Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day on Friday!

You may recall that we’ve mentioned before how as florists in NYC, everyone at Starbright is thrilled that Greenery is the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year — and March brings us even more reasons to celebrate with this revitalizing hue.

To keep up with the passing seasons, Starbright has dedicated a section of our website to March flowers, which have been carefully selected for their vibrancy as winter gives way to spring. Of course, Saint Patrick’s Day and Greenery were on our minds when we curated both that and our Emerald Isle collections —  we’re excited to share with you some of that Irish inspiration!

Starbright’s Orchid Tower is awash in Greenery for St. Patrick’s Day.

Saint Patrick’s Day, which has been celebrated since the 1600’s in honor of Christianity making its way to Ireland, has been marked by being a feast day — and it is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the heritage and culture of the Irish, here in New York City.

There are endless ways that you can incorporate Greenery into your celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day in Manhattan. From flowers to centerpieces, bow ties to green-tinged milkshakes, we’re delighted to share with you some ways that we’ll be celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day at Starbright!

Starbright’s Highlander is a wonderful way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

Starbright’s Highlander in NYC is awash in a sea of Greenery, and we wouldn’t want it any other way. By using a palette of dense Greenery in varying floral textures, the creative minds behind Starbright’s Highlander masterpiece added just enough variation to make this composition endlessly alluring.

There is perhaps nothing that evokes the beauty of Ireland more than clover. To honor that whimsical, leafy flower, our brilliant artisanal florists used lush, dense hydrangea to evoke the sense of being surrounded by clover in our beloved Highlander composition. The subtle orchids placed amid the bouquet allows for a surprise of color, that we think enhances just how striking Greenery is as a hue.

But the luck of the Irish has to be celebrated in more than one way in New York City! Starbright’s Blooming Meadows evoke the stunning Irish countryside, awash in flowers and perhaps even some mystical fairies tucked between the leaves. Even hints of Greenery make their way into this delightful bouquet; the delicate roses set off the fuschia-tinged hydrangea, while the crystal vases brings to mind the rushing rivers in Ireland.

Starbright’s Blooming Meadows capture the colors of the Irish landscape.

Of course, there is perhaps nothing as invigorating as luscious Greenery paired with crisp whites. Starbright’s florists decided that pairing sumptuous alabaster roses with spritely pepper grass in a range of Greenery hues would make our Morning Dew a darling composition that revisits the wonder of the Irish countryside. Rustic and elegant, Starbright’s Morning Dew bouquet perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the season.

Morning Dew was inspired by the dramatic beauty of Ireland.

Everyone at Starbright loves how festive Saint Patrick’s Day in NYC is each year. With all of windswept Manhattan preparing for Saint Patrick’s festivities, we hope you are able to blend some decadent Greenery into your celebration with Starbright’s dazzling flowers. As always, if you have an idea you’d like to see created in flowers, everyone at Starbright would love to make your floral dreams into a stunning bouquet, just for you!

Starbright Floral Design is a full-service florist located in Midtown NYC that has been brightening New York City for over two decades with flowers, plants and more.

It is our distinct pleasure to be of service to you in creating stunning floral compositions that will make you smile.

We are delighted to be able to carefully deliver each creation through our fleet of dedicated floral concierges in Manhattan, all of New York City and beyond.

In NYC, where anything is possible, we offer same-day delivery for our friends and clients to ensure that when want to send your wishes with flowers, orchids, plants and so much more, we are there to answer the call.

We invite you to visit us online or in our store, which you will find is bursting with flowers and delight in being of service to you. We would be thrilled to make your floral dreams come true!

Warm regards from all of us at Starbright, “The Official Florist of the City That Never Sleeps”.

Flowers, Festivals and Celebrations – It is what we do!

Starbright Floral Design

140 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001

Pantone Announces the 2017 Color of the Year!

With the fresh start of 2017, everyone at Starbright is thrilled with the new color of the year from Pantone called Greenery. And as (we hope!) your favorite florists in NYC, of course we would adore this color. A refreshing combination of greens and yellows, Greenery represents the optimism and all that is possible in 2017.

Greenery is the color of the season!
Greenery is the color of the season!

 

According to Pantone, Greenery is supposed to symbolize new beginnings, and in the spirit of Greenery, our floral crafters wanted to make that a reality for New York City. One of the ways that we’re doing that is by creating sumptuous flower bouquets in our Emerald Isle collection that incorporate Greenery into the mix. Of course, there is a bit of greenery to go with the Greenery!

Hydrangea in Greenery is a perfect foil for pops of orchids.
Hydrangea in Greenery is a perfect foil for pops of orchids.

