Holiday Shoppers Love New Colors; Floral Designers Share Color and Texture Trends for Fall-Winter Holidays 2017

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Fall-Holiday flower trends coincide with the annual return of imported French peonies to NYC’s Gabriela Wakeham Floral Design’s selection of seasonal & holiday flower arrangements– and similarly to online flower shops across the United States

Red peonies NYC, imported from France and available for luxury flower delivery NYC by Gabriela Wakeham Floral Design New York, NY

Imported Peonies Make an Annual Return to Flower Markets in the U.S. in November and December

We walked into the New York City Flower Market this week & there were glorious, luxurious imported peonies in several of the most important new colors for this year’s fall and holiday seasons, elegant blush tones & a softened shade of rich burgundy are so much in line with the feeling of the moment.

As changing political winds sweep around the globe, its impact on feelings and decisions can be considerable, and flower choices are among those showing evolution and change. In a manner similar to what has been noticed in fashion and other color-centric industries, in-demand flower colors have been trending toward softer hues.

The Fall 2017 Pantone Fashion Color Report takes note of a trend toward warmth after surveying fashion runways in New York and London. Its report also observes the contrasting presence of more dynamic shades as described by Latrice Eiseman, who is the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

“We walked into the New York City Flower Market this week and there were glorious, luxurious imported peonies in several of the most important new colors for this year’s fall and holiday seasons,” said New York City Luxury Florist Gabriela Wakeham. “Elegant blush tones and a softened shade of rich burgundy are so much in line with the feeling of the moment.”

Known primarily as spring flowers – and a perennial favorite among luxury flower shoppers – imported peonies make an annual return to flower markets in the U.S. during November and December.

The Fall-Holiday Season | Floral Texture Trends for 2017

While color and color choices are undoubtedly driving factors in consumer’s decisions about flowers and floral arrangements this season, texture and theme also are important considerations. The Holiday 2017 Season now includes imported peonies in shades of blush, pink and softened burgundy highlighted by the Gabriela Wakeham design team also fall in line with a significant current floral trend toward softer more feminine looks. Leanne Kesler, who is director of the Floral Design Institute in Portland, Oregon, put it even more succinctly noting that flowers trending this year are feminine and ruffley.

A spirit of femininity present in floral design is not a new idea, but its current presence is especially prevalent. With a look that could be described as vintage botanical, or perhaps more simply as fresh-picked-from-the-garden, softer colors and bunches of varied flowers are often mixed with greens and leaves. Variations on these ideas are leading the floral design conversation as precision and rigor give way to more unique and off-handed designs. Color can either harmonize or contrast, depending on the recipient and occasion. But the over-arching softness and sweetness of the design style come through again and again.

The Fall-Holiday 2017 imported peony arrangements offered by Gabriela Wakeham Floral Design ( for flower delivery in many New York City locations include a dazzling arrangement of Tall Red Charm peonies. These are oversized intricate blossoms in a powerful but softened shade of burgundy. When displayed in a taller premium burnished gold vase, the look is simply striking. For flower senders wanting to make a unique personal statement that bucks current trends, another option are coral pink peonies. They are in bold, vibrant pink offer a look that is very confident and very feminine.

2017 Year-Long Floral Trends in Broader Focus

The Society of American Florists is also among those weighing in on floral design trends and sees a number of additional themes. Its trend forecaster Michael Skaff of Skaff Floral Creations in Hinsdale, Illinois, identified three significant trend themes for 2017.
These include anything natural that he says can bring the look of nature inside the home. Skaff also feels France is in the air and says French looks and colors feel right this year. He calls out cinnamon red, gold and blue as key colorways. Lastly, he says urban consumers have interest in older artifacts being brought in to floral designs often resulting in a final look that is modern, even though historic elements are incorporated.

On-Trend Fall and Holiday 2017 Flowers in New York City

Gabriela Wakeham Floral Design actively participates in the development and perfecting of trends in flowers and colors. The portfolio of design options presented in its online NYC flower shop range from modern to classic, with many in-the-moment specialty design suggestions such as peonies in November and December that are on-trend with the season’s most popular colors. In addition, its Vintage Botanicals collection has soft colors in feminine designs with vases resembling family heirlooms – perfect for the flower mood in 2017.

No matter whether you are inspired by current color and texture trends in your choices, or have a strong preference for a unique look that is all your own, the Fall-Holiday 2017 season is a great time to send flowers. Elegant peonies, feminine fresh-from-the-garden bouquets, or your favorite blooms in softer tones are only a few of the new and interesting choices!

By Ariel Cherie, Guest Columnist

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