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5 tips for a DIY flower centerpiece

If you'd like to try your hand at flower arrangement, you can start with a simple floral centerpiece for your home. Floral centerpieces can spruce up a bare dining table as well as add colour and texture to a room, and it makes a great DIY project. Follow these tips and you'll have a unique centerpiece in no time.

These tips are provided by The Floral Atelier, a new couture flower shop at 40 Eng Hoon Street that offers styling services and hands-on workshops.

The Floral Atelier boutique. Credit: Kelly Fan, Studiokel

If you'd like to try your hand at flower arrangement, you can start with a simple floral centerpiece for your home. Here are five tips you should follow:

1) The flowers, foliages, and foam should be hydrated for at least 24 hours prior to the DIY session. This ensures that they are in prime condition when you start arranging.

2) Have in mind what you'd like for your home before you start! While poking through the foam and re-arranging the flowers as you go is possible, doing so constantly will cause the foam to eventually lose its structure. This will affect the sturdiness of your centerpiece.

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3) Too many colours do not work! For first timers, try going monochromatic. Select flowers and elements that consist of hints, tones, shades of a single hue. Shades of white, with some greenery to break up the monotony, is a monochromatic design that suits most homes.

4) Don't be overwhelmed by your materials. Use the three main groups in this order: Base flowers > Floral Highlights > Texture Accents e.g. ferns and berries. 

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5) A centerpiece should never block the sight of those around it. Having one that does will hinder conversations and visuals across the table. What you do is, rest your elbow on the table and ensure that the highest point of the centerpiece does not come up higher than your wrist. 

When you're done, remember to keep your arrangement away from direct sunlight. A cool and moist environment, with daily water changes, will maximise its life span.

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