Monday, December 19, 2011

Decorating Your Home with Flowers

Decorating your home with flowers has many advantages. Due to the wide variety of faux and live flowers available, homeowners can easily add vivid color and sensual textures to any part of the home. Flowers are also easy to change out, which makes it easier to change the décor to match the season or special occasion. Flowers are inexpensive, yet can make a home seem luxurious, alive, and highly fashionable.

Selecting the right flowers

When selecting the flowers, consider what purpose you want them to serve. Flowers can be used to attract or detract attention to a specific area. They can be used to create balance and symmetry or to create a contrast. Flowers can soften or accent harsh lines, angles and geometric shapes. They can also be used for calming or stimulating the human mind and body.

The décor style, type and location of the home, and amount of space available will be major determining factors in the selection. Children, pets, health concerns, color schemes and seasons will also be factors in determining which flower deliveries to use. However, it is mostly a matter of individual preferences. Some examples of matching flowers to style of décor, seasons and desired image projection are: • Contemporary style: A single calla lily, orchid, or bird of paradise bloom, along with smaller flowers placed in a simple, yet bold, vase. Little to no greenery has been used so that the focus remains on the individual blooms. • Country style: A basket or watering can filled with dahlias, daisies, or tulips, accompanied by sprays of roses, larkspur, or columbines. A small bucket or terra cotta pot could also be used. • Traditional style: An arrangement of focal flowers that have full petals. Chrysanthemums, lilies or roses, accented with baby’s breath or golden rod and a few stems of greenery are excellent choices, especially when loosely arranged in a glass or crystal vase. • Romantic style: A floral arrangement containing full soft blooms, closely-arranged in a Grecian urn, with draping greenery to accent it. Roses, gardenias, and peonies, as well as a crystal vase can be used for this type of arrangement.

For autumn: Floral arrangements that implement rusty-orange or golden hued flowers, accented with autumn leaves. Red-dyed sunflowers and chrysanthemums are good choices for autumn. • For spring: Floral arrangements that have soft and brightly-coloured flowers, such as daffodils or tulips. • For summer: Floral arrangements that have vibrant, brightly-coloured flowers, such as dahlias and sunflowers. • For winter: Red and white amaryllises floral arrangements that are accented with holly, ivy, or stems of pine.

For contemporary, sculptural look: Use a single long and spiky flower like bells of Ireland, delphinium, iris, gladiola, or liatrus. • For casual atmosphere: Use daisy-like and round flowers, such as dahlias, gerberas, hydrangeas, lilacs, and mums. • For formal atmosphere: Use flowers like calla lilies, orchids and roses. • For very informal atmosphere: Use arrangement of a variety of wildflowers, such as baby’s breath, cornflowers, phlox, poppies, Queen Anne’s lace, and yarrow. • For exotic atmosphere: Use exotic flowers such as anthurium, protea, and heliconia, accented with ferns. 

Faux vs. live flowers vs. dried flowers

People also usually have a hard time deciding which is better to use: artificial, live, or dried flowers. There are no set rules as to which type is better. All three have their pros and cons. These pros and cons are: • Faux (artificial): Pros- Are cheaply-priced, are long-lasting, are typically hypoallergenic, and are low maintenance. Cons- Are unscented so can’t set moods through aroma, have no natural color, and aren’t as memorable as fresh cut flowers are.

Live (real): Pros - Are affordable for most budgets, maintain their original scents, so can be used for setting moods through aroma, maintain their original vibrant colors, and are quite memorable. Cons - Can cause allergic reactions, certain types can be toxic to children and pets, require some maintenance, and eventually die and need to be replaced.

Dried: Pros - Are closer to natural flowers than faux flowers are, and well last several years if well-maintained. Cons - Tend to lose some of their scent, color, and natural beauty during the drying process and even more as time goes by.

It’s mostly a matter of personal preference. The desired color, size, texture and the way the flowers will be integrated into the home will be the basic determining factors. The more personal preference are used decorating your home with flowers, then the more unique the home becomes.

About the Author

Patricia Hall works part-time for a florist and flower 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!'

1 comment:

Brandon said...

Love your website. You make a great point here, flowers are pretty inexpensive, and are more than worth the price considering how brilliantly a bouquet can enhance a room. I haven been ordering all of my flowers online for the past few years, and it is always a pleasant surprise when a new arrangement arrives at my doorstep!

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