Flowers are the best way to give your living space a temporary sprucing up. Studies have even confirmed that having flowers in a room improves mood and reduces anxiety (plus they look pretty!). There are so many different flowers for every occasion, season and mood that it’s easy to keep them around as a year-round staple.
The ways to use flowers as home decor are endless, but here are 9 super easy, low effort floral arrangements and ideas to incorporate flowers around your house.
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1. Try Your Hand at Flower Arranging
You don’t need to be a florist to make your own arrangements! Making your own bouquets is cheaper, more customizable, and a fun chance to flex your creative muscles. Not sure where to start? This guide on how to arrange flowers is a great place to grab some tips and inspiration.
2. Pressed Floral Frames
Fresh flowers fade, but you can easily preserve their beauty for years to come by pressing them. This process dries out any moisture and keeps blooms looking bright and colorful.
Take some dry flowers and place them between two sheets of parchment paper. Put them in a heavy book you don’t mind giving up and weigh it down with more books. If your flowers are thick like a rose, just cut them in half before pressing. After a few weeks, carefully remove the dried flowers with tweezers and
arrange them to be placed in your favorite frame.
3. Floral Coasters
Give those pressed flowers some practical use. Bring the outdoors in by placing a few pressed flowers and leaves on some wooden table coasters. Seal it all in with some clear epoxy resin and let dry for a few days. This works best if you sand down the surface of the coaster before epoxying.
Gift a set to a friend, or keep them for yourself, I won’t judge.
4. Make Your Own Vase
Maybe you don’t want to mess with flowers, but still want to add a unique touch to that beautiful bouquet. Here’s a trick: by putting flowers in a smaller vase inside of a bigger glass vase, you can fill the space between them with whatever you like. You could suspend fresh fruit slices in water, fill it with pretty stones, sand or tiny shells. The possibilities here are endless, so get creative with colors and layers.
5. Use Complimentary Colors
Speaking of color, the right ones can really make flowers pop using some simple color theory. The eye is naturally drawn to the pleasing contrast of complementary colors, colors that are directly across from each other on the color wheel. Using two of these colors is a great way to make an arrangement the focal point of a dining room or coffee table!
Some particularly stunning combinations are purple flowers in a yellow vase or orange flowers in a blue vase, but feel free to play around with what matches your home the best.
6. Colored Vase Water
Adding food coloring to the water of a glass vase is a great way to bring some whimsy to an arrangement. Ask your kids to use a few drops to create their favorite color, and as the days go by, watch as the flowers soak up that coloring into their petals!
You’ll be able to see this effect particularly well in white flowers like daisies, tulips, and roses. Press the best ones so your little ones can remember this experiment forever.
7. Add Some Ribbon or Twine
This is a super simple way to add a personal touch to a vase. Add a rustic feel by tying some twine in a bow, or around and around again to make a thicker band. For a more elegant look, glue a studded ribbon directly onto the vase’s rim. While you’re at it, consider tying the flowers’ stems together where they meet for extra sturdiness.
8. Floral Bath Salt
Nothing says class like flower petals in your bath products. Skip the bath bomb and mix 4 parts Epsom salt to 1 part baking soda, add in 30-40 drops of essential oils (lavender + chamomile = ultimate relaxation), some coconut oil, and dried lavender flowers (or use this salt already infused with soothing scents). Toss some of this mixture in your next bath and try not to doze off. Actually, you go ahead and do that. Your body could use the rest.
9. Candle Bowl
Candles and flowers are both so beautiful, but can be risky to place next to each other - unless you put them together in a bowl of water! Find a shallow bowl with a wide opening, then arrange a couple of tealight candles among big and small blooms. If the flowers don’t want to stay upright, poke what is left of their stem through some bubble wrap and they will stay in place. Combined with the floral bath salt from #8, you’re in for an extra luxurious spa night.
It doesn’t have to be springtime to enjoy nature’s best, so go for it, add some extra pizazz with these floral home decor ideas!
This was a guest post by Alexandria of Florist Transworld Deliveries.