Western style arrangements typically consist of a free form assemblage of flowers in a container. In contrast, Ikebana is more of a disciplined form of art, governed by well_defined rules, principles and techniques. For example, certain precepts regulate elements like the light and the shadows. There is also what is known as the three points of balance _ shin_fuku_tai in Japanese _ which symbolize man, heaven and earth, respectively, and that have to be in harmonious equilibrium in order to give true life to an Ikebana flower arrangement. This and the fact that stems and branches are used in addition to flowers, are perhaps the most obvious differences with western_style flower arrangement.
When you are satisfied with your flower arrangement, you may put a few sprays of your filler on design or arrangement. It should always be balanced the style of your arrangement. You want it to be simple and elegant. You may stand back and view your flower arrangement from every angle and side. Do you like what you see? Does it look good?