Updated: Mar 9, 2022
It's that time of year when the sun wanes just enough for pumpkin orange to start to shine without overwhelming your floral compositions. Read on for 10 examples and how to's of diverse floral designs using the ultimate fall color: orange! Looking for a festive centerpiece already designed for you? Check out our Harvest Centerpiece over at the shop and effortlessly elevate your next event or win at hostess gifting..
Orange is an opinionated color but floral design from late September to the 1st of December basically calls for it. Since the sun is a little less direct and clouds a little more likely in these months you can design with orange tones without the fear of burning your audience's eyeballs like you might in say, April or July. Enjoy 8 diverse examples of how to successfully design flowers in orange tones.
Option 1 - Muted Peach
This wild, over-flowing centerpiece is grounded in muted, peachy tones with cool greenery to balance the oranges. The asymmetrical height of the design adds interest and a wild flower look. To fill a larger horizontal space with this design you could fill the base out more with silver eucalyptus so the box is less visible and the horizontal space the florals occupy on the table are more pronounced. BLOOMS FEATURED: Roses, spray roses, succulent, moss, ranunculus, scabiosa, and bronze snapdragons
Option 2 - Vibrant Color
What is more fitting for a Fall design than a pumpkin for a vase? We actually teach a super fun Fall workshop on how to create these magical arrangements, you can read all about it here: learn how to make one yourself and get inspired by photos of our participants' creations.
In the pumpkin design featured here you can see that the color palette is colors here more bright and vibrant. The focus is on bright orange roses and cool blue thistle with bright greenery. A few harvest inspired dried grasses add texture and muted lime green hydrangeas form a background.
Option 3 - Purples and Oranges
Bright orange cottage roses contrast with small amounts of fuscia and balanced by dark burgundies and berries and Swedes eucalyptus. Very little greenery mixed in, lots of saturated color. Seeded eucalyptus and hypercarium berries for texture. BLOOMS FEATURED: Spray roses, cottage roses, chocolate dahlias.
Option 4 - Sunny Sunflowers
Harvest tones of yellow and burgundy take center stage here with orange acting as a side note via rosehip pods. Sunflowers give a more rustic, country vibe. Subtle pale orange bridges the gap between burgundy and yellow and grasses and fading foliage add texture. BLOOMS FEATURED: Sunflowers, large burgundy mums, cream marigolds.
Option 5 - Cabbage Flowers
Adding actual food to an arrangement immediately takes the harvest vibe to the next level. Cabbages! This design brings in dusty purple, bright orange, and pops of deep purple and red with bright green foliage. BLOOMS FEATURED: Purple cabbage, scabiosa, orange roses, red spray roses, snapdragon bugs.
Option 6 - Prairie Boho
Totally different vibe here but oh so trendy: earthy and muted. Instead of burgundy to cool the orange like we saw above, off-white bleached fern and browns with dark spikes of green and dried grass support our dusty orange roses. . Prairie style. Orange is not bright but muted with soft yellow accents and dark seed pods. BLOOMS FEATURED: Dusty orange rose, pale pink lisyanthus, white spray rose, yarrow berries, pampas grass, bleached fern, white protea, dried leaves and dark green and purple greenery.
.Option 7 - Elevated Boho
Like the previous option, this arrangement follows the current boho 1970s trend: dusky, earthy brown and burgundy support pops of orange. Totally out of season but very effective, the tulips offer a structured riot of orange while amaranth (love lies bleeding) drape over the sides in deep burgundy. Pampas grass, adds texture but overall the design features very little greenery. BLOOMS FEATURED: Burgundy amaranth, orange tulips, large muted yellow football mums, sunflower seed heads, burgundy snapdragons.
Option 8 - Red Red Wine