No matter your decorating style, you can brighten your home by custom ordering an arrangement from your local florist or creating one of your own:
- Educate yourself on varieties of flowers and greenery
Knowing the varieties of flowers and greenery, their season, and the colors each is available in is your first step to decorating your home with flowers. Use a good flower encyclopedia for your research.
- Choose flowers, colors and styles that accent your home’s décor
Choose full-petalled focal flowers, such as roses, chrysanthemums, or lilies and accent with baby’s breath or solidago (golden rod). Arrange flowers loosely with a few stems of greenery in a glass or crystal vase.
Try a watering can, basket, terra cotta pot, or small bucket and fill it with tulips, gerbera daisies, or dahlias for a fresh from the garden feel. Accenting with spray roses, columbines, or larkspur will add a wildflower look.
Choose flowers that make a bold statement with a single bloom, such as calla lilies, birds of paradise, or orchids. Your vase should be equally simple, yet bold. Use minimal flowers and little or no greenery to keep the focus on the individual blooms.
Create a dramatic arrangement with full, soft flowers, such as peonies, roses, and gardenias. Use draping greenery, such as ivy, and arrange flowers closely in a crystal vase or Grecian urn.
- Choose the appropriate flowers for the changing seasons
Many flowers, such as roses, are both available and appropriate year-round. Other flowers, however, have a specific season. For the perfect seasonal arrangement, choose the right flowers, colors, and accents:
Tulips and daffodils are popular spring flowers, and are often the staple of spring arrangements. Soft or bright colored blooms are appropriate for spring arrangements.
Sunflowers and dahlias are popular summer flowers that can be included in any summer arrangement. Bright or vibrant colored blooms will enhance your summer arrangements.
Golden or rusty-orange hued flowers are ideal for autumn arrangements. Chrysanthemums or red-dyed sunflowers, accented with autumn leaves, will make the perfect autumn arrangement.
Amaryllis is a winter blooming flower that comes in red and white, and will be a stunning addition to any winter arrangement. Accent your winter arrangements with holly, ivy, or stems of pine.
- Care for your fresh flowers
Once you have the perfect arrangement for your home, you will want to be sure to care for your flowers properly. Our video guide to caring for your fresh flowers will provide you with important tips for extending the life of your cut flowers.
Place your floral arrangements in any gathering area of your home where they can take center stage, and enjoy your home as it comes into full bloom!