Go Beyond Red Roses for Valentine’s Day!

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A bouquet of vivid red roses is a classic Valentine’s Day gift, but what if you are not sending quite the right message? Roses come in many colors, and each of those colors holds its own meaning.


Red roses, of course

Traditionally, red roses symbolize love, beauty, courage, and respect. No wonder they are a popular pick for the holiday of love! If you are simply head over heels for someone, this standby bouquet is a wonderful choice, but what if you’d like to share a different sentiment?

Other colors of love for Valentine’s Day

Lavender roses

Lavender is a powerful rose color, indicating love at first sight and enchantment. It’s subtle enough that it is less “lustful” than a red rose can be, and suggests real love and affection. If you’ve had your eye on someone and you want to get to know him or her better, make lavender your choice!


White roses

Consider sending white roses for a twist on a classic. White flowers symbolize true love and reverence, telling your intended recipient you are thinking about them.


Some people say that white flowers evoke the purity of white wedding dresses and are thus a symbol of new beginnings, which can certainly be appropriate for a new relationship, or one that you’d like to move to another level.


A single white rose does not have the passionate connotations of red roses, but it’s more original, and can be charming because of that alone.


Roses that are also good for friends and family


Cream roses

To warm up an offering of white roses, you could try cream. Cream is just as charming and just as considerate as white, but with softer edges. Friends and family are likely to consider cream a more appropriate color than white if you want to express love or say a thank you.


Pink and peach roses

A pink rose is a great gift for a friend or family member. Without saying a word, you will be showing appreciation and gratitude. Pink is a sweet color, conveying happiness and grace.


You can, of course, give a pink flower to a significant other, but in this scenario it might be a touch too gentle to show your partner how much they mean to you. They are better-suited for people with whom you are not romantically attached, but with whom you have nonetheless shared precious moments. A pink rose will remind them of your shared happiness and sweet memories.


For a variation on pink but to convey a similar message, look out for peach, which are just as beautiful. They are an elegant way to convey deep gratitude and appreciation.


Yellow roses

You’ll want to send yellow roses with caution. They are preferable to red for non-romantic relationships. Some say that they represent infidelity. This is not a good theme for Valentine’s Day!


As bright and cheery flowers, however, they are wonderful at spreading cheer to friends and family. A yellow rose is vibrant and warm. It can be the perfect, optimistic color choice for the run-up to Spring.


Now that you know what color of rose to feature in your gift, it is time to think about the rest of the arrangement.


Experiment with multiple rose colors

Where a single color doesn’t say all that you wish to convey, a bouquet will. Red and white roses together, for example, not only look beautiful but also symbolize harmony and bonding. If you want a dual-tone arrangement, this is a dramatic combination.


When combining your color choices, lighter hues go well together. Add any darker colors, like red, salmon, or orange with care. They may send the message you want, but if the colors don’t work together, you’ll be creating the wrong impression. It’s important, therefore, to match what you want to say with colors that go well together, too.


Colorful novelty roses

For the ultimate in color combinations, look out for novelty colors. These can combine different sentiments all within the same flower. You can send white roses with red tips, for example, for a suggestive combination of innocence and passion. Roses that are almost marbled yellow and pink add depth to your offering, each color reinforcing the positive connotations of the other.


Finally, this is the time of year to think about what message we are sending with every color flower we choose. The truth is, you can apply these meanings all year long!


More importantly, my advice for now is to take your Valentine’s Day bouquet inspiration from these flower meanings, but don’t be afraid to go with your personal style. Above all, be thoughtful when it comes to color and you will make that special someone smile.




About the Author: Amy Wax

Amy Wax, creator of Color 911®, is an artist and experienced color consultant, recognized for her expertise in the world of color and design. Fifteen years ago, Amy created Your Color Source Studios, Inc. a company specializing in the architectural application of color. Amy has received numerous awards for her color expertise.

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