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.
Creating floral designs that catch a viewers eyes is a skill which good flower designers have. Just like an artist who creates a piece of artwork that captures the viewers attention, the florist needs to be able to create a design that pulls a viewer into a floral design. When pullled into the design, the viewer experiences something that must be good about the designer. It will help them to think positively about the designer.