Displaying your finished bouquet _ The most important part of creating your own arrangement is to make sure everyone sees what you have accomplished. Display your arrangement in a cool area, away from direct sunlight and excessive heat or drafts. If you decide to display the bouquet on a table, use a coaster or dish under the vase to protect the wood surface. It's also a good idea to keep flower arrangements away from electrical appliances, as an unexpected spill might cause damage to your equipment or even cause injury to someone.
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.