Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Flower Therapy

International color expert Leatrice Eiseman, has unearthed the philosophy of Flower Therapy. Eiseman believes that certain color combinations – easily expressed in floral arrangements - can stimulate and relax the senses, release happy memories and enhance our moods.

Additionally, scientific research shows that flowers and plants have a beneficial impact on state of mind and emotions. Rutgers University behavioral studies have proven that flowers provide a simple way to improve emotional health – that the presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed.

Throughout our hectic, fast-paced lives, we seek to rejuvenate ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. According to Eiseman, flowers, in conjunction with their design and color schemes, create feelings that enhance our moods.

The following are Eiseman's five emotional color palettes that are expressed through color combinations in floral arrangements and the flowers that bring them to life.

Nurturing
A true sense of caring is created by a combination of colors that are fragile, soft and tender. Arrangements in pastel shades and the softest yellows, peaches, warm pinks, creamy whites and subtle greens make us feel safe, snug and loved. Consider a nurturing floral arrangement for a new mother, a sick friend or a grieving loved one – anyone who would benefit from a caring, loving embrace. A string of smilax cradles apricot roses, creamy yellow tulips, pale green carnations, chartreuse viburnum, soft yellow freesia, lavender waxflower and heather.

Romantic
A sensation of intimacy, nostalgia and comfort is captured in this color palette, a blend of delicate warm and cool colors with lavenders and pinks at its heart. Romantic arrangements express loving sentiments and admiration to mothers, sisters, grandmothers, aunts, best friends, significant others and brides-to-be. For example : Lilac, Lisianthus, Sweetpea, Bouvardia, Peony, Asiatic Lily, Rose, Stock, Gerbera Daisy, Eucalyptus, Hydrangea, Melaleuca (foliage), Mini Calla, Heather, Alstroemeria.

Sensuous
The rich, luxurious color combinations of the sensuous palette set the mood for sophisticated, passionate and even seductive settings. Robust reds and purples, hot pinks and spicy oranges are at the soul of this dynamic floral feeling. Consider a sensuous arrangement for a very special evening or an elegant dinner party – anywhere you want to feel magnetic and extravagant. For example : Carnation, Alstroemeria, Hypericum (berries), Anemone, Phlox, Liatris, Asiatic Lily, Rose or Spray Rose, Ranunculus, Hydrangea, Gladiolus, Bells of Ireland, Tulip, Lily, Gerbera Daisy.

Tranquil
Serenity and relaxation are the essence of this color scheme. Its peaceful palette, reminiscent of sky and sea, is dominated by clear, light shades of green, misty blues and other cool hues. A vase of tranquility is perfect for busy moms, harried professionals and those who seek a moment of calm from life’s stressful situations. For Example : Seeded Eucalyptus, Spiral Eucalyptus, Dusty Miller (foliage), Hydrangea, Delphinium, Eryngium Thistle, Lisianthus, Larkspur, Freesia, Tulip, Carnation, Rose, Silver Brunia, Pussy Willow, Caspia.

Whimsical
Fun-loving, free-spirited, playful feelings are conveyed by the whimsical palette, which is characterized by bold, contrasting colors. Floral arrangements featuring these hues set an upbeat tone and are ideal for birthdays, graduations, promotions and other celebrations. Fuchsia stock, royal blue delphinium, yellow-orange spray roses, pink tulips, Italian ruscus and yellow-orange bell-like sarasonia ring out over golden-yellow mini gerberas, lime-green pompons and hot pink mini carnations.

Asking your florist for lower therapy
When it comes to achieving Flower Therapy, consult a professional florist to ensure your desired emotion is expressed just the way you want it. Don’t worry if you are not familiar with the names of the hundreds of flowers available.
* When ordering floral gifts, describe the recipient’s personality, as well as favourite hobbies or colours. Your florist can match the floral arrangement with the recipient’s personal preferences.
* Tell your florist if the gift is for a special occasion (birthday, anniversary or other personal milestone) or just because. He or she can offer suggestions on how to best create an emotion with flowers.
* If the flowers are for decorating or entertaining, describe the environment where they will be placed so your florist can create an arrangement that complements the style and colours of your home.


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