At this time of year, anything we can do to brighten our surroundings can help improve our mood. So this week’s Living Stylish post is all about to how to brighten your home with flowers. I know I have been little nervous of creating floral displays, having family members who are experts, but actually I have learned that it isn’t as hard as you think. And if you don’t like the display you have created you can always take it apart and start again.
Liz, on the other hand, is our resident floral expert and has much more confidence than me. Below she has created a variety of displays which needn’t cost a lot. In fact most of the flowers came from Tescos and we added some twigs and greenery from the garden. You can use anything that will hold water to display your flowers in. From something as simple as a jam jar, with some ribbon or raffia tied around it as a rustic option, to a more formal display in a cut glass vase.
Scroll to the bottom for where to buy similar vases to the ones we have used here. A beautiful vase makes a lovely gift too.
We have used a variety of sizes of vases, as well as some jam jars and a wicker basket.
We chose a selection of roses, tulips, daffodils, chrysanthemums, gypsophila and lilies.
Then we added some twigs and greenery from the garden. Twigs are really useful as you can use them as a frame for the flowers rather than needing to add oasis.
Step by step to create a mixed arrangement with tulips and roses
We used a large vase with a wide neck, then added some of the twigs. Balance the height of the twigs above the rim of the vase to a similar height inside the vase. Arrange the twigs with the stems crossing so that you can place the flowers in the “frame” you have created.
Start adding the tulips, filling in the gaps in the frame with the stems and making sure you have them in different directions so that as well as the height from the twigs, you are creating a balance with the width as well.
Then do the same with the roses.
And finally fill the gaps with the gypsophila.
Daffodils are the perfect choice for bringing early Spring into your home. This simple display is created in a jam jar tied around with string and a piece of lace.
Notice how we have created height and width and used greenery and twigs to add to the rustic feel of the jam jar.
A square vase works well too. In this pretty Spring display the daffodils are cut to different lengths.
Our basket looks gorgeous filled with the greenery and yellow flowers. It would be perfect for a kitchen window cill.
For a simple, but dramatic display, choose a tall, narrow top vase and add one beautiful lily.
Ceramic jugs also make good choices for displays.
At this time of year yellow and white always look fresh. But why not choose colours from your colour palette? We are often drawn to colours that actually suit us. I find myself choosing yellows, peaches and reds more than pinks in cool burgundy.
I hope this has given you some ideas of how to brighten your home with flowers. Don’t be afraid to give it a try, no one is judging and you can rearrange them until you are happy with the display. It’s for your pleasure, so as long as they make you smile that’s really all that matters.
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