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Flower Therapy - Discover The
International Colour Expert
Leatrice Eiseman Reveals
How Flowers Bring Feelings To Life
The power of colour is well
established. Throughout time, nature’s spectrum has played a vital role in
areas that significantly impact our everyday lives, from the colour of our
walls, to our clothes, to our cars – and, even more meaningfully, our
emotional responses. In this realm, colour may be more essential to our
consciousness than we realize.
International colour expert
Leatrice Eiseman, who has earned international acclaim for her five book
titles, including Colours for Your Every Mood and The Colour Answer Book, has
unearthed the philosophy of Flower Therapy. Eiseman believes that certain
colour combinations – easily expressed in floral arrangements - can stimulate
and relax the senses, release happy memories and enhance our moods.
“Our response to colour is
intensely emotional, and flowers can be a catalyst for feelings that
stimulate more than just our senses of sight and smell,” said Eiseman,
Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute. “An artful floral
arrangement has the ability to convey a feeling or create a mood without
using words, just colour.”
research shows that flowers and plants have a beneficial impact on state of
mind and emotions. Rutgers University behavioural 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 behaviour in a positive manner far beyond what is normally
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 colour schemes, create feelings that enhance our moods.
“Color can help us find the
balance we seek from our surroundings. And, flowers are an ideal way to
harness the power of colour to enrich our lives,” said Eiseman.
The following are Eiseman’s
five emotional colour palettes that are expressed through colour combinations
in floral arrangements and the flowers that bring them to life.
Nurturing: A true sense of
caring is created by a combination of colours 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.
Romantic: A sensation of
intimacy, nostalgia and comfort is captured in this colour palette, a blend
of delicate warm and cool colours with lavenders and pinks at its heart.
Romantic arrangements express loving sentiments and admiration to mothers,
sisters, grandmothers, aunts, best friends, significant others and
Sensuous: The rich, luxurious
colour 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.
Tranquil: Serenity and
relaxation are the essence of this colour 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 tranquillity is perfect for busy
moms, harried professionals and those who seek a moment of calm from life’s
free-spirited, playful feelings are conveyed by the whimsical palette, which
is characterized by bold, contrasting colours. Floral arrangements featuring
these hues set an upbeat tone and are ideal for birthdays, graduations,
promotions and other celebrations.
“There is no doubt that
beautiful surroundings provide us with a special environment that helps us
thrive,” said Eiseman. “Flowers are an easy and affordable way to add a
splash of colour and emotion into your life.”
FOR FLOWER 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
Tell your florist if
the gift is for a
(birthday, anniversary or other personal milestone) or just because. He
or she can offer suggestions on how to best create an emotion with
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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