No matter what decorating trends come and go, professional interior designers and homeowners all agree that one thing never goes out of style: floral arrangements.
Even the dullest room can instantly look bright, full, and lively with these timeless accents. Fresh flowers provide an instant lift to any space, highlighting its best features and making its design flourish. It’s also the best way to lift your spirits; after all, what’s more refreshing than coming home to the brightness and fragrance of vibrant blooms?
However, looking for the right flowers with the right vases can be an overwhelming process. Different spaces have different decor needs, and flowers can make or break the look of a room.
To make the process easier, we’ve put together some tips that can bring the excitement back to decorating your home with gorgeous blooms!
Combine contrast and consistency
Remember one of the most important rules of decorating: don’t match, complement! Keep in mind that your home is still the star of the show, and the flowers are there to play a stunning supporting role. Make sure your flowers don’t overwhelm your home.
A good tip for creating texture and depth is to remain consistent with your interior’s style while adding a hint of contrast so it doesn’t look repetitive.
If your home has a more sleek, modern look, you can go for a clean-lined, single-flower bouquet to keep its contemporary look; but your choice of flower has to have bold colors with dense petals to provide depth, such as alliums, begonias, roses, or bulb flowers. You can also go for a rounded or patterned vase to contrast the hard lines and flatness of modern interiors.
For more traditional or antique homes, you can go for dense bouquets to complement the richness of your interior. Look for arrangements with foliage and unique flowers, such as irises, cherry blossoms, peace lilies, and blackthorn flowers to add a touch of modern style while maintaining your home’s vintage look.
Create pleasing color palettes
Start with the current style and prominent colors of your interior. Look for color palettes that will complement the hues of your room. Once you have a feel of the visual harmony of your space, you can start adding in complementary but different colors. This will prevent your flowers from drowning in your room decor and wallpaper; it will also help develop your eye for creating vibrance and contrast.
Let’s say your home has a color palette of subtle blues. You can go for brighter shades of blue or purple to add enough contrast while still preventing color clashing. You can also consider adding a bouquet with softer hues to a room with brightly-colored decor and wallpaper for balance.
It’s also important to build your color palette with your interior style in mind; for instance, you have more open spaces or a rustic interior, consider going for earth tones and soft neutrals to increase the homey, lived-in feel of each room.
Take note of scents
It’s not all about looks when it comes to flowers; you also need to consider how your bouquet’s aromatic presence will affect the scents in the space you’re decorating. For instance, it’s not advisable to use flowers with strong scents at the dining table. Their floral fragrances will likely overwhelm the senses and disrupt your meals. Go for freesias or roses, which have subtler, more delicate scents that will nonetheless add radiance and elegance to your table.
If you have a taste for exotic, powerfully fragrant flowers, it’s best to put them in the bathroom. Not only will their unique look add texture to the flat space, they will also keep it smelling fresh and clean. Gardenias and orchids are well-known for their robust aromas that can easily ward off unpleasant smells.
For your bedroom, it’s best to place flowers with soothing scents that can help relax you into peaceful slumber. This is particularly helpful for those who struggle with insomnia or other sleep problems. Imagine sinking into your bed after a long day and breathing in those cool, gentle scents!
Spruce up specific areas
While flowers can brighten up any space, there are spots in your home that might need more dressing up. It’s a good idea to pay more attention to decorating these particular areas:
- Coffee table – For most living rooms, the coffee table is an essential piece that provides a sense of comfort and familiarity. It’s also usually the center point of living room decor, which means the right flowers canreally tie the room together. Go for simple arrangements with a pop of color for a warm, appealing vibe.
- Bedside table – Like we mentioned earlier, keeping a lovely vase of bedside flowers can help ease your mind and melt away the worries and stress of the day. It’s also a great way to help you get energized in the morning. Keep a tall, simple arrangement on your bedside table to avoid clutter and make room for other bedroom essentials.
- Hallway – The first thing that greets you and your guests when you arrive home is your hallway, so it’s a good idea to make sure you have gorgeous arrangements to provide a warm welcome. For homes with high ceilings, go with taller, more sculptural arrangements. Trailing flowers are a good way to spice things up. For low ceilings, go for full bouquets in horizontal to make your home feel cozier.
- Dinner table – Good meals and conversations can only get livelier with beautiful floral arrangements. It also adds a touch of luxurious elegance to your home decor. For round tables, consider a tall, simple centerpiece arrangement. If you have a long table, a good tip is to place them in rows. Make sure to have vases of varying heights to create a well-balanced but interesting look.
- Shelves – Placing flowers in your shelves around the home can make them feel less dense or overstuffed. It can also prevent cluttering, as flowers make you more conscious of how many and what kind of items you place on your shelves. Put small, charming blooms in simple pots and place them in between books and decor.
Don’t be afraid to get a little playful! Flowers are all about fun and flair, so it’s okay to try and come up with fresh ideas.
A good way to exercise your creativity is to plan your floral arrangements around seasons. They can help you familiarize yourself with seasonal colors and care for seasonal blooms. It’s also a good way to be present in the momentand keep in touch with nature.
Feel free to experiment with placing flowers in different spots; such as tall vases for your floor, or potted blooms for your windowsill, or a simple bouquet on your work or study desk for extra boosts of inspiration.
Photo by Andy Art