First rule of flower school there are no rules…. except make your arrangements odd!
We’re not much for rules here at Gingham HQ (lockdown aside!) In floristry there are an infinite amount of rules to designing bouquets some make sense but most are there to be broken!
There’s one staple of floristry principle though that we stick by and that is the power of 3 or 5, or 7 or 9! It’s not just floristry where the principle exists, look to graphic design, interior design and photography and odd numbers permeate most works.
What exactly is going on with these odd numbers?
Three is the smallest number that can be used to form a discernible pattern in our heads. When we see an odd number of things, our eye are forced to move around more, which makes for a more vivid and interesting visual experience.
Creating arrangements with this in mind we can develop naturalistic, organic looking flowers. Flowers of an uneven amount will draw your attention toward the focus of the arrangement and often in to the centre of a single flower.
This formula is replicated in nature with many flowers having an odd number of petals, science explains this as an efficiency method known as the Fibonacci Sequence but here at www.ginghamflorals.com we like to think it’s because it makes everything look pretty!