Published on October 19, 2017

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Aside from the plethora of comfort food, one of our favorite elements of fall are the florals. We constantly find ourselves in awe of the vibrant contrast of bold hues derived from nature, and how they all complement one another with effortless elegance. So, when it comes to creating arrangements—be it for a centerpiece or a simple posy for the bedside table—we’re all for taking cues from nature itself. Next time you find yourself perusing the flower aisle at your local grocery store, ditch the pre-made bouquets and opt for a few single-type bunches instead. Set intimidation aside, we’re here to guide you towards creating the most chic arrangements with florals you can easily find at the grocery store. Here’s how.

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When selecting flowers, opting for an eclectic variety of shapes and colors. Begin with one or two florals that can double as the accent pieces of the arrangement—in our case, both the marigolds and dahlias were key for establishing the aesthetic we had in mind. Pick out longer floral fillers and greens, as well. 
 

Here’s what we picked up:

  • Dahlias
  • Celosia
  • Marigolds
  • Gomphrena
  • Regular fillers
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The Casual Bunch

 
Get creative with your floral vessels, utilizing pieces you already own for a more casual look. Keep the variety of flowers to a minimum, opting for the more stand-out pieces in lieu of filler flowers or greens. Similarly, you may stick to a cohesive color palette, or opt for a contrasting trio of shades. Here, an abstract mug stands in as a color-coordinated vase, complementing the saturated hues of the dahlias and celosia.  
 

Florals used:

Dahlias
Celosia
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The Asymmetrical Bunch

 
The best part of making an asymmetrical bouquet is the fact that you can let your creativity reign free. While it’s always important to consider an element of balance, you’re not as restricted as with a traditional arrangement. Here, the marigolds star as the centerpiece, accentuated by the rich tones of the dahlias, celosia, and blue salvia. Filler greens provide depth—an important detail to incorporate, when creating a lush bunch. We added in random strands of the gomphrena to impart an effortless feel and to create more movement. 
 
Pro Tip: Cut the individual flower strands in varying lengths to make the overall look seem accidental and less contrived. 
 

Florals used:

Dahlias
Celosia
Marigolds
Gomphrena
Blue Salvia
Fillers
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The Traditional Bunch

 
Think of this one as the more reserved option, ideal for entertaining or for when you’re working with similarly-shaped florals. Here, the marigolds are clearly the focal point of the bunch. While there’s a stark contrast between the yellow and the warmer hues, they complement one another perfectly. Filler greens provide a refreshing color detail while the roundness of the dahlias contribute to the richness of the bunch. 
 

Florals used:

Dahlias
Celosia
Marigolds
Gomphrena
Fillers
 
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The Simple Bunch

 
We’re channeling a Parisian bistro with this one. Slip a stem or two in a skinny glass, and prop it up on the breakfast table or dining nook for an ambient touch. Alternatively, you may cut the stems short and pop them in a bud vase for a similar effect.
 

Florals used:

Gomphrena
Blue Salvia 
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Discover more ways to decorate with fall flowers:

These Stunning Arrangements Use Just One Type of Flower
The Easiest Way to Make Any Flowers Look Expensive
Experts Spill Their Go-To Tricks for Autumn Floral Arrangements