When it comes to home decor, flowers offer unmatched flexibility. Their presence shouldn’t pose any risk of breaching your lease, as opposed to putting a nail in the wall to hang a framed picture.
Guest post – Elisha Booth – FreshFlowers
It can be difficult to choose between the flowers we love, and those we feel will fit with the style of our decor.
Read on to learn how to match flowers with the style of your rooms and home, regardless of how cozy or airy it is.
Buds to honour traditional decor
“Tradition” embodies an established way of doing things, and in terms of Western decorating, this usually refers to the now antique style of Victorian and Edwardian manors. These homes were grand, studded with mahogany furniture, Persian rugs and fine porcelain or glass wares. A high ornamental value was also attached to lush plants and fresh flowers.
For traditional decor, flowers offer a burst of colour to shine against wooden or antique furniture. You might like to evoke a bygone era with these gorgeous blooms:
- Roses: Iconic red roses or pure white roses in a clear vase will draw attention to any table, or they can be hung in a variety of baskets or ceramic pots for an earthier look.
- Tulips: Any coloured tulip in a tall vase will do the job to make a small corner seem larger.
- Lilies: Traditionally, white lilies are the go, and are great when featured at the entrance of your home in a clear glass or white porcelain vase.
For a traditional touch of class you need look no further than the simple pot, vase or basket. For pots and vases, glass or coloured ceramic are your best choices. Wicker baskets will also do for the outdoor terrace. If space is limited, do not be afraid to hang those blooms up on your walls, if the landlord approves of course!
Blooms for homes with the bare minimum
Minimalist decor strips the room down to the bare necessities on a theme of “less is more”. Well-placed accents are crucial to a minimalist style, and flowers are the best way to make your home pop with colour.
If the elegance and liberation of clutter-free is your game, then try out these beautiful flowers for size:
- Chrysanthemums: Pink or purple chrysanthemums will add a new dimension of size to small or low tables.
- Roses: White roses are neutral in tone, and can be paired with other flowers for a fine combination arrangement on your desk or dining table.
- Orchids: Red, orange, purple, no matter, these slender blooms are great accents when placed against walls.
When going minimalist, you can make use of everyday objects to display your flowers. Anything from glass bottles, jars, buckets or even a wheelbarrow, if you have a courtyard, will create a rustic and minimal tone in your home.
Flowers for a contemporary style
Contemporary decor can be crudely funneled into two broad streams. The first draws upon the popular abstract art styles of the later 20th century, incorporating vibrant colours, and sharp shapes into the room. The other is urban in nature, utilising metals, timbers and a neutral colour palette.
Large flower arrangements are great for those inspired by the contemporary style. If that’s you, then then here are a few fragrant buds to complement your taste:
- Tulips: A bunch of white, pink, yellow or red tulips will add the final touch to your table, desk or stand.
- Lilies: A combination arrangement using lilies white or yellow lilies will accent small or large kitchens alike to perfection.
- Orchids: Go wild with an array of orchids in your living room to impress guests and facilitate reflection after a long day.
Simple containers work best for contemporary style rooms and feel free to get creative. Jars, tins, paint cans, and concrete blocks can service your industrial theme, or for the more refined side of contemporary slender vases, large ceramic pots and wire baskets will do the trick.
But I don’t have a style!
Yes, you do! Even if you don’t prescribe to what we’ve listed above, your home is styled a custom scheme of your own creation, and that’s exciting!
To incorporate a floral element, take note of the colours in your rooms, the materials of the furniture, and the amount of clutter. With this in mind, you can pot, basket, or vase some beautiful fresh flowers to liven any day.