The Easiest Way to Make Any Flowers Look Expensive

Ombre is the answer.

ombre blue floral

photography by CODY GUILFOYLE


Let’s just cut to the chase: We can’t resist a good ombre. Whether it’s a platter of tomatoes or a bedroom wall, there’s something seriously irresistible about a perfect gradient. But, hands down, our favorite way to rock the ombre is with flowers.

And no one outfits a better floral ombre than Domino Style Director Kate Berry. “Ombre arrangements are so great because you don’t need a lot, and you can use inexpensive flowers,” says Berry. She recently spent a morning rifling through the displays of her go-to vendor in New York’s flower market, Dutch Flower Line, to put together three knock-out designs that are super easy to recreate at home.

Look 1: Dreamy and dramatic blues

“Hydrangea are a big bang for your buck,” says Berry. Here, she paired them with lisianthus, alium, and clematis for a larger display with tall flowers that would be perfect in an entryway or as a centerpiece. During the summer, when hydrangeas come in dozens of shades, Berry suggests doing an arrangement just with them.

ombre yellow floral

photography by CODY GUILFOYLE


Look 2: Fiery oranges and yellows.

“All of these flowers come in all of the colors used here,” says Berry, which makes it super easy to have a variety of textures, sizes, shapes, and scales. Here, she used dahlias, marigolds, roses, zinnias, protea, and gomphrena.

Kate Berry’s top tips for the perfect floral ombre:

  1. Start with the colors you want at the opposite ends of the spectrum, and then find flowers in a range of hues to fill in the middle.
  2. Make a more interesting display by using flowers with different shapes and scales, as well as larger and smaller blooms to add texture.
  3. You don’t need a lot for any ombre—five bunches will do—but if you pick a few blooms at a lower price point, you can really amp up the volume without running up your bill. An ombre will easily make more pedestrian flowers look luxe. 

pink ombre floral

photography by CODY GUILFOYLE


Look 3: Pretty in pink

Here, Berry used carnations, roses, dahlias, coxcomb, garden roses, and astilbe to create an on-trend arrangement that mixes high (roses) and low (carnations and coxcomb).

Published on September 23, 2017 - 6:30am EDT

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