We love flowers. They can elevate any gathering and make your space more beautiful and interesting by adding color and texture. If all else fails, flowers! They give any space that ‘I tried without trying’ look. However, if your budget is limited or you don’t feel comfortable putting together your own arrangement, here are some quick and easy tips.
- Flowers are pretty things. Many of us have a type of flower we think is ugly, but in reality, the flower totally depends on the occasion and what it’s paired with. Pink carnations get a bad rep for being ‘cheap’ and daisies feel ‘junior’ but paired with some pink and white peonies, they can look beautiful and expensive.
- Anything that holds water is a vase. Similarly, anything that holds dirt is a planter. This gives you a whole new world of options. Bottles, boxes, bowls, jam jars, mason jars…all can hold water and all can be vases. Plus, you get total street cred. for your creativity and how quickly you can transform your table. You are now a floral ninja.
- Your ‘vase’ decides the height of the flower. Small vase, cut your flowers shorter. You get a little more control and fullness. Tall vase, keep the stems long. I used a mason jar and as hard as I tried, I couldn’t get my arrangement to work. In an act of desperation, I cut the stems unnaturally short and it totally changed the game.
- The more you try to get your arrangement perfect, the more it will look fake. Place your flowers randomly but keep them balanced. Leave the flowers as they are (leave the leaves), learn to love asymmetry, and find freedom in literally throwing them together. Let the flowers do their thing.
- Branches and weeds are the middle children of flowers. Don’t leave them out! They last much longer than flowers and make a huge impact.
- When choosing flowers, stick to 3 – 4 flower types and go for one greenery, one larger focal piece and one with some airiness or a sculptural quality. If you’re vibe is monochromatic – make sure they’re not all exactly the same color.