Home decorating with flowers

6 Dec

Both of my kids love flowers. Every time Daniel sees a flower, he gets all excited and says “FLOWER!” Then he toddles off to go and pick one before bringing it straight back to me. I think he’s going to be a little heartbreaker when he gets older.

Hannah’s always picking flowers too. She picks a couple flowers and then wants to bring them inside and put them in water. Right now we have a punnet of seedlings siting outside our front door waiting to be transplanted into Hannah’s little Minnie Mouse flower pots, since she likes flowers so much.

Today’s sponsored post is about flowers:

Home decorating with flowers

The most beautifully appointed and decorated rooms often feel as if they’re missing something. Have you ever walked in to a room that looked like something out of a home decorating magazine, but felt that it lacked that welcoming, warm feeling you associate with home? If you take a look around these rooms, you’ll often find the decorators have placed so much focus on furniture and

furnishings that they’ve forgotten one of the most effective extra touches: flowers. Whether they appear as a bouquet, in a single bud vase or a spray hanging over the mantle, flowers bring life and a multi-sensory component to your decor. Use these tips for selecting the right flowers and floral arrangements to complement your decor.

Let Your Style Be Your Guide
Is your home decorated in a distinct style, or does it change from room to room? Let a particular room’s style guide you in your selection of flowers or flowering plants to continue the theme and flow of the room. A flowering cactus would look great in a room with south-western decor, while a Victorian style room would call for a bouquet of cabbage roses, peonies or carnations.

Allow Your Personality to Shine Through
The personality of your room doesn’t have to be the only determining factor to guide you through decorating with flowers. Let your own personality shine through so the room feels like it’s yours. If you like to stand out from the crowd, let your flowers do the same by mixing different colors, heights and textures.

Add a Holiday Touch
No matter what the holiday, flowers add a beautiful touch that celebrates the festivities. Go with traditional holiday flowers, such as an Easter lily at Easter or a poinsettia at Christmas. Or use a color theme to choose your flowers.

Keep Your Arrangements Alive Longer
Nothing is worse than spending time to put together a lovely floral arrangement only to have it wilt the next day. Take care of your flowers as you arrange them to keep your arrangement alive longer. Trim 1/2 inch off the bottom of the stems and place them in a vase of cool water. Add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to the water to keep the stems from getting mouldy. Change the water daily to keep your flowers fresher longer.

Grow Your Own Flowers
One of the most rewarding aspects of making your own flower arrangements is using flowers you grew. You don’t have to have an expansive garden to grow flowers. A few pots or window boxes can provide sufficient room to grow a few varieties. If you’re new to gardening, start with easy-to-grow flowers, such as zinnias, marigolds, geraniums or Bachelor Buttons. If you can’t grow your own beautiful flowers, consider getting your fresh flowers locally. Australian readers can get a great deal on fresh cut flowers from Interflora.

flower arrangement

One of the many Interflora flower arrangements

Decorating your home with flowers should be fun, and allow you to indulge in your crafty, creative side. Don’t be afraid to try new things, even if they’re unconventional. There’s no rule that says you have to display a conservative-looking arrangement in a conservative style room. Let your creativity, personality and style shine through. Although floral arrangement, or even the task of selecting flowers for a simple bouquet, isn’t always easy as it looks, it gets easier as you experiment and create floral decorations for your home.

*This post was written and sponsored by Interflora.

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