Our lush Highlander floral composition is one example of how we’re bringing Greenery to Manhattan. An abundance of greens allows the different textures and hues of the flowers that are incorporated in the composition to take center stage, which will make a tremendous statement in a home of office in NYC. The grounding rocks at the base of the vase provide an unexpected richness and the surprising pop of white and burgundy orchids perfectly complements the beautiful Greenery.

Pantone notes that Greenery is evocative of the zesty, fresh breath of spring air and Starbright’s New York City florists adore this notion. Everyone at Starbright in NYC wanted to honor that spirit of vigor and peace by blending verdant Greenery with soothing, snowy whites. Starbright’s Calla River of Hope united these ideas of meditative zen in a crystal clear square vase, with the inspiration leaping outside the box! Our calla lilies rest peacefully alongside one edge, while lively blades of grass perk up the other side of the vase. Softening river stones at the base of the composition creates a beautiful foundation for all of this magic to spring from.

Calla lilies and blades of grass are combined to brilliant effect.
Calla lilies and blades of grass are combined to brilliant effect.

 

One of our favorite things at Starbright is how flowers can be designed to create so many different sentiments in NYC. Being true to the Greenery theme encouraged Starbright designers to dream of new and fascinating creations for our beloved New York City clients.

One of the ways we honored the Pantone color of the year of Greenery was by featuring green cymbium orchids to stand by themselves in our Zensational creation. Generally mixed into other compositions, the Greenery theme encouraged Starbright floral designers to consider color in a new light and use this terrific orchid in an exciting way. The green cymbium orchid is a proud and elegant flower that, on its own, is quite striking and dramatic. Everyone at Starbright was thrilled to have this beauty shine for others to admire.

Green cymbium orchid blooms create a sensational statement.
Green cymbium orchid blooms create a sensational statement.

 

As 2017 starts off with great excitement in New York City, we hope you fill your life with blooms that will make everyone smile. Greenery is the perfect color to usher in this new year and we would love to brighten your home and office with this color, and many more!

Starbright Floral Design has been spreading beauty through blossoms in New York City and beyond for over two decades. It is our honor and delight to thrill you with breathtaking floral compositions each and everytime.

As a full-service florist with a sweeping emporium located in Chelsea, you’ll find that Starbright is overflowing with fresh flowers, orchids, plants and so much more.

We understand that sometimes the only way to convey your thoughts and wishes is through flowers, so we offer same-day delivery in Manhattan, all of New York City and beyond.

Our floral designers and innovators are some of the best in the business. Starbright is honored to have earned the nickname “The Official Florist of the City that Never Sleeps” by over 200 concierges throughout NYC. We love to live up to that sobriquet by always going above and beyond for our friends and clients by ensuring that each floral bouquet is a magnificent creation.

We would be delighted if you visited us online or in our store and would love to make your floral dreams come true!

Warm regards from all of us at Starbright, “The Official Florist of the City That Never Sleeps”.

Flowers, Festivals and Celebrations – It is what we do!

Starbright Floral Design

140 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001

212.229.1610

New York Celebrates The Lunar New Year!

Lunar New Year Wishes

 

Millions of people around the world gathered to celebrate the start of the Lunar New Year this week. Here in New York, the party is just getting started! Celebrate the holiday in style this weekend with these helpful floral hints.

 

Flowers and Fruits For Chinese New Year

Narcissus

These cheerful yellow flowers, also known as daffodils, are a sign of good fortune and prosperity. They are one of the most auspicious flowers to include in New Year celebrations.

 

Oranges

A symbol of the sun, these fruits are a sign of abundant happiness. If you’ll be attending a Chinese New Years party at a friend’s or family member’s home, consider taking a basket of these cheerful fruits. To make a tasty treat basket more traditional, add some candied nuts – peanuts are a favorite and symbolize a long life.

 

Orchids

These delicate blooms are symbolic of abundance, refinement, and luxury. Whether you prefer the large Cymbidiums, smaller Mokaras, or living Phalaenopsis – orchids are a highly desirable gift during this season. Check out some of our favorite arrangements featuring orchids here and here.

 

Peonies

These lovely blooms are often associated with riches and honor. This blooms are also a popular symbol of feminine beauty and affection.  For Chinese New Year celebrations burgundy peonies are considered particularly auspicious.

Colors For Chinese New Year

While selecting your blooms this weekend, focus on warm colors. Red is by far the most popular color as it traditionally is associated with good fortune and joy. It is also a good idea to avoid white flowers as this color can represent mourning.

 

Want to join the fun? Check out the Chinese New Year parade this Sunday at 1pm, February 22nd 2015. See you all there!

