lime green to the color harmony for an awakening for the eyes. Both violet and lime green are considered melding colors that blend colors together and provide high contrast. Purple stock, purple Statice or Phlox might be some of the ‘waker uppers’ that a sleepy arrangement might benefit from. Lime green is found in Kermit chrysanthemums, Jade roses, Hypericum, or hydrangea. All of these selections give the contrast of color that is needed to change dull into more vibrant.
Another way to bring a composition to life is to choose a container that has a higher reflective quality about it. Containers finished with copper, brass or silver reflect the light and appear brighter and shiny versus an acrylic container or piece of pottery that often absorb the light and therefore appear dull.
Accessories such as ribbons that are woven with iridescent or metallic threads are another good choice for adding visual impact to the composition. Remember, ribbons and accessories are like a good perfume, a little goes a long way. We do not want to overpower the floral design with accessories making it hard to see the flowers and the total composition.
Going for the gold and reds, oranges and all the other colors associated with fall should bring much recognition from your customers this fall for a job well done. As the season changes, remember to take advantage of flowers and foliage’s that are generally associated with the autumn such as Sunflowers, Chrysanthemums, Safflower, Artichoke, and Kale. These seasonal signature favorites will get your customers in the mental season even if the weather outside still says summer has not left us yet.