5 Key Elements of a Perfect Floral Arrangement

Make a beautiful bouquet every time with these surefire arrangement tips


Fine-tune your botanical knowledge with five ground rules for creating picture-perfect flower centerpieces every time. San Francisco-based floral designer Matilda’s Magnolias sets up an easy-to-follow list of tips that will help you create floral decor for your next outdoor party or get imaginative with the same bouquet of flowers.

Here’s a quick run-down of the guidelines: start with foliage to build the base, use all components in odd numbers for a natural look, groom and shape blooms by plucking outer protecting petals and blowing into flowers to create shape, add the standout flower to the foliage, and lastly, add textural elements.