CNY Parade
Chinese New Year Parade Route Downtown NYC provided by BetterChinaTown.com

 

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Looking for flowers in New York City? Visit our Event Gallery for inspiration. Or see our daily selection at Starbrightnyc.com.

 

 

Glorious Greens – NYC, have you stopped to smell the myrtle today?

Glorious Greens
From Left : 1.Spiral Eucalyptus 2.African Boxwood 3.Myrtle 4.Italian Ruscus 5.Pittosporum                                           6.Acacia 7.Seeded Eucalyptus 8.Broadleaf Dusty Miller 9.Lace Dusty Miller

Glorious Greens

So, design. When it’s good, it’s usually great – and when it’s bad, it’s usually “ugh, awful, no way!” This is true across the board – fashion, graphic design, food, flowers, you name it. Many people think that the trick to good design is “having a great concept” – those people aren’t wrong, but they’re missing the secret: a good design covers all the details. When it comes to flowers, one of the details we almost never hear customer’s mention is the Green Stuff.  But any floral designer with an attention to detail knows better.  Starbright’s designer’s are fully aware what a difference upscale greens can make in an elegant flower arrangement for NYC floral consumers.

They may not be the star of the show, but these glorious greens can have a huge impact on the “vibe” of an arrangement. They are also a great way to personalize the standard Valentine’s Day fare of “a dozen roses”. Whether your looking to send something light and airy or lush and full – the greenery is a great place to make it your own.

Some of Starbright Floral Design’s favorite greens :

1. Spiral Eucalyptus : These “dusty” green shoots are ideal for filling in lofty arrangements and adding height. One of Starbright Floral Design’s favorite uses of seeded eucalyptus is with long-stem roses. This classic combination creates an airy elegance perfect for the minimalist in your life.

2. African Boxwood : Notable for it’s fine-toothed leaves and reddish tint, this green is a great compliment to all sorts of arrangements. The little, but lush clusters of leaves will fill in a lot of space and add a slightly “fresh-from-the-garden” feel to your arrangement. Boxwood has a long-vase life and will dry-out nicely as well.

3. Myrtle : This is another fantastic green to accompany your long-stem roses for Valentine’s Day. The bright jewel-green leaves and wood-like stems also have a sharp, clean smell and will stand up nicely in taller arrangements. In ancient Greco-Roman times, Myrtle was considered sacred to Venus, the goddess of love, and used to decorate wreaths and make garlands.

4. Italian Ruscus : Ruscus is an interesting addition to any arrangement. The large leaf-like cladodes are a brilliant green that matches the green stem; the tonal color makes these waxy greens look almost too perfect to be real.

5. Pittosporum : These are one of the more common greens that appear in short and mid-height arrangements. The plain leaves are bright green while the variegated variety is a softer shade of green with ivory details around the edges. But our favorite part about working with this green at Starbright Floral Design is the sweetly scented leaves.

6. Acacia : This unique green isn’t as common around the shop as some of the others, but it’s always worth asking. Acacia has a unique appearance that makes it great for tall arrangements. The thin branches are entirely covered in sharp triangular leaves, while pre-flowering yellow pods sprout wildly on the top third. In the language of flowers, the acacia signifies secret love. Check it how Starbright Floral Design used acacia in this arrangement to add height and texture :

Acacia
Acacia makes a fantastic backdrop for delicate flowers while adding height

7. Seeded Eucalyptus : This eucalyptus variety has a softer appearance than the spiral eucalyptus. The leaves of this variety are slightly larger and droop romantically around cluster of lighter, and brighter seeds. If you’re looking for something softer that could potentially be described as “dreamy” – this is the eucalyptus for you.

8. Broadleaf Dusty Miller : These leaves are prized for their uniquely sliver appearance and soft felt-like texture. Another “romantic” green, broadleaf dusty miller looks great in low arrangements where it’s short stems can get to water.

9. Lace Dusty Miller : Another variety of dusty miller, known as silver ragwort, which is perfect for adding extra romance to an arrangement. The leaves of this variety also have a soft felt-like feel and silvery color.

Dusty Miller
Dusty Miller adds a complimentary “softness” to any arrangement

 

Next time you call the shop and order some flowers, feel free to give us some hints about the whole arrangement. We want you to be 100% happy with your flower purchase – the best way for us to do that is to give you exactly what you want!

 

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Looking for flowers in New York City? Visit our Event Gallery for inspiration. Or see our daily selection at Starbrightnyc.com.

Starbright NYC Floral Color Trends From The 2015 Pantone Colors

Floral Color Trends for 2015

Whether you prefer roses to wildflowers or herbs to orchids, stay on point with 2015’s most trending colors.

