When two sides of an object are similar in form, they are symmetrical. Symmetry is pleasing to the eye, and is appreciated in everything from furniture to facial features. It lends a sense of balance and beauty wherever it is present. Floral design is just one of many artistic pursuits in which symmetry plays a role. While asymmetry has its place in floral design, some degree of symmetry is generally required to balance out even the most deliberately off-kilter arrangements and create a pleasing floral display. Follow these guidelines to make a symmetrical floral arrangement.
Things You'll Need
- Water-filled container
- Assorted cut flowers and greens
- Florist's knife or scissors
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Making Symmetrical Floral Arrangements
Choose a container for your floral arrangement, such as a vase, basket, or ceramic bowl.
Select flowers and greenery that will stand at least twice as high as your container after the bottom 1 ½-to-2 inches of their stems are trimmed.
Place greenery in your container so that it extends an equal distance on all visible sides. If you are making a 360-degree arrangement, the greenery should protrude an equal amount all the way around. If you are making a one-sided arrangement, the greenery should extend an equal amount on the right and left sides.
Echo the shape of your greenery with flowers. For a 360-degree arrangement, place flowers all the way around, making sure they all extend an equal distance from the container. For a one-sided arrangement, place flowers of equal lengths at the right and left sides.
Keep the flowers and greenery in your arrangement tall enough to suit the container. The space between the container’s mouth and the tops of the flowers should be equal to, if not more than, the total height of the container. Using flowers that are too short for the container works against symmetry.
Make the total width of the arrangement twice the width of its container.