For Valentine’s Day, U.S. consumers spent nearly $2 billion on flowers in 2019. It’s clearly the biggest reason to buy flowers in America by far. But why are we only reserving flowers for special occasions?
Flowers add so much beauty to the home and there’s no reason they shouldn’t be celebrated year-round. Their living beauty offers endless opportunities to make your home look gorgeous and elegant.
If you’re looking to brighten up your home with fresh flowers, there are so many ways to do it without expensive Valentine’s Day bouquets.
Read on for our best tips on decorating with plants and flowers in your home.
Choose a Simple, Beautiful Vase
When it comes to decorating with plants and flowers, choosing the right vessel can make or break the display. While it may be tempting to go for ornate and robust designs, you may find that less is actually more.
Decorating with plants makes the flowers the focal point of the display. If you pick a flashy or complex vase, this can distract from (or even clash with) the beauty of your floral display. That’s why it’s a good idea to pick something simple that will really allow your flowers to shine.
For example, a simple clear vase makes an elegant display that matches any decor. Or, choose a stainless vase for a look that’s sleek and modern without distracting from your beautiful bouquet.
Go for a Modern, Minimalistic Look
Forget the floral patterns and quilted designs of country decor. If you like a more modern, minimalistic look, you can easily achieve it by decorating with plants and flowers.
Instead of going for huge bouquets, placing one or two beautiful blooms in a sleek vase is a chic way of using plants in home decor while still keeping up an air of understated elegance.
You can also go for a monochromatic look by sticking to one color of flower for a single burst of color in a room. White blossoms also maintain a clean, modern look while still bringing freshness and beauty to the room.
Match Different Color Shades
You can achieve a subtle ombré effect when decorating with plants by choosing varying shades of the same color. Display them in order of darkest to lightest, or vice versa depending on your personal tastes.
If you’re looking for plant decoration ideas using this method, try picking up small, fat bouquets of the same blooms and placing them in short vases, all in a row. You could start with a deep violet bouquet and work up to a pastel lavender, like lilacs. Or, you could start with brilliant reds and work your way up to poppy oranges and sunburst yellows.
Create a Floral Centerpiece
Find a vase or other watertight container with a wide mouth and add water-soaked floral foam to the bottom. Then, buy an array of freshly-cut flowers in varying shapes and sizes. Use the foam to secure each flower in place as you create your very own floral arrangement for a beautiful homemade centerpiece.
Don’t worry if you don’t master it right away. This one takes practice. However, if done well, you can add a gorgeous, lively focal point to your living room or dining table by decorating with plants and flowers you arranged yourself.
Make Your Own Floral Wreath
This is another project where floral foam comes in handy. You can purchase a circular ring of this foam and use it to make your own wreath of freshly-cut flowers for your home.
To start, take your ring of floral foam and soak it well with water. Then, you can begin sticking in different cuts of your favorite fresh flowers until they cover all areas of the foam. It’s easiest to start with bigger flowers and use smaller blooms to fill in any gaps.
Once you’ve completely covered the foam, you’re left with a gorgeous homemade floral wreath. It’s a cheap, easy, and beautiful way to get creative with decorating with plants and flowers in your home.
Display with Creatively Upcycled Items
This is especially useful if you’re wondering how to decorate with plants and flowers on a budget. You don’t have to limit yourself to basic vases. In fact, pretty much anything that holds water can become a beautiful vase for your flowers.
For example, try recycling old jars and bottles by making them into inexpensive vases for plant decorations. Or you can dig out that old glassware you never use and see what flowers it can hold.
You can also upcycle a lot of items into cheap planters for indoor house plants. For instance, you can easily transform an old bucket or watering can into a new planter by adding potting soil, flowers, and drilling a hole for the soil to drain. The possibilities are endless.
Upcycling is a great way of decorating with plants while being more environmentally friendly as well. As an added bonus, the look is a shabby-chic and rustic way to display your blooms.
Match Your Decorating with Plants
If you like to have a certain color scheme in the rooms of your home, why not use flowers to add to it? Decorating with plants and flowers offers a huge variety of colors and blossoms to work with. All you have to do is pick fresh blooms that perfectly match your home’s existing decor.
If you want to take things up a notch, you can even purchase floral-themed wall art and start decorating with plants that match the pictures. It’s an eye-catching look that’s sure to impress.
Freshen Every Room with Flowers
Flowers have been known to make your home more attractive to buyers if you ever decide to sell. This is because they look beautiful and add freshness to your space. But why wait until you’re selling to begin decorating with plants?
Treat yourself to the delight of floral decor year-round, buyers or not. You’ll be amazed at how much beauty and life they can add to your home.
For a home that’s full of freshness and beauty, add a simple vase of flowers to every room. Or, if you’re looking for something that lasts longer than cut flowers, you can also hunt for houseplants to keep by the windows. Just be sure you read their care and sunlight requirements in order to keep them alive and healthy.
Pick Fragrances You Love
Flowers do more than just add beauty to your space. Many of them have beautiful fragrances that will fill a room with their lovely scents.
If you already have a favorite scent, such as rose, lilac, or gardenia, then these are wonderful options to include in your home when decorating with plants. If you’re not sure, then just browse your grocer’s cut flowers and go for the flowers that smell wonderful and fragrant.
Many flowers and herbs even have aromatherapeutic properties to them. For instance, geraniums are known for their uplifting fragrance, while roses carry a highly romantic essence. If you’re looking for something more relaxing, a small vase of lavender flowers is sure to fill the room with a calming scent.
Cultivate a Home Garden
Adding flowers to the exterior of your home is a surefire way to up your curb value. Decorating with plants and flowers around your home makes your house look lively and beautiful while attracting butterflies, hummingbirds, and other gorgeous guests to your yard.
Having your own garden at home also can help you save money and keep you healthier. Along with decorative flowers, you can also plant your own vegetable and herbs right in your backyard. This is a great way to save money while enjoying the numerous health benefits of adding fresh, homegrown vegetables to your diet.
If you’re not sure where to begin, figure out what kind of sunlight you can get in your yard. The, take a trip to your nearest hardware store and check out the many options in their lawn and garden department. Each plant has a detailed card for care information, or you can consult with the employees to find the best blooms for your garden space.
Put Together a Flower Basket
Just like upcycling vases and planters, you can also get creative and put together a big tub of flowers for your yard. This is a great option if you’re only renting the space, or if you want something less permanent than having a home garden.
If you have a big metal tub laying around, or even a basket that you’re not using, these make great outdoor planters. Decorating with plants of all shapes and sizes is easy if you find a container that’s large enough. Get creative with the design and be prepared to enjoy the results.
Adding flowers to your home creates a beautiful, natural freshness that adds life to your existing home decor. Now that you’ve got some ideas for decorating with plants and flowers, it’s time to get out there and start hunting for some fresh blossoms!
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