Finding Marsala in Florals

Marsala
Marsala

This year, we’re looking towards the healing hues, especially with Pantone’s color of the year Marsala. Balancing somewhere between the color red, coral, and brown, this warm earth tone can be both boldly impactful or subtly interesting. Though the color Marsala is not naturally present in many flowers, we love how the hues and shades of similar colors can be integrated into floral arrangements to create the feelings of warmth and comfort.

Some Flowers available in shades of Marsala

  • Alstroemeria
  • Anthurium
  • Carnation
  • Chocolate Queen Anne’s Lace
  • Dahlia
  • Freesia
  • Orchids
  • Protea
  • Roses
  • Sunflowers
  • Tulips

 

Shades of Marsala
Shades of Marsala

 

And Tangerine…

Tangerine
Tangerine

 

A shade of orange that balances the energy of brighter citrus colors with coral’s softer appearance. This fun-loving color is easy on the eye and easy to add to an arrangement. This is a great color to consider when sending flowers to friends or family members.

Some flowers available in shades of Tangerine

  • Alstroemeria
  • Calla Lily
  • Dahlia
  • Gerbera Daisy
  • Lilies
  • Orchids
  • Ranunculus
  • Roses
  • Snapdragon
  • Many More!

And Strawberry Ice…

Strawberry Ice
Strawberry Ice

Strawberry Ice is a sweet shade of pink that has more substance than the candy shades and less punch than the brighter shades. This refreshing shade pairs nicely with Tangerine or warm Almond shades. Starbright Floral Design in NYC suggests considering this color for something sweet.

Some flowers available in shades of Strawberry Ice

  • Alstroemeria
  • Amaryllis
  • Anthurium
  • Calla Lily
  • Dahlia
  • Gerbera Daisy
  • Lilies
  • Snapdragons
  • Many more!

And Classic Blue…

Classic Blue
Classic Blue

Starbright Floral Design loves classic shades of blue for inspiring confidence and reliability. A cool shade, blue is thought to be calming and relaxing. Most blue flowers are more purple than blue…and sorry! blue roses don’t exist in nature (but there’s always spray paint and flower dye if you insist)

Some flowers available in shades of Classic Blue

  • Agapanthus
  • Anemone
  • Delphinium
  • Hydrangea
  • Veronica
  • And a couple others!

 

 

 

And Glacier Gray…

Glacier Grey
Glacier Grey

 

This unobtrusive grey enhances surrounding colors while adding an air of peace and relaxation. This neutral puts a new spin on masculine when coordinated with white, black or one bold color. It is also a great way to add an air of dreamy romance to an arrangement featuring soft shades.

Some flowers available in shades of Glacier Gray

  • Brunia
  • Dusty Miller
  • Hydrangea
  • And a couple others!

 

 

 

 

We’re looking forward to highlighting these colors in 2015! Happy New Year!

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Looking for flowers in New York City? Visit our Event Gallery for inspiration. Or see our daily selection at Starbrightnyc.com.

 

 

Color Profile : Orange

Ever wonder where flowers got their “meanings”?

Color psychologist don’t. And they have loads of studies backing up their theories. The general model of color psychology relies on six basic principles:

  1. Color can carry specific meaning.
  2. Color meaning is either based in learned meaning or biologically innate meaning.
  3. The perception of a color causes evaluation automatically by the person perceiving.
  4. The evaluation process forces color motivated behavior.
  5. Color usually exerts its influence automatically.
  6. Color meaning and effect has to do with context as well.[1]

Over at Starbright Floral Design, we get to work with lots of colors everyday and all of us have our favorites. But why are they our favorites and what does that say? Up this week :

Orange

mini pumpkins
Orange comes in all sorts of forms here at Starbright Floral Design
“Orange is red brought nearer to humanity by yellow.” Wassily Kandinsky

The color orange has a special place in Starbright’s design palette even though it is the most contested colors here in the US; people generally have a “love it” or “hate it” reaction to orange. Here at Starbright, we tend to collectively lean towards loving it. And what’s not to love? According to Color Wheel Pro, “Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation”.

What makes orange so special?

Orange is a vibrant and energetic color that is highly visible to the human eye. It is often used catch attention and highlight important elements of a design. For a similar reason, orange can also be considered a “bargain” color – in floral design, this means orange flowers will make an arrangement feel more present.

The shade of the color is extra important when considering the symbolic associations of orange. Because the color was named for the fruit, orange is often associated with health and vitality. While in a muted tone, burnt or greyed oranges that can be commonly spotted in the color of changing leaves are most often associated with Autumn. Because of the close connection to nature, more subtle shades of orange are often used to represent change, movement, and comfort.

 

For Encouragement
Orange explosion
Orange you glad you did something for yourself today?

Are you trying to start a new project? Quit an old habit? Beginning a journey? Orange promotes a positive perspective on life and help to motivate people to look on the bright side of a situation. According to the color symbolism of ancient heraldry, orange represents strength and determination.

This perky shade is your best bet when you want to rev yourself up so you can hit the gym or channel creativity for a work project. “Orange is said to stimulate enthusiasm” 

 

For the Kids
Gerbera Daisies
Great big orange gerbera daisies

Looking for something for someone young? Kids and teens are especially down with the color orange.  We’re guessing it might because orange tends to carry a sense of adventure about it.

 

For the Hostess
Walk on an Autumn Day
Walk on an Autumn Day

It’s not always easy to say what you want to say. The color orange is associated with social communication. Studies have shown an increase in two-way conversations while the color orange is present. According to color theorists, “this color is both physically and mentally stimulating which gets people thinking and talking!”

 

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Looking for flowers in New York City? Visit our Event Gallery for inspiration. Or see our daily selection at Starbrightnyc.com.

Color Profile : Red

Ever wonder where flowers got their “meanings”?

Color psychologist don’t. And they have loads of studies backing up their theories. The general model of color psychology relies on six basic principles:

  1. Color can carry specific meaning.
  2. Color meaning is either based in learned meaning or biologically innate meaning.
  3. The perception of a color causes evaluation automatically by the person perceiving.
  4. The evaluation process forces color motivated behavior.
  5. Color usually exerts its influence automatically.
  6. Color meaning and effect has to do with context as well.[1]

Over at Starbright Floral Design, we get to work with lots of colors everyday and all of us have our favorites. But why are they our favorites and what does that say? Up this week :

Red

Red is for Romance
Roses, amaryllis, orchids, hypericomb berries and autumn leaves

Did you know that red is the most common color used on national flags?  Or that red is generally considered to be a good luck color in Asia? Or that red is the traditional color for 40th anniversaries?

What makes red so special?

Red is the color of extremes. It is a warm color with a lot of energy. It is the second most visible color to the eye, though about 8% of the male population cannot see it. Many people think of red as the color of action. To the ancient Greeks, red was the color of super-human heroism. And while we’re certainly not going to knock that association, it’s also worth mentioning the color’s current day connection – romance.

 

For Someone Special
roses are red
Roses are red

“As it happens, red is an exquisite ambassador for love, and in more ways than people may realize. Not only is red the color of the blood that flushes the face and swells the pelvis and that one swears one would spill to save the beloved’s prized hide. It is also a fine metaphoric mate for the complexity and contrariness of love. In red we see shades of life, death, fury, shame, courage, anguish, pride and the occasional overuse of exfoliants designed to combat signs of aging. Red is bright and bold and has a big lipsticked mouth, through which it happily speaks out of all sides at once. Yoo-hoo! yodels red, come close, have a look. Stop right there, red amends, one false move and you’re dead.”

From NYTimes.com

If you’re not convinced, check out this article, “Red Alert: Science Discovers The Color of Sexual Attraction”  from Psychology Today. It’s action packed with useful information.

For the Home
Orchids
Orchids

 

Decorating a home means balancing style and utility, favorite colors and what’s available, space and lack of space. Red is one of the top two most popular colors, but many people stay far away from it when picking their color schemes. Contrary to popular belief, red is a great color to bring into your space. Whether your looking to add feelings of warmth and comfort or richness and luxury, red is a favorite of feng shui experts and interior designers alike. Known for increasing appetites, red details are especially great for the kitchen and dinning areas as well as the bedroom. But be careful to use reds in moderation – too much red can be over stimulating and cause restlessness.

 

For Body, Mind, and Soul
Starbright Arrangment
Inspire Me

Dealing with life can require an extra kick sometimes. If you’re not a big coffee drinker, consider adding a bit of red to the area. Physically, red can cause a bump to your blood pressure, speed up your heart rate, and motivate you to action. Red flowers can also increase the sensitivity of your senses and lend feelings of boldness, courage and action.

If red is your favorite color, you might be a strong person who craves independence. And if you have a particular aversion to the color red, it could mean you tend to be impulsive and could use some calming influences. Mixing reds with teals, blues, and greens (as in the arrangement above from StarbrightNYC) can balance strong red shades enough for even the strongest red-dissenter.

 

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Looking for flowers in New York City? Visit our Event Gallery for inspiration. Or see our daily selection at Starbrightnyc.com.