Red Flowers in Your Life

“Painters use red like spice.” — Derek Jarman

Red is the dichotomy of good and evil. It is the hottest color of the color spectrum, being associated with the setting sun, blood, but also with the fire and the devil. It represents love and war at the same time, it is the color of anger and violence, but also of blushing and desire. It is a greatly stimulative color, arousing en entire palette of emotions, from passion to rage. Physically, it is said to increase blood pressure, the heart and breath rate, to enhance energy and enthusiasm and to convey confidence. This color is definitely an attention grabber, thus being used to signal danger (lights, street signs) or importance and power (red carpets). In nature, red is encountered in the color of strawberries, cherries, apples, tomatoes and red flowers such as tulips, roses, carnations, gerberas. While in South Africa red represents mourning, in China it is the color of happiness, bringing about good luck. In political culture, red is associated to communism and socialism. As a feng shui color, this is the Fire element color, being responsible for bringing joy, excitement and sexual desire in your home.

Red Flower Meaning

Red flowers are probably the most vibrant and exciting that nature has given us. When thinking about expressing sensuality and romance, lovers usually offer red flowers as gifts.

They come in a variety of shades, each carrying a special meaning:

  • Vibrant red expresses burning passion.
  • Burnt orange-red is a symbol of ardent energy.
  • Deeper cherry red carries the meaning of love and romance.
  • Crimson symbolizes sexuality.
  • A rich burgundy flower signifies intense desire.

Don’t be afraid to use them to convey strength, courage and distinction.

Red Flower Arrangements

They are used in arrangements in order to catch the eye, suggesting sophistication and confidence, even in small doses, which can be more effective than a large amount of red color. These flowers arrangements are a sign of luxury and wealth, especially if you use red roses. These flowers can be combined with a large variety of other flowers.

Here is a small guide for combining them with other colored flowers:

  • These flowers form an ideal couple with emerald green greenery, red and green being complementary colors on the color wheel. Combined with green, they are traditional to the Christmas Holiday. To enrich the beauty of a red flower, one can use greenery such as ferns.
  • Combining them with cool blue flowers offer a great contrast, chilling the hotness of red.
  • Use red with light pink flowers with for a harmonious combination.
  • If you use yellow flowers in combination with red, be careful that the two colors are not too close in value such as dark red in combination with golden or pale yellow flowers. Otherwise, red flowers are nicely enhanced by shades of yellow.
  • In order to create a cheerful arrangement, try mixing red with pink and orange flowers.
  • Combined with purple flowers, they create an elegant combination, but mind that too much purple can sometimes be overpowering.
  • White flowers are often used with red ones, especially when it comes to roses, for wedding arrangements or other special occasions such as Valentine’s Day, this mix symbolizing purity and passion combined.
  • One important rule about red flowers: sometimes less is more. A dash of red can be more effective than a solid color red arrangement.

Red Wedding Flowers

While an all red wedding may seem too daring, these flowers are fairly common in traditional weddings, as they stand for romance and luxury. A red roses bouquet perfectly complements a white or cream wedding dress, creating a striking effect. Exotic flowers such as red hibiscus are very popular in tropical beach weddings, such as Hawaiian weddings. These flowers are used in bridal bouquets, for flower necklaces and even worn in the bride’s hair, adding a touch of passion and exoticism. Also, they are a great compliment to a black and red wedding, being the perfect splash of color on a black wedding gown or bridesmaid dress. The perfect red flowers for a wedding are by far the red roses. Two species of these are most often used in bouquets, due to their wonderful color and velvety texture: “Grand Prix” and “Passion”. Other popular flowers for brides’ bouquets are: anthurium, red calla lilies, red Asiatic lilies and red orchids. For centerpieces and other wedding flower arrangements, one can use also: red tulips, red hibiscus and red gerbera daisies. If you want to add a royal touch to your wedding, add light blue flowers to your arrangements. If you’re having an outside wedding, the perfect match for your red flowers are bright yellow flowers. However, you are free to use whatever are your favorites for your wedding. Two things to remember though:

  • These flowers offer maximum of color with a minimum quantity.
  • They make a more pleasant ambience and add romance and richness.

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