Summer Color Inspiration and Trends 2015

This summer’s color palette is all about unexpected, contrasting colors. A departure from spring’s poppy pastels, this summer’s shades alternate between bold and earthy. Muted corals, rusty coppers, and mustard yellows mix with bright emeralds and vivid shades of turquoise and cerulean to give off a vintage, exotic vibe.

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Here at B Floral, we always love an unexpected contrast or a bright pop of color. Check out our arrangements below for some summer color inspiration that combines both vivid and natural tones. 

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Fluffy flowers like these allow for lots of shade variations – while the arrangement looks fairly pastel-toned at first glance, there are actually a lot of bold undertones. The bright emerald of the leaves and the cherry red at the center of the flowers are great bits of contrast to the rusty golden hues. 

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The anemones in this arrangement add the perfect amount of contrast and darkness. The greens, pinks, and yellows are all bright and reminiscent of spring, but the dark centers of the anemones give the arrangement a late-summer feel.

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Pale colors pair well with the deep maroons and rusty browns in this arrangement. The stark contrast between delicate and strong hues help this assortment of flowers to work well together.

Summer Fashion Inspiration

This weekend marks the official start of summer – if you’ve been looking for an excuse to go on a shopping spree, the change of seasons is the perfect opportunity! Here at B Floral, we think floral patterns and flowery accessories are always in style. Maybe we’re a little biased, but if New York Fashion Week was any indication, top designers think so too.

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From Simone Rocha’s bold, colorful blooms to Max Mara’s muted, rustic patterns to Louis Vuitton’s velvety florals, you can’t go wrong with a flowery wardrobe this summer. Here are some key pieces to inspire your next shopping trip!

 Floral Print Cut-Out Jumpsuit, $105, Topshop

 Motel Marley Floral Romper, $85, Urban Outfitters

                                Floral Keyhole-Back Dress, $15, Forever 21

                                               Vintage Moschino Aprilia Daisy Jacket, $525, Nasty Gal

                                        Flower Field Print Skort, $50, Free People

 Floral Print Tie-Strap Bardot Top, $50, Topshop

                                          Bohemian Bones Mojave Embroidered Slip Dress, $148, Nasty Gal

                                Floral Print Bomber Jacket, $30, Forever 21

                              Embellished Shift Dress, $168, Free People

 Floral Embroidered A-Line Dress, $280, Topshop

                                            First Kiss Dress, $148, Free People

Behind the Scenes: Summer Photo Shoot in the Hamptons

Last week, the B Floral team trekked out to the Hamptons for our annual summer photo shoot. We had a blast setting up all the different scenes for our lookbook, and we must admit, they turned out beautifully. Check out our behind-the-scenes pictures below – from an elegant Moroccan-style dinner party to a girly Lilly Pulitzer-themed tea party. Find inspiration for your next summer party!

It all started with flowers…lots of flowers!

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We shot our tropical scene out by the pool. The bright, whimsical flowers looked amazing alongside Taylor Creative’s bamboo collection!

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Though it was a bit of a departure from our typically modern style, this rustic scene came together perfectly! Thank you to Broadway Party Rentals for the beautiful wooden table and benches! Mason jars and striped napkins were great complements to our simple, earthy wildflower and succulent arrangements.

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All the B Floral ladies agree – this Lilly Pulitzer tea party is a dream come true! We loved the color scheme – lots and lots of pink with Tiffany blue accents – and the bold flower wall added a major WOW factor. If you look closely, you can see Gossip Girl-themed place cards!

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The Moroccan scene was the B Floral team’s favorite one to shoot. From decadent decorations and tableware to quirky flowers and fruits, we love the exotic and luxurious vibe of this scene.

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This scene showcased Pantone’s color of the year – marsala. The muted, neutral tones and delicate accents on the table made the marsala pink flowers pop and gave the dinner scene an elegant feel. (Also how chic is this beautiful silver birch table cloth from BBJ!?)

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Our cascading floral scene was a big job for our team of designers, but they went above and beyond expectations – this exquisite yet unconventional presentation of florals wowed our team!

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After a long day of shooting, we were excited to wrap up our time in the Hamptons. Our final scene – a white and gold party – was the perfect ending for the day. Delicate table settings and statement flowers helped us achieve the opulent look we were aiming for, ending the shoot on a successful note!

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Keep an eye out for our new lookbook – coming soon!

New Year’s Party Inspiration

This year our absolute favorite color palette for a New Year soiree is black, white and gold. The colors together create a look that is modern but also classic at the same time and reminiscent of all things Gatsby. Think gold sequins, black and white striped table runners, gold tableware and white flowers.

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For centerpieces we suggest gorgeous lush white peonies placed in a gold vase. The look is simple but sophisticated. Peonies are a perfect choice for a New Year’s event because they represent prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune.

Here are some of our favorite ideas and inspiration for a fun and gorgeous New Year’s party.

DIY Gold Fringe Party Hats

Balloon Drink Stirrers

Gold Painted Champagne Flutes

How to Pop Champagne like a Pro

Free Sparkler Printouts

Have a happy and healthy New Year everyone!

Look to the runway: Summer’s top color trends

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend! To get started this week I have a great post for you guys! Once a month we’ll be having an industry professional write a guest blog post and this month we are lucky enough to have Bobby Schuessler writing for the B Floral blog.

Bobby Schuessler is a NYC-based style writer, contributing to brands like E! Online, Lucky, Men’s Health and Us Weekly. Follow him on twitter at @bobbyschuessler for the latest fashion and beauty scoop!

Look to the runway: Summer’s top color trends

By Bobby Schuessler

Searching for a go-to centerpiece for those upcoming summer soirees? Turn to the runways for color inspiration! From blues to yellows, here are four need-to-know summer shades that will keep your bouquets totally on trend this season.

Ocean blue

Give your arrangement a little hint of the summer blues. Designers like Michael Kors and Donna Karan sent water-inspired dresses down the summer runways—everything from blue and white sheaths to bright blue minis. 

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Poppy red

Who doesn’t love to make a statement in red? The right shade is bold, flashy and totally sexy. Take a cue from Wes Gordon and Diane von Furstenberg’s shows by incorporating pops of red into your summer bouquets for something instantly glamorous.  

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Lemon yellow

Make an arrangement sunny and bright with pretty yellows, like we saw in Tommy Hilfiger’s collection. While we adore hints of yellow, try a vase of all yellow flowers to make a real statement.

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Vibrant violet

Guy Larouche nailed violet in his summer collection, sending gorgeous separates in the pretty hue down the runway. So this summer, why not test out the trend with pretty purple floral accents in your centerpieces.

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Red, White, and Blue

I’m sure you are all looking forward to a long holiday weekend and 4th of July BBQs. I know all of us at B Floral sure are! I wanted to share some of my favorite 4th of July party inspiration finds with you guys. I hope it inspires you to throw your best bash yet. Enjoy the holiday everyone!

Fourth of July Inspiration

4th of July DIY project // fun serving ideas // party decor inspiration // cupcake flag

Fourth of July Inspiration

popsicles // fun serving ideas // mason jar drinks // festive cake 

Modern Gingham

Happy Monday! I wanted to start this Monday off with a little event inspiration. I’ve been seeing Gingham used in events lately and love the modernization of such a classic print. Using just touches of gingham in napkins, table runners, bowties and on invitations works best to keep it modern. It’s clean, preppy and perfect for summer. Here are some of my favorite looks.

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An inspiration board from Peter Loves Jane shows just how versatile the pattern can be.

Envelope Liners

Gingham envelope liners would be perfect for a summer event invitation.

Drink Stirrer and Tie

Touches of gingham in a tie and drink stirrers from Ruffled.

Gingham Table Cloth

A gingham print would be perfect on cocktail tables for a summer event.

Chevron Inspiration

Time for a little inspiration this Monday in the form of chevron. Chevron simply means a line or strip in the form of a “v” or an inverted “v” and I’m sure you’ve seen it just about everywhere by now. From linens, to fabrics to papers, the simple pattern is a beautiful addition to tables, dresses and invitations.

Here’s some of my favorite ways to incorporate the trend…

Invitations

Invitations from KXO Design

Table Runner

Table runner from The Why We Love

Tablecloth

Sequined tablecloth from Elizabeth Anne Designs

Chalkboard

Chalkboard from Joie Lala Photography

Cake

Wedding cake from 100 Layer Cake

Chevron straws

Paper straws from Etsy

Happy Earth Day

Today is Earth Day and also the start of Bloomberg’s New Energy Finance Summit which discusses the future of energy at the Grand Hyatt. We had the opportunity to decorate Bank of America’s conference and reception rooms for the Summit and decided to keep with the sustainable, green theme of the conference. Events can easily be made environmentally conscious by simply taking a few steps. One major way is to not purchase cut flowers to decorate, instead choose potted ones that can be used to well after the event or even planted outdoors. For today’s event we chose to repot white orchids in modern silver vases and place wheat grass in small silver square vases. The end look was clean, modern and best of all, sustainable.

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