Finding the perfect flowers for a table can be a challenge. For a dinner or coffee table, the arrangement needs to hold visual interest from all angles, and many floral arrangements are designed with a clear front and back, meaning guests sitting on the opposite side don't get to enjoy the beauty. To avoid these pitfalls, consider all-around arrangements with focal points on all sides.
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Flower bouquets in a statement vase are great for any table. When finding the right bouquet, look for one with a focal flower (an eye-catching bloom) visible from any angle and without "holes" - areas that lack fullness, creating awkward empty patches from certain angles.
The bouquet and vase should also match the table's size. An oversized bouquet on a small table will severely block sight lines. A tiny bouquet on a grand dining table will look understated.
Particularly great for dining room tables, low centrepieces offer visual interest without blocking any views for guests around the table. When looking for a low centrepiece, try to match the shape and dimensions of the table - a round table calls for a round centrepiece, a rectangular table calls for a rectangular centrepiece (or multiple round pieces placed in a row), and a square table calls for a square or round centrepiece.
A good rule of thumb when selecting the size of a centrepiece is to use a quarter of the dimensions of the table. For example, if a round table is 24 inches in diameter, the diameter of the centrepiece should be approximately 6 inches. This leaves enough room for dinnerware when necessary but is also a proven aesthetically-pleasing ratio.
Although centrepieces are usually made with floral foam that provides water and nutrients, they still need to be watered regularly. Water the centrepiece about halfway up the floral foam to keep it moist.
Flower Baskets or Flowering Plant Baskets
Baskets with low handles and wide mouths are excellent for tables. They offer a different look and feel since they can incorporate green plants and flowers, like hydrangeas and violets, that normally aren't included in bouquets and centrepieces. Because baskets can house an entire plant as opposed to simple cut flowers, they are also long-lasting.
Remember to use a liner with any plant or flower basket to avoid water leakage onto the surface of the table. Also take care to ensure that the bottom of the basket is smooth and won't scratch the table's finish. If needed, use a cloth to protect against scratches and scrapes.
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