Wednesday, March 7, 2012

{guest post} THE PERFECT FLOWER DECORATION by Patricia Hall

Patricia Hall works part-time for a florist focusing on floral delivery but loves to surround herself with flowers at any given point of time. Even in her free time she loves to involve herself with everything flora and fauna. 'To me there is nothing more beautiful and global as the language of flowers - it is the easiest to understand all around the world in the same way. That is one reason why I truly admire flowers for what they represent in some ways - unity of all mankind!' 

Choose the Perfect Flower Decoration to Posh Your Living Experience & Environment

What’s the best way to bring natural beauty into your home? Decorate with gorgeous, colorful, in-season flowers and floral arrangements. Flowers can set the tone for any kind of atmosphere, from stark and modern to dramatic and romantic. Plus, so many flower arrangements are easy to do yourself. Whether you want to order flower deliveries online or you like heading to the florist to handpick your buds, bring the outdoors inside with fresh blooms.

Choosing the Perfect Flower

When picking out the different flowers you want to display in your home, think about what purpose you want them to serve. Do you want to pull people into certain rooms? Do you want people to avoid using certain counter tops? You can create balance and symmetry in a room with the right floral arrangement. You can also make harsh architectural lines look softer with florals. Some flowers are used to create a calm environment or to reinvigorate. Some flowers are used to calm nerves or improve mood. Certain scents, like lavender, can ease stress. Bright, citrus colors, like yellow and orange, will lift the spirits and increase energy.

Roses always look elegant. Choose red roses to create a romantic, luxurious bedroom. Display white or pink roses by a window to brighten a room even more. Sweeten up the scent of any room with peonies. Fresh peonies smell lovely and placing them in a small room or apartment will freshen the entire area. Peonies come in red and pink. As long as you’re not allergic to wildflowers, they make for a fun, rustic atmosphere. Just be careful that you don’t pick up poison ivy along with the florals. To add a creative element to any room, pick up fireweeds. There’s some debate over whether this is a weed or a flower, but either way, it’s a gorgeous plant. The pink-purple petals are remarkable. Country living doesn’t get any more homegrown than by displaying sunflowers. These flowers can be heavy, so make sure to display them in a sturdy vase. Choose either traditional yellow sunflowers or the more rare black sunflower. Day lilies are another popular flower to display in the house. The day lily plant is easy to care for and has thin, long flowers that open up during the day and die when the sun sets.

Flower Arrangement Tips

Unless you used to deliver flowers, you probably don’t know exactly how to arrange florals for a beautiful presentation. Follow these tricks of the trade to start putting together flower arrangements like a pro.

The most modern type of arrangement will look slightly thrown together. However, you still want to take time to arrange the flowers. You want it to look effortless, not actually be effortless. Walk around your floral arrangement to ensure that it looks great from all angles. This is especially important if you’re going to place the arrangement in the center of the room instead of against a backdrop. Try to set your flowers against a neutral backdrop whenever possible so that their natural beauty and color shows strongly.

To save some money, put small clusters of different kinds of flowers throughout the house instead of one, huge flower arrangement on the mantel. Single-stem arrangements can be beautiful if you want to display florals on a small surface, such as your nightstand. If you want to display more than one flower on a surface, put one or two flowers in several vases and gather the vases together.

Types of Vases

Of course, you can always display your flowers in a traditional vase. However, if you want to add a unique touch to your rooms, or you run out of vases, there are several alternative ways to display florals.

Have a tiny flower peek over the top of a beautiful, shallow China teacup. Put one or two short-stemmed flowers into a mason jar or jam jar for a rustic look. Place sunflowers in a milk bottle. Display a long-stemmed flower in a thin bottle. Antique sugar bowls are perfect for a collection of pouffy, round flowers, like hydrangeas. Float flat flowers without their stems in a large bowl. Teapots, tins and even liquor bottles all make for interesting vases, too.

Thank you Patricia for the lovely post. This definitely has me thinking about stopping by my local florist today to pick up a bouquet of fresh flowers...I'm SO ready for Spring!

1 comment:

  1. Loved the way how beautifully the flowers in second and fifth pictures are decorated.. It certainly looks picture perfect...beautiful!