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Flower Therapy -  Discover The Colours of Emotion

International Colour Expert Leatrice Eiseman Reveals
How Flowers Bring Feelings To Life

The power of colour is well established. Throughout time, nature’s spectrum has played a vital role in areas that significantly impact our everyday lives, from the colour of our walls, to our clothes, to our cars – and, even more meaningfully, our emotional responses. In this realm, colour may be more essential to our consciousness than we realize.

International colour expert Leatrice Eiseman, who has earned international acclaim for her five book titles, including Colours for Your Every Mood and The Colour Answer Book, has unearthed the philosophy of Flower Therapy. Eiseman believes that certain colour combinations – easily expressed in floral arrangements - can stimulate and relax the senses, release happy memories and enhance our moods.

“Our response to colour is intensely emotional, and flowers can be a catalyst for feelings that stimulate more than just our senses of sight and smell,” said Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute. “An artful floral arrangement has the ability to convey a feeling or create a mood without using words, just colour.”

Additionally, scientific research shows that flowers and plants have a beneficial impact on state of mind and emotions. Rutgers University behavioural studies have proven that flowers provide a simple way to improve emotional health – that the presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behaviour in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed.

Flower Therapy

Throughout our hectic, fast-paced lives, we seek to rejuvenate ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. According to Eiseman, flowers, in conjunction with their design and colour schemes, create feelings that enhance our moods.

“Color can help us find the balance we seek from our surroundings. And, flowers are an ideal way to harness the power of colour to enrich our lives,” said Eiseman.

The following are Eiseman’s five emotional colour palettes that are expressed through colour combinations in floral arrangements and the flowers that bring them to life.

Nurturing: A true sense of caring is created by a combination of colours that are fragile, soft and tender. Arrangements in pastel shades and the softest yellows, peaches, warm pinks, creamy whites and subtle greens make us feel safe, snug and loved. Consider a nurturing floral arrangement for a new mother, a sick friend or a grieving loved one – anyone who would benefit from a caring, loving embrace.

Romantic: A sensation of intimacy, nostalgia and comfort is captured in this colour palette, a blend of delicate warm and cool colours with lavenders and pinks at its heart. Romantic arrangements express loving sentiments and admiration to mothers, sisters, grandmothers, aunts, best friends, significant others and brides-to-be.

Sensuous: The rich, luxurious colour combinations of the sensuous palette set the mood for sophisticated, passionate and even seductive settings. Robust reds and purples, hot pinks and spicy oranges are at the soul of this dynamic floral feeling. Consider a sensuous arrangement for a very special evening or an elegant dinner party – anywhere you want to feel magnetic and extravagant.

Tranquil: Serenity and relaxation are the essence of this colour scheme. Its peaceful palette, reminiscent of sky and sea, is dominated by clear, light shades of green, misty blues and other cool hues. A vase of tranquillity is perfect for busy moms, harried professionals and those who seek a moment of calm from life’s stressful situations.

Whimsical: Fun-loving, free-spirited, playful feelings are conveyed by the whimsical palette, which is characterized by bold, contrasting colours. Floral arrangements featuring these hues set an upbeat tone and are ideal for birthdays, graduations, promotions and other celebrations.

“There is no doubt that beautiful surroundings provide us with a special environment that helps us thrive,” said Eiseman. “Flowers are an easy and affordable way to add a splash of colour and emotion into your life.”


When it comes to achieving Flower Therapy, consult a professional florist to ensure your desired emotion is expressed just the way you want it. Don’t worry if you are not familiar with the names of the hundreds of flowers available.

  • When ordering floral gifts, describe the recipient’s personality, as well as favourite hobbies or colours. Your florist can match the floral arrangement with the recipient’s personal preferences.

  • Tell your florist if the gift is for a special occasion (birthday, anniversary or other personal milestone) or just because. He or she can offer suggestions on how to best create an emotion with flowers.

  • If the flowers are for decorating or entertaining, describe the environment where they will be placed so your florist can create an arrangement that complements the style and colours of your home.

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