Bringing some of the outdoors in the form of floral arrangements can turn a dull and dank environment into a bright and inviting home. Flowers are not only aesthetically pleasing but can also add a wonderful scent or fragrance into all areas of your home.
These three tips will help you find your preferred flower arranging techniques, where best to place your bouquets and different flower arranging techniques that you can try out in your home. And remember, there is a great article on interior design principles if you get stuck!
1. Flower Holders
Plain old, glass flower vases are great for arranging different types of flowers in different ways. However, introducing new and interesting flower holders can turn an ordinary arrangement into something special.
So think out of the box. Use water jugs or pitchers, metal buckets or wooden boxes to arrange flowers in new and interesting ways. You can also use different techniques to change the look of your boring old vases.
Tie a colorful ribbon around the center or top of your vase. Add some bling or jewelry to the outside. Raffia is great for creating a traditional country look. Put a couple of drops of food coloring in clear glass vases and finish the look with some pebbles, beads or even crumpled plastic sheets in the water.
Food coloring will not only brighten up your vase but will also change the look of your flowers. Watch the flowers soak up your desired colored water and see the petals change hue.
The size of the flower holder relative to the flowers that will be placed in it is important. Make sure that at least 1/3 of the flower stem is above the height of the vase. This will help balance the vase (so that it won’t topple) and will ensure that the flowers aren’t crowded by the vase. For flower pots and boxes, much less of the stems should be visible.
2. The Placement
Flowers are best placed in areas or on surfaces that will allow them to be at eye or shoulder level when entering a room. In rooms where people are seated, the flowers will be most attractive at the eye or shoulder level of a seated person.
If you are bringing in flowers for a specific occasion such as dinner or tea party, make sure that the arrangement is not too bulky or large that it interferes with eye contact and conversation. Flower arrangements for social events are always best placed below shoulder level or above head height.
You can place flowers in every room in your house. However, make sure that the arrangement suits the size of the space that it will accommodate. For example, smaller rooms or bathrooms are more suited to a single stem in a vase or even pretty glass rather than large bouquets with multiple flowers. Arrangements in larger living areas will be more effective if they contain multiple blooms or different types of flowers in one bouquet.
3. The Arrangement
Flower arranging is an art form that any person can learn and is highly individual in preference. Joanna from Wild Rose Florist suggests you can opt for the more traditional arrangements that include multiple types of flowers, foliage and fillers arranged in a green oasis and shaped as desired. Alternatively, you can opt for the modern look of simply placing a few stems of one specific flower loosely in an attractive vase. If you want you can visit Joanna’s site and see the beautiful signature arrangements she does at www.wildroseflorist.com.au – she is a true artisan.
Make sure that you have enough flowers so that the arrangement does not look sparse. If you find that your vase is too wide, get some foliage (green leaves, stems, ferns, etc.) to place between the flowers. Make sure that your foliage does’t overwhelm your flowers and cut them a couple of millimeters shorter than the bloom.
At the same time, it is important not to force the flowers into a vase too closely together. This will squash the stems and cause the flowers to wilt and die quickly. If you want a structured look, rather buy a flower arranging oasis into which you can stick the stems cut at different lengths.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with different flower arranging techniques and methods. Look in magazines and online for new ideas so that your flowers always look amazing and beautify your home.