Decorating with Flowers: The Basics

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Decorating with Flowers: The Basics

Staff Writer · Jun 24, 2010

Decorating with flowers is a simple and easily changeable way to spruce up your home. It can be difficult, though, determining which variety, color, and whether it ought to be silk or real flowers, to use in your decorating. Following a few basic rules can make using flowers in your decorating a breeze.

Determine the Space Where Flowers Will Look Best

While flowers will easily fit almost anywhere, there are a few places where they might not work best. Areas occupied by children or high traffic areas are not the well suited for flower arrangements as the container could easily topple. Similarly, places easily accessible to animals may not work well as your arrangement could quickly become food. Higher shelves, wide tables, bedroom dressers and other similar spaces will work best for flower arrangements.

It is also important to question whether the colors and fabrics currently in the space will lend itself to the additional colors and textures of the flowers. If the area already has various colors, textures, or is heavily decorated adding flowers may be more difficult.

Determine the Best Color for the Area

Is the area in general more neutrally or brightly colored? Is the furniture darkly or lightly stained? These questions will help you understand which flower colors will look best in the room. A bright arrangement will bring depth and a pop of color to neutrally colored rooms or rooms where colors blend together subtly. A room with bright wall paint or fabrics will look best with light colored flowers. The same rule is not true for furniture stains, however. Darker stains blend well with both light and dark colored flowers, while light stains could be overwhelmed by bright floral arrangements.

Determine the Appropriate Size for the Arrangement

A small space or vase requires a different sized arrangement than a larger, more open area. Unfortunately, while measuring may help, it is impossible to ensure the exact size of a floral arrangement. The flower’s height, of course, can always be changed. It is best to approach the task with a general idea of whether you need a small, medium or larger arrangement.

It is also necessary to consider the size of flower that will best fit the space. Smaller petals can be added together to fit into any space but larger petals take up more of the display area requiring fewer stems. Consider, too, how long you anticipate having the flowers because as they bloom the petals will open wider. For instance, rose petals, when first purchased, are tightly closed and the flower takes up very little space, but as the flowers age the petals open, requiring more.

Shop, Shop, Shop

Half of the fun of decorating with flowers is purchasing and creating your own, individual arrangement. Go shopping and ask the florist what flowers are in season as they will be less expensive. Make an initial lap around the store to see what is offered in the colors you want. On your next trip around the store’s floor, pick a few of the blooms you like best and hold them together in one hand. If your choices are pleasant to your eye then your arrangement is complete. Do not be afraid to make several trips and add and remove stems to your bunch.

There is no secret to arranging flowers in a vase. Rather, it is a job requiring you to play with the stems, arranging and rearranging as you see fit, until the end result is satisfactory. To ensure that the flowers will all be the same height, do not cut stems until last.

Would Silk Flowers Be Better?

An option for decorating with flowers is using silk flowers. Available at craft or other decorating stores, this option can initially be more expensive, but as the flowers will not wilt the cost is not a waste. The process for choosing silk flowers is the same as for living flowers, but you must also choose an appropriately sized and colored vase and filler. Rocks, sand or moss are great fillers for the bottom of the vase but another option is fake water. Use a hot glue gun to secure the arrangement in place if there is a chance it will be in a high traffic area.

Decorating with flowers is a great way to show off your ever-changing personality. Live floral arrangements can spruce up any room, and are changeable as quickly as you grow tired of the old arrangement. Investigate wholesale florists to find the best costs on cut flowers. But most of all be creative!

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