Photo: Courtesy of Matthew Mead
Play It Safe (or Take a Risk) with Color
The biggest mistake amateurs make when it comes to creating a bouquet: using every color in a pack of Skittles. Committing to one shade (like all white) is foolproof, but mixing different varieties in the same color family (as Mead did at left with these lilac- and plum-colored carnations) is an easy way to amp up an arrangement. For a bolder look, celadon green flowers (like button mums) pair well with anything—from coral-colored roses to sunny yellow tulips. Contrasting combos like Chinese red and bright violet or white and aubergine are other florist favorites.