Whether or not you are still working at a safe social distance or practicing self-isolation at home, a little dose of floral inspiration is currently much needed. These books are great for when you want a rest from your screens, but still want all the binge-worthy photo inspiration.
1. Cultivated: The Elements of Floral Style by Christin Geall
In Cultivated: The Elements of Floral Style, designer and teacher Christin Geall describes her journey into the world of floral design. Her many years experience with gardening heavily influence her design work, she is an advocate for using nature inspired florals to create wild yet refined garden-like arrangements. Scattered throughout the book are images of her beautiful designs that reflect the diversity present in nature. Not only does this book share her journey and outlook on design, but it also contains advice on drying, styling, and foraging florals, along with some amazing historical references.
Cultivated: The Elements of Floral Style can be purchased here.
2. The Flower Colour Guide by Darroch and Michael Putnam
The Flower Colour Guide by Darroch and Michael Putnam is a well-stocked database with hundreds of images of gorgeous single stemmed flowers all arranged by colour. It is a great reference to keep on hand and can be used to kickstart the creative planning process, as a source of inspiration when you are searching for the perfect floral to use in a design, or as a study tool and observe the qualities and style of individual flowers.
The Flower Colour Guide can be purchased here.
3. Blooms: Contemporary Floral Design by Phaidon Editors, with an introduction by Clare Coulson.
Blooms: Contemporary Floral Design provides a synopsis of current floral design trends, showcasing striking arrangements and presenting an introduction to prominent floral designers whose works have been showcased around the world. Innovative designs are displayed across full page spreads to provide (at a glance) some of the trends that have inspired contemporary floral work.
Blooms: Contemporary Floral Design can be purchased here.
The next two books are from Photographer Ngoc Minh Ngo, the emphasis on incorporating the beauty of nature in everyday life is the guiding theme in both works. Practically made for the coffee table, they are an amazing source of inspiration for colour palettes and floral combinations, and with the ethereal photographs of nature, just generally calming.
4. Bringing Nature Home: Floral Arrangements Inspired by Nature photographed by Ngoc Minh Ngo, arrangements by Nicolette Owen’s.
Bringing Nature Home: Floral Arrangements Inspired by Nature can be purchased here.
5. In Bloom: Creating and Living with Flowers photographed by Ngoc Minh Ngo
In Bloom: Creating and Living with Flowers Can be purchased here.
6. On Flowers: Lessons from an Accidental Florist by Amy Merrick
On Flowers: Lessons from an Accidental Florist author Amy Merrick details her personal journey to becoming a floral designer and shares her motivation for creating beautiful nature inspired work using the unexpected. She shares her design style she’s cultivated through travelling around the world and through reflection upon her own life experiences, all in which play a part in the way she creates.
On Flowers: Lessons from an Accidental Florist can be purchased here.
Happy reading, flowering